Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Touring
Reload this Page >

Thin wire and small bike lock

Touring Have a dream to ride a bike across your state, across the country, or around the world? Self-contained or fully supported? Trade ideas, adventures, and more in our bicycle touring forum.

Thin wire and small bike lock

Old 10-20-13, 08:15 PM
  #1  
RWBlue01
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 443
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thin wire and small bike lock

I don't need a bike lock most of the time, but there are times when I would like a bare minimum thin wire and keyed lock. The type of thing that would keep a teen ager from waking away with the bike for a joy ride, but wouldn't stop a dedicated thief.

Does anyone have something like this?
Is it something I should order or something I should go to lowes and make?
RWBlue01 is offline  
Old 10-20-13, 10:15 PM
  #2  
djb
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Montreal Canada
Posts: 8,770
Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1060 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 30 Times in 24 Posts
guess it depends on your perspective, I personally am not keen on having a key to lose, so prefer a simple coil lock that isnt too heavy, packs small yet can still get around a tree etc. Coil locks tend to have plastic on them so they won't scratch your frame. As you say, these are situations where we are really stopping opportunistic thefts.
djb is offline  
Old 10-20-13, 11:11 PM
  #3  
dorkypants
Senior Member
 
dorkypants's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 488
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 23 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I use a snowboard leash. It's a thin coiled cable with a combo lock. Mine was well under $10 from REI. It won't stop a thief with wire cutters, but will encourage a casual passerby to consider easier prey instead.
dorkypants is offline  
Old 10-20-13, 11:46 PM
  #4  
urbanescapee
Senior Member
 
urbanescapee's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Posts: 188

Bikes: 2011 Raleigh Sojourn, 2012 Marin Four Corners, 2013 Soma Saga, 2014 Scott Spark 940, 2017 Brompton H6E

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by dorkypants View Post
I use a snowboard leash. It's a thin coiled cable with a combo lock. Mine was well under $10 from REI. It won't stop a thief with wire cutters, but will encourage a casual passerby to consider easier prey instead.
+1

This sounds exactly like what you're looking for. (Snowboard Lock)

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...snowboard+lock
urbanescapee is offline  
Old 10-21-13, 06:40 AM
  #5  
Myosmith
Lover of Old Chrome Moly
 
Myosmith's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: NW Minnesota
Posts: 2,907
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 136 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 8 Times in 7 Posts
Most bike shops have smaller cables designed for leashing a valuable seat to the frame, but with the addition of a padlock, they work well for walk-off locks.



http://www.amazon.com/OnGuard-Akita-...ike+seat+cable
Myosmith is offline  
Old 10-21-13, 06:50 AM
  #6  
tcs
Palmer
 
tcs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Parts Unknown
Posts: 5,882

Bikes: 1980 Mike Melton, 1982 Stumpjumper, 1982 Santana, 1984 Alex Moulton AM, 2008 BikeFriday tikit T-11, 2010 Dawes Briercliffe, 2017 Dahon Curl i5, 2019 Surly ˝DT14

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 522 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 30 Times in 29 Posts
I've used the inexpensive, plastic housing retractable cable locks in the past and wasn't impressed with the build quality. These days when I ride down to the coffee shop I use an OnGuard Atika Short with a miniature aluminum housing combination lock. A small brass keyed lock would work as well.
tcs is offline  
Old 10-21-13, 09:55 AM
  #7  
Tourist in MSN
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 5,769

Bikes: 1961 Ideor, 1994 Bridgestone MB-6, 2006 Airnimal Joey, 2009 Thorn Sherpa, 2013 Thorn Nomad, 2015 VO Pass Hunter, 2017 Lynskey Backroad, 2017 Raleigh Gran Prix, Perfekt 3 Speed -age unknown, 1980s Bianchi Mixte on a trainer. Others are now gone.

Mentioned: 28 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1227 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 9 Times in 8 Posts
I have often used a small lock like skiers use to lock up their skis, but it is a combination lock, not keyed. But I only use it when I run into a restaurant where the bike is parked in front of a window. My goal is to stop the thief long enough for me to run outside if it looks like a problem is developing. I am not sure what a snowboard leash is (as cited above), but maybe it is the same thing - but I bought my locks before snowboards were invented.

I have never put my bike on a bike rack in the front of a bus, but I have heard of cases where a bus is stopped and someone walking past will grab a bike off the rack and ride off with it. If I did put my bike on a bus rack, I would use something like the skier lock to keep a wheel from turning.
Tourist in MSN is offline  
Old 10-21-13, 10:11 AM
  #8  
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 41,572

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 183 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6743 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 157 Times in 133 Posts
I made up a Long relatively thin cable, loops,+ lock from materials I found at the hardware store ,

[plastic coated cable.. aluminum bang them shut with a hammer, fittings]

with it when I camp at night , I can lock my bike to trees and picnic benches, so I can sleep.
fietsbob is offline  
Old 10-21-13, 02:16 PM
  #9  
cvskates 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: On my bike...
Posts: 408
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by djb View Post
I personally am not keen on having a key to lose, so prefer a simple coil lock that isnt too heavy, packs small yet can still get around a tree etc. Coil locks tend to have plastic on them so they won't scratch your frame. As you say, these are situations where we are really stopping opportunistic thefts.
+1 - this is what I use, it weighs a little less than a pound, and will stop all but a dedicated thief. I hang it off one of the buckles on my front panniers so it's easy to get at when ever I stop. I'm paranoid about bike theft, though, I lock up my bike when ever I step way, even if I can see it out the window.

I love the idea of a snow board or ski lock for how light and easy they are to use, but I think that someone could bust it with a really good pull.
cvskates is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
mastershake916
Classic & Vintage
4
09-20-12 10:59 AM
idie43
BMX
7
08-01-09 12:52 AM
shades9323
General Cycling Discussion
11
05-06-07 01:34 PM
Figaro
Road Cycling
50
11-24-05 08:32 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.