Small Light Bike Lock ???

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Small Light Bike Lock ???

Postby Witterings » 31 Jul 2019, 1:26pm

Has anybody got any recommendations for a small light bike lock / cafe lock.

This will only be for when the bikes within sight i.e. when you can see if from where you sit in the pub after a ride and more aimed at keeping honest people honest as opposed to stopping a career bike thief.

I was looking at these
https://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/ribble-cafe-lock-r-cl10/

and these
https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bike-l ... -bike-lock

But saw some reports suggesting literally a hard tug on the bike will pull them apart.

If anybody has any suggestions of something just slightly more substantial that doesn't take up a lot more space nor weigh much more I'd be interested in hearing what it is ... I did find a small Master Lock combination lock but you can't change the pin combination and I'm sure I'd forget a factory set one over time.

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Re: Small Light Bike Lock ???

Postby iandriver » 31 Jul 2019, 1:51pm

I use a thin cable, like in the first lock, then use my own small Yale padlock. I'm quite confident the padlock is a lot better than you'll find on most bike locks in that price range.
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Re: Small Light Bike Lock ???

Postby Mike Sales » 31 Jul 2019, 2:14pm

A well equipped yacht chandler or boatyard should be able to swage a loop at each end of a length of stainless steel rigging wire, from 4mm upwards. A small padlock will then give you a custom made bike lock.

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Re: Small Light Bike Lock ???

Postby foxyrider » 31 Jul 2019, 2:33pm

i have an Abus café lock, .5m long with setable 4 number combi.
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Re: Small Light Bike Lock ???

Postby andrew_s » 31 Jul 2019, 2:58pm

Mike Sales wrote:A well equipped yacht chandler or boatyard should be able to swage a loop at each end of a length of stainless steel rigging wire, from 4mm upwards. A small padlock will then give you a custom made bike lock.

Various bike lock companies also sell similar cables
e.g.
10 mm https://www.evanscycles.com/kryptonite- ... x-00104644
4 mm https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kryptonite-loo ... 000NOTQ5S/

The advantage of these over a DIY/yacht rigging version is that the cable is plastic coated to avoid paintwork damage.

I use one that's 5 or 6 mm, but self coiling (can't remember where I got it, about 15 years ago).
I use it with a long shackle padlock that I can use for both the cable end loops and the chainring & chain, for extra security if desired (at the expense of possible oily fingers).
It does for cafe/pub stops on a ride, but for town centre use, I normally take a proper D-lock.

Another possibility would be a frame (nurse's) lock https://www.decathlon.co.uk/defender-bi ... 92574.html

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Re: Small Light Bike Lock ???

Postby whoof » 31 Jul 2019, 4:52pm

I got a small one from Sports Direct for 99p.

This is the cheapest I can find at the moment £3.99 if you have a Mountain Warehouse near you.

https://www.mountainwarehouse.com/exten ... gJI2PD_BwE

Or if you don't mind EBay and it coming from Hong Kong then £2.43 including postage, the review says it's a metre long.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/BMX-Bike-Bicyc ... 3186142496

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Re: Small Light Bike Lock ???

Postby simonhill » 31 Jul 2019, 4:55pm

andrew_s wrote:
Mike Sales wrote:The advantage of these over a DIY/yacht rigging version is that the cable is plastic coated to avoid paintwork damage.

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When I had a yacht rigging cable made up, they put clear poly fuel pipe on the cable before making the eyelets.

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Re: Small Light Bike Lock ???

Postby simonhill » 31 Jul 2019, 5:02pm

The small lock I use is a cheapo 60 cm combination cable. Will fit in back pocket, but I put under saddle.

I bought for 70p in Japan in one of their ¥100 shops. Long enough to go through wheel and frame. Not changeable number, but I got a little plate with number. You could put number in your phone if you carry one.

Have a look in a pound shop

I use this little lock all the time in Asia when going in 7 11s etc.

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Re: Small Light Bike Lock ???

Postby mjr » 31 Jul 2019, 5:36pm

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Re: Small Light Bike Lock ???

Postby al_yrpal » 31 Jul 2019, 6:27pm

Recently fitted one of these to my Pedelec. Very pleased with it

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Axa-Basta-HORS ... 2767&psc=1

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Re: Small Light Bike Lock ???

Postby RobinS » 31 Jul 2019, 6:55pm

For our touring bikes, while on tour we use cables from http://www.tecni-cable.co.uk/Products/T ... able-Locks combined with a "Master" lightweight padlock. These allow you to choose the length and thickness of cable you want - we have short fat ones for the bikes, and long thin ones to secure panniers etc.

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Re: Small Light Bike Lock ???

Postby Witterings » 31 Jul 2019, 10:41pm

Sorry if I'm not responding ... had a nasty accident today for the 1st time ever ... the other guy that came off who's a Paramedic has just sent himself off to A&E as he's realised he can see his tendons in one of his wounds.

Please keep the recommendations coming and will look at in a day or so but didn't want people to think I'd posted and disappeared.

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Re: Small Light Bike Lock ???

Postby freiston » 1 Aug 2019, 2:58am

My "lightweight" lock is a Kryptonite Keeper 695 Fold - the Kryptonite website list it as weighing 1.12kg but my scales make it 876g (without the frame-mounting bracket) but I suspect that's heavier than you are looking for. If I wanted to go lighter, I would use a cable like those linked up-thread by andrew_s (I already have one) together with a padlock.
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Re: Small Light Bike Lock ???

Postby Sweep » 1 Aug 2019, 5:27pm

One of these?

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/500-bike-d- ... 42034.html

Cos it looks like a D lock rather than a cable.

Even if it is pretty low security.

Mine cost about £3.50 in a sale - end of line of a slightly earlier version (which looks the same) and is a shade lower security level.

But good enough for what I need in certain circumstances with certain bikes.

If after something bigger, something from the Onguard neon range, as here:

https://www.evanscycles.com/onguard-neo ... gKsifD_BwE

though I'd avoid some of the more adventurous colour schemes as they advertise the fact that a fair bit of it is plastic.

Still, if you can find in black, a good bluff in appropriate circumstances I think.
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Re: Small Light Bike Lock ???

Postby nick12 » 1 Aug 2019, 6:26pm

A padlock on disc breaks or through chainring if bike doesnt have discs.