- What thin cable lock for nipping into cafe's etc?
This is the new version of what I have: http://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/lifeventure-cable-lock-b6110122?id_colour=180Posted 4 years agowoody74Subscriber
I have one of the Oxford hoop locks as well, free with maybe MBUK a few years back. It is really small and light so perfect for that quick nip inside. It would stop anyone just walking off with your bike, but like all of these if anyone knew what they were doing they would cut the lock in seconds. Fine for nipping into a cafe/newsagent but I wouldn’t lock my bike up with it for say a pint or a trip to the barbers. Its a good emergency lock, better than nothing!!Posted 4 years agoTiRedMember
Kryptonite 712 Keeper cable lock is what you want. I’ve had one of those retractable Abus cables and the locking mechanism and retractor broke. I’ve also snapped a 712 with my hands when a hinge jammed, but I still think it is a reasonable solution for a “snatch and ride” theft. I used it to lock four bikes together on Brighton Beach for our Fish and Chips while we sat next to them. That is the level of security it’s good for.
The other Kryptonite listed above with two cables is far too bulky for the OP. I keep one in the boot for locking bikes inside the car to a luggage loop and on the roof rack. It is a good deterent, but you would not want to carry it on a road bike.Posted 4 years agosomafunkSubscriber
Lock it up wi a cheap cable lock through the frame n’ wheels and if you have to leave it for longer then either shift into both big rings and knock the shifting back down whilst stationary or remove the wheel skewers and loosen the stem bolts as well.
They may be able to cut your cable lock but they’ll not be able to ride away and the noise will alert you.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Just don’t trust a cable lock… The best of them are rubbish, the worst can be cut with kitchen scissors. So as long as you remember that it’s just stopping opportunistic people walking off with it, it won’t stop anyone who left the house planning to steal a bike, it’s fine.Posted 4 years agobeefheartMember
I reckon I could rip through one of the thin thin ones with my bare hands, which is why I wouldn’t use less than the kryptonite cable lock I suggested above.Posted 4 years ago
To protect something worth a couple of grand etc, I don’t mind carrying a bit of extra weight in a back pack, or spending £20 on a lock.
If I can help it I won’t leave my bike locked up at all, simples.
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