'cafe' bike lock

by lisa76uk   February 11, 2014  

I've searched the forum and online and got a good idea of some lightweight 'deterrent' locks for use while out on rides if I need to run into a shop/toilet. My Hiplok is great for commuting but will be holding me back on Strava Liar

I've narrowed it down to two that look ok as a 'deterrent'. Has anyone here used either of them?

Knog Milkman... http://tinyurl.com/nafxtgf

Kryptonite KryptoFlex R4... http://tinyurl.com/qzyg4gr

Thanks in advance!

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I use a laptop cable lock with a motion sensor. Doesn't look much, but the blinking red light and loud klaxon when interfered with have the desired effect. Also fits in a jersey pocket.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Targus-Defcon-Security-cable-black/dp/B00009346H...

posted by robdaykin [152 posts]
12th February 2014 - 8:29

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robdaykin wrote:
I use a laptop cable lock with a motion sensor. Doesn't look much, but the blinking red light and loud klaxon when interfered with have the desired effect. Also fits in a jersey pocket.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Targus-Defcon-Security-cable-black/dp/B00009346H/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1392189922&sr=1-2&keywords=targus+lock

Ah, that's something I hadn't considered and the cable length and diameter (for what it's worth) look the same as the others too. Thanks for that!

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posted by lisa76uk [19 posts]
12th February 2014 - 9:17

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My local 99p (you know, the chain of them) shop sells one that is a pretty good deterent and it costs........

They also sell a perfectly functional mudguard set for........wait for it.........

posted by Shamblesuk [44 posts]
12th February 2014 - 9:57

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Shamblesuk wrote:
My local 99p (you know, the chain of them) shop sells one that is a pretty good deterent and it costs........

They also sell a perfectly functional mudguard set for........wait for it.........

thanks! I'll have a look in there

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posted by lisa76uk [19 posts]
12th February 2014 - 10:43

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robdaykin wrote:
I use a laptop cable lock with a motion sensor. Doesn't look much, but the blinking red light and loud klaxon when interfered with have the desired effect. Also fits in a jersey pocket.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Targus-Defcon-Security-cable-black/dp/B00009346H/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1392189922&sr=1-2&keywords=targus+lock

That looks like a great option.

Dodging the saccadic masking

posted by notfastenough [2607 posts]
12th February 2014 - 11:33

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I use a Kryptonite but the Targus option is good idea.

Had a conundrum last year whilst road riding in France. Was going to be out all day and stopping for lunch/sightseeing in a town with a concern that the bike would be out of sight. After some thought (cables, chains, hip lock etc) I managed to work out how to carry an Abus Mini-U Lock I use for commuting. The barrel went in the seat pack (large Specialized one) and the U fitted quite snugly between the seat pack and the saddle (held in place by the straps). OK, it was extra weight but rather that than having the bike nicked.

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posted by Shades [118 posts]
13th February 2014 - 10:27

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robdaykin, i liked the look of that laptop lock so much i've gone and bought one. The noise it makes is what made my mind up. Cheers bud.

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. Gaius Julius Caesar.

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posted by stumps [2427 posts]
13th February 2014 - 11:42

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I've got a 99p lock from Planet X. That's about '3% of the winter bike's value, so definitely not recommended for more than a quick cafe stop (in very low-crime areas). They do quite a few options for that price, although you need to spend £20 to get free delivery so not really worth buying by itself
http://www.planetx.co.uk/c/q/accessories/bike-accessories/bike-locks

posted by dafyddp [85 posts]
13th February 2014 - 14:02

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brilliant idea. thank you. just bought one from ebay

posted by philtregear [71 posts]
16th February 2014 - 20:20

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