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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  44

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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robdaykin (not verified) [368 posts] 2 years ago
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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...

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lisa76uk [52 posts] 2 years ago
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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...

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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Shamblesuk [152 posts] 2 years ago
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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.........

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lisa76uk [52 posts] 2 years ago
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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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notfastenough [3715 posts] 2 years ago
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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...

That looks like a great option.

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Shades [313 posts] 2 years ago
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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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Stumps [3414 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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dafyddp [402 posts] 2 years ago
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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

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philtregear [115 posts] 2 years ago
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brilliant idea. thank you. just bought one from ebay

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dottigirl [243 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Any more current recommendations please?

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ClubSmed [105 posts] 2 weeks ago
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I use this for quick stops:

https://www.evanscycles.com/abus-1200-combination-chain-lock-EV167195

It is permanently wrapped around the head tube (in-between the top tube and down tube) so it's never in the way and weighs little at 136g . I feel confident enough that it can't be easily cut with pocket sized cutters and as the code isn't changeable I feel that it may be a little harder to crack too.

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Simon E [2851 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Those wire ones look like they could be snipped with a pair of pliers or the cable easily wrenched from the casing. Visually not much of a deterrent either.

I have 2 thicker coiled cable 4-digit combination locks very similar to this Abus one for £13 on ebay. They feel solid, clicks are precise and the numbers are clear and easy to see, which is handy when you leave the pub a little later than planned  3