Hello! This is the first time I've made a plea for the road.cc forum's collective wisdom, so I'm sorry if I've done someone silly - but I have a bike problem I'd like advice on ASAP. Namely, what sort of lock to use for short stops on longer rides in which you don't want to drag along a 10 tonne Lock of Doom (and a pannier in which to hold it)?
I do a fair amount of riding on my own, and on the longer rides it's nice to have the assurance of being able to disappear inside a shop for a minute to top up on supplies without leaving the bike naked and vulnerable in the street. I'll own a relatively expensive race bike within the next few weeks, and I'm struggling with the paradox of either; not taking a lock and being limited in how far I can cycle by my inability to stock up of supplies; OR by taking my ultra chunky lock and having the entire point of my racy speed machine cruely nullified. My current solution is to get some sort of lighter, flimsier lock to stick in a jersey pocket (I have a pretty large 'ballast pocket' in which to stick it) and hope it offers enough protection to deter people for the minute or so I may be away.
I'd like to hear how other people manage refuelling stops outside of sportiness or having watchful riding partners, and if there are any lighter, portable locks to recommend that aren't completely awful.