OK, Ok, a slight exaggeration, my bike is only a B Twin, but just off for a ride and may stop at a Cafe or whatever.I have a D lock and cable from Decathlon and crikey its heavy. And the kicker is any scrote with a cordless angle grinder will have me bike in 5 secs.
Is there a light weight secure lock?
the hiplok and litelok ranges always come highly recommended but really if someone has a battery powered grinder and wants your bike, they'll have it.
A cafe lock is fine if it is outside somewhere that you can see and would stop a quick bike grab. There's variations of the below that will easily fit in a jersey pocket.
Decathlon have loads of cafe locks which are ok to stop a casual walkoff but no use against cutters, obviously
I have one of these: https://www.bikeinn.com/bike/abus-6055-60-bordo-lite/136881067/p?utm_source=google_products&utm_medium=merchant&id_producte=7200528&country=uk&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5N-K0MS54wIVF-DtCh3UEw1CEAQYAyABEgLbAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
It's both light and compact.
Hope you are well Al - it is a long time since we met up in the Lake District!
My girlfriend bought something similar to your lock. I think the one she bought had a gold insurance rating if I remember rightly. If they are genuinely as good as a d lock, it was very appealing as it was a lot neater on the bike - fitted into a little corner of the frame, so very convenient.
Hi Chris. Yes it's been a while, I trust you are keeping well. Don't climb much these days, I seem to have lost my mojo which wasn't helped by breaking my ankle in Kalymnos last Easter. This resulted in 2 operations and a metal plate so I was out of action for almost 12 months. I've got a new passion for mountain biking at the moment, can't get enough of it.
Thanks for the replies. I was hoping for something maybe of Spidey Web or Graphene, TBH if its just to slow people down I have some cheapo ones knocking about the house that will do the job.
Thanks for the suggestions though.
if there's more than one bike I sometimes padlock pedals together which is not obvious to would be opportunists and a bit more awkward to grind off. if there is 2 or more of us obviously keep a guard while someone buys the cake!
Don't forget that if you switch from a D-lock you're just going to have to by a separate cosh. If you want to go ultralight, just leave it in the easiest gear and piss yourself when they just topple sideways as they try to put power down to pedal away.
I am quite new to cycling and currently am building up to the next gear up from easiest
I'd be interested in this, but the picture doesn't show what it consists of. I thought at first I was looking at an allen key cluster. Does it have a cable?
I was confused too - found a pic online - it seems to unfold into a hexagon and so presumably fits around wheel, frame and anchor.
Yes - it's a fold-out set of steel bars. My F-I-L had the bigger version for his bike, which comes with a neat holster that fits on a set of bottle cage bolts.
I carry a small steel cable and a padlock - basically yesbutetc's version without the plastic housing.
It all rather depends whether you want to deter a committed bike thief or an opportunist passer-by. I just use one of those reinforced HipLock zip ties as a cafe lock to deter the latter. If there are two of us, then we face the bikes in opposite directions and zip tie the pedals together (as above). If you're on your own, try to tie it to something solid so that someone can't just tuck it under their arm and walk off. Pedals are good as they have so much movement it's hard to twist a lock to break it against the thing it's fixed to.
The other thing you can do is undo the front QR so that the whole thing turns into a spectacle if anyone fancies their chances (this is particularly effective on one of my bikes that doesn't have retaining tangs on the front fork) - just remember to do it up again.
How about a Kryptonite Kryptoflex Cable (2.2 mtrs) and a decent small padlock?
should be suitable for cafe stops