Cafe Lock recommendations ?

Discussion in 'Components, Accessories and Clothing' started by kingrollo, 25 Jun 2018.

  1. kingrollo

    kingrollo Über Member

    Seems jinxed with these tried a couple they always end breaking after a few uses - any recommendations - must be small and light.....
     
  2. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    There's a Giant one that works ok. https://www.giant-bicycles.com/gb/giant-surelock-air-loop. It's very small but obviously not to be relied on out of sight

    I had an Abus one that decided to make up its own code while in my bag so I'd avoid those! It went back for a refund unused
     
  3. OP
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    kingrollo

    kingrollo Über Member

    Thats the one that broke after a couple of outings !
     
  4. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    I wouldn’t recommend ever using a cafe lock. Never put your bike in a place you think that one will protect it. You will think it is safe when it is not, and it will be nicked.
     
  5. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Which one? The Giant?

    Cafe locks are fine to lock your bike to other bikes but I wouldn't use to lock to anything else or itself obviously. That's assuming eyes are on the bikes and it's not a high risk area. I've not used ones for ages as I pretty much always carry a D lock
     
  6. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

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    I've got a Masterlock one. It's marginally better than nothing and it doesn't weigh much.
    Masterlock.jpg
     
  7. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

  8. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

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  9. DaveReading

    DaveReading Veteran

    Doesn't a "cafe lock" imply that you will have eyes on your bike, the object being to slow down an opportunist thief while you make your presence felt ?

    Why is locking your bike to another one more secure than locking it to something immovable ?
     
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  10. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    No. And all it really does is give you a false sense of security.

    If you are in a place where someone might grab your bike and run off. Keep it to hand. Don’t put it out of reach with a single and easily compromisable lock that does not secure all parts of your bike. You will be let down.

    Two strong/dlocks or no locks at all and don’t leave it unattended.
     
  11. DaveReading

    DaveReading Veteran

    Fair enough. I'd have said it gives you a genuine sense of limited security.
     
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  12. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    I always lock my bike nose to tail with another bike with one or preferably more small locks in awkward to snip places (and often the Abus granit). I feel I t would be much more difficult to subtly untangle the bikes than snip a cafe lock away from a stand and just ride away. I can't remember the last time I used a cafe lock though as I always have a d lock, I don't much care about the weight. 2 d locks is unnecessary outside a cafe, 1 is ample
     
  13. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Ah, a follower of the false dichotomy school of security.
     
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  14. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    This is the one I use. It's small enough to always carry

    I doubt it's very secure but then it's not meant to be, it's meant to fulfil the terms of my bike insurance.
     
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  15. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    That's the one I linked and the one that broke for the OP in 2 days
     
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