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Cables for locking your gear

I came across these very reasonably priced locking cable options on a site for my old bike. I didn't think I needed such a thing until I took the wife to Amish country last week and I didn't have enough room in the side cases for 2 helmets and 2 jackets (let alone her purse and any of the unneeded purchases she made). We got a kindly shop keeper to hold onto our gear, but these would have been nice to have. I ordered 2 short and 2 long for just such an occasion in the future, less that $20 for the 4 including shipping.

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Re: Cables for locking your gear

Wish I had known..... but I made my own...just go to Home Depot and look for their plastic/vinyl coated cable (many different diameters)...get some shrink tubing and ferules to match the cable.

Cut to desired length ( I cut mine at 48 inches) strip back the coating, slide on the shrink tubing and slide on ferule, make a small loop and slide the cable into second ferule hole and crimp. Then slide the heat shrink up to cover any exposed cable exiting the ferule and use heat to shrink it.

Presto...done, and it only cost you about $3.00. It keeps honest people honest but a good set of cable cutters can cut through it, like bolt cutters can cut through a lock and chain.

I typically slide the cable through both arms of my jacket and then through my Schuberth C3, loop it through the bike somewhere (I have a BMR shelf that works great) and then lock the ends together.

I did this after coming out of REI and finding my jacket GONE. Broad daylight, right in front of the store...in an very nice area. Thieves are everywhere.

Since then I've come out and found my jacket and helmet on the side of my bike...I leave it on the BMR shelf and thus I've thwarted yet another attempt. Both times there were other bikes parked around me...maybe the thieves are fellow riders and they are just after me.

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Re: Cables for locking your gear

I wasn't able to open your link so I may be repeating what you posted but one option is to get a retractable snowboard lock. You can set your own combination, the cable retracts when not in use and the whole thing will fit in the palm of your hand. Most sell for around $10.
I run the cable through a sleeve of the jacket and the D-ring of the helmet and the passenger grab handle.

http://www.amazon.com/Master-Lock-46...=pd_sim_auto_1
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I wasn't able to open your link so I may be repeating what you posted but one option is to get a retractable snowboard lock. You can set your own combination, the cable retracts when not in use and the whole thing will fit in the palm of your hand. Most sell for around $10.
I run the cable through a sleeve of the jacket and the D-ring of the helmet and the passenger grab handle.

http://www.amazon.com/Master-Lock-46...=pd_sim_auto_1
That's exactly what I've been using for years (well, not EXACTLY -- mine's green ). Works great to securing a jacket and helmet if you don't have any onboard room for them. It's a little bulky, but not too bad. I keep it in the glove box. Also works well to secure the tank bag to the bike, if you need to.

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