Best cable & chain locks according to redditors

We found 63 Reddit comments discussing the best cable & chain locks. We ranked the 22 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Cable & Chain Locks:

u/milphey · 45 pointsr/relationships
u/studdenfadden · 16 pointsr/pcgaming

Those slow down opportunity thieves, some one like a roommate could cut through one in a few minutes with an exacto knife. I drilled 2 halfinch holes in tge bottom of the case and put a large masterlock cable lock through them.

u/codewired · 8 pointsr/buildapc

Chassis lock: This lock replaces the thumb screws making it harder for someone to open the side panel. It comes 1 per pack, so buy 4 if you can.

Padlock + [Security Cable]( + Drill: This depends on the case. I have the r4 and was able to drill a hole in the back. I tied my PC to my bed frame. Here's what mine look like on a R4

Lastly a Kensington lock for the monitor.

u/Raptor01 · 4 pointsr/NewRiders

If I can see the bike and I'm not worried about someone walking by to steal the helmet, I'll leave it on the bike. If I'm by myself and I'll have space to put the helmet on an empty chair or on a bigger table, I'll bring it inside. Otherwise I'll lock it up.

I used a gun lock like this for a while:

Then I upgraded to this which has the advantage of being able to lock up my jacket as well:

I highly recommend the Python lock. It's not super high security, but it packs up really small and it's super easy to use.

u/drtonmeister · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Remember that fridges all have hardware attachment points for door handles and hinges, and that those screw points can be used. The non side-by-side fridges have provision for reversing the hinges, so there are very sturdy hinge mounting points that are just sitting there unused on the handle edge.

It won't keep out a determined burglar, but some d-ring-hangers as for artwork can often have additional holes drilled that will line up with fridge handle screws -- and can be mounted while leaving the fridge door handles in place. That gives a spot to look a cable or small chain and travel-lock.

The most elegant solution I've seen was at a house where the parent removed and stored the grill from the bottom front of the single-door fridge, and then made a wooden spacer in order to make the bolt for a patio door aux lock line up with the vestigial 3/8 hinge-pin-hole on the bottom edge of the door. The screws to mount the wood block were all in a spot that would be behind the grill when it is replaced (and you can see what's behind the flange, so you know it is safe to drill!), and the lock mounts easily to the wood.

EDIT: A similar thing can be done with mending plates that have a plunger lock pop-riveted to them –– mount the mending plates to the unused hinge-bracket holes at the top and bottom of the fridge, lining up the plunger to fit the hinge-pin hole at the top of the freezer door and bottom of the fridge door. Will require drilling the mending plate with holes that match hole positions on the fridge and lock.

If the existing handles are loop handles and it is a side-by-side, there are adjustable cable locks. If they aren't loop handles, it may be that replacement loop handles area available for a sister-model of the fridge and will bolt into the same holes.

If the vestigial center hinge-bracket holes have a hole that is visible through the slot between the fridge and freezer doors, you can use that hole for a matching-thread-size eye-bolt long enough to put half the eye exposed in front of the door - then a padlock through the eye will stop both fridge and freezer from opening, and the portion of the eye trapped between the two doors will stop the eye from being turned to remove it unless both doors are open.

u/reggae_muffin · 3 pointsr/liveaboard

I think the main deterrent is always making breaking into your boat more trouble than it'll be worth. Make sure everything is stowed away when you're not on board, don't leave things laying around in plain sight for anyone to eye up. If you store anything easy to sell (like propane tanks or diesel jerry cans) then do your best to either lock them away, or to thoroughly tie them up. Get various lengths of looped steel cable and some heavy duty locks to secure anything else you might keep on deck (like kayaks or surf boards). Do the same with your dinghy outboard, and even your dinghy when you're on shore. Make sure you hoist and visibly lock your dinghy every night.

Fitting security screens on your hatches and companionway makes a big difference too, since it's pretty easy to pop a hatch with a crow bar. When you're away, pull your covers/curtains so no one can peek in and have a look at what might be worth stealing.

You can get some wireless motion sensors and set them up at various places around the boat. They'll flood the area with light and sound alarms so that's also a pretty effective method of startling someone off. There are also personal alarms which you can activate yourself if you're on board while someone tries to break in. A good ol' air horn will also do the trick. I've got a couple friends who have a Christmas ornament made of maybe 10 jingle bells tied to the back of their companion-way latch so that if anyone fiddles with it, you can hear.

u/graycatgrayhat · 3 pointsr/ebikes

1-3. [Schlage 999478 High Security Chain with Cinch Ring] ( and Abus Granit X-Plus 54 Mini

4.(8-10 Hours at work) Same as 1-3 plus Pro Bike Cover for weather and to keep eyes off it.

u/seewhychris · 3 pointsr/streetwear

here. They're used for keys but obviously you dont need to use them for that haha, planning on getting a few as well.

u/phineas1134 · 3 pointsr/boating

Yes, that's all it takes. I'm surprised at how many people do not bother with this. Also if you want something that rattles a little less, you can go with a coated steel cable

u/AwesoMeme · 3 pointsr/motorcycles

Something I've never tried but have heard often is to bring a bike lock or cable lock and string it through your helmet and through your jacket arms. Then just secure it to the handle bars.

Better than nothing.

u/lescannon · 3 pointsr/bikecommuting

At 3 miles, you could walk that in 45 minutes, so 15-30 minutes to ride each way depending on the hill. Good that you are planning it now, instead of waiting till later. I think the first thing you need is a feasible route. Perhaps you already do, but it is more pleasant to ride without a car behind one. So perhaps you can ride much of it on roads that are less busy and likely have a lower speed limit. Google Maps has a bicycle option so you could see what that suggests. When you get your bike (or if you can borrow one), ride the route early on a weekend morning. Check that there is someplace to lock the bike at/near the school, because you need to securely lock it. The lock deters a thief by making it more difficult, not impossible to take. The more expensive the bike looks, the more formidable the lock should look. If the front wheel has a quick-release skewer, you should secure it so something like or this

I strongly recommend a helmet. They all meet the same standards, so I buy less expensive.

There are lights that help make you visible and those that help you see the road as examples, but not recommendations.

You've thought about rain for your backpack, but you may want to consider for you too, because being soaking wet at school is no fun, rain jacket, rain pants and fenders. I have a pair of these which might be a good choice if you can carry other shoes to wear in school. Even without rain, it will seem colder when you are going downhill in the morning, so I use running gloves (full finger) some winter mornings. You can bundle up toasty warm for the mornings because you don't have to pedal that much, and then carry some of your clothes instead of wearing when you ride home, so I recommend a rack and a couple of bungee cords to help with that.

Since it is a walk-able distance, you should probably leave the water bottle, multi-tool, patch kit and pump at home on school days just to keep it simple and keep from losing those things. It probably makes sense to keep it minimal and cheap while starting out like this. If you get a floor pump with a gauge, you can use it to check the pressure once or twice a week and then learn how to feel the tires to see if they are firm enough. I've not found a mini-pump with a gauge that is universally regarded as reliable, so the pump I take with me has no gauge.

For your commute to school you shouldn't need to fuss with padded biking shorts or spandex shirts or even fingerless gloves. I rode quite a bit when I was your age without any of those. If you are looking at longer rides, then you might want to try some of those (no underwear under the biking shorts) to reduce chafing against the seat and wind resistance from floppy clothing.

u/Buckwheat469 · 3 pointsr/Hunting

If you don't have them yet, invest in some Python locks. I had one camera stolen when I didn't have them, but afterward I feel comfortable leaving my cameras on a popular trail and allowing people to walk by. They often wave and I've had one guy mention that the camera setup was probably the best he'd seen yet. I don't think he knew that I had a total of 4 and my dad had 6 others on our spots.

u/ohhhaley · 2 pointsr/solotravel


-sleep mask

-ear plugs

-travel power strip:

-tsa luggage locks

-retractable cable lock (for hostel locker and securing your bag on train racks, etc)
-microfiber towel

-cheap flip flops for hostel showers

-sleeping bag liner

-hanging toiletry bag (hard to find counter real estate)

-travel utensil (handy for picnics, i know it’ll be december so maybe indoor picnics..)

-collapsible water bottle

-student id if you have one (museum discounts, etc.)

-keychain flashlight (so you don’t wake up your roomies)

-ziplock bags

-upload important docs to google drive.. passport, reservations, tickets, front and back of credit cards

-travel insurance? world nomads is great

-downy wrinkle spray is king

-hand sanitizer



-i constantly forget regular headphones for flights cause i use my bluetooth ones normally

-definitely compression packing cubes

-a credit card with no travel fees :)

u/Friggin_Bobandy · 2 pointsr/Thailand

Itll be alot tougher to find a bicycle than a moped.

Have you left your home country yet? If you haven't I would suggest you just buy a cheap bike lock/wire thing and take that with you. Sometimes when you rent a bike they will provide a chain/lock for you to lock it if you leave it for an extended period of time, but other times you get nothing. I took my little bike lock thing around SEA and it came in handy afew different times.

As an example - something like this:

u/kariudo · 2 pointsr/22lr

Use a cable lock:

You can run it through the action or wrap it around the took and through the lever to prevent the lever from even being operated so a round can't be chambered.

u/quatrevingtdixhuit · 2 pointsr/Dallas

That sucks man. This is why I keep mine chained up under my carport with this set up:

Oxford OF38 Boss Disc Lock with Double Locking System

Schlage 12mm Noose Security Chain (No Lock)

I know that it's worked at least once, there's a little cut mark where I assume some asshole broke his harbor freight bolt cutters.

u/_xDEADBEEF · 2 pointsr/bristol

>they use bolt-cutters that will make easy work of small locks

From my experience, they cut chains, not locks. They made easy work of this on one of my bikes.


I now use this

u/vapeducator · 2 pointsr/scooters

I have some of these thick steel cable locks. You can hook them together as long as you wish, but 2 will usually work fine for a scooter. Maybe there's something similar in the BENELUX area.

I have purchased motorcycle alarms with 2-way remote like this one. The alarm notifies you on the pager with the sensor that was triggered.

I've also purchased GPS trackers like this one. It uses a GSM sim card to notify you by text message if the tracker has left an area that you define. It can also text you if it travels faster than a defined speed. It doesn't only rely on GPS for tracking. It also uses GSM/GRPS to triangulate a position and give you an actual street address. You can call or text the device to engage constant tracking with updates every few seconds or minutes.

One of my scooters has a remote start with engine kill.

There are also alarms like this one that have a proximity sensor that triggers an audible warning if anyone approaches the scooter, besides sending notification to the remote control pager. I haven't purchased this one.

u/pointlessdude · 2 pointsr/biggreenegg will give you something to think about, 2 guys just grabbed it right off his porch. a Camera will just give you a good shot of people you wont recognize. least try slow them down with a Cable lock:

u/coastAL_- · 2 pointsr/boston
u/SamEEE · 2 pointsr/guns

Steel braided security cable with loops at both ends crimped. Run through trigger guard and through an eye bolt attacked to a wall stud.

Should cost about 30 dollars all up.

Seems I was about on the money.

u/mtackett90 · 2 pointsr/CarAV
u/GlockInKnapsack01 · 2 pointsr/CSUS

You can use a regular student permit ($178?) for both your motorcycle and car. UTAPS sells a "permit holder" (a plastic thing) for about $10. When I ride my motorbike, I lock the permit holder to my bike. I used to use an over-sized pad lock, but last semester I saw people using cable locks which is a MUCH better solution (link below). When I drive my car, I put the permit holder in the lower right corner of my windshield.

If all you have is a motorcycle permit, you will need to pay for the daily parking permit.

u/kake14 · 2 pointsr/motorcycles

buy this

Put through jacket sleeve, helmet, handlebars, and lock it.

I don't know, just a thought. Defeats the stealing shit but not the destroying shit part.

u/PeaceBeWithYou- · 2 pointsr/Dualsport

Not OP, but a fellow XR owner. My solution was to hide away a kill switch. This combined with a cable and lock, and have never had a problem in the City. You can probably go without lock and chain in a small town, but I don't want someone picking up my bike and tossing it in their truck. Better safe than sorry

u/slick62 · 2 pointsr/motorcycles

I use one of these cable locks. It's small enough to fit in my tankbag and on the rare occasion I'm not confident in just leaving stuff laying, will run it through a jacket sleeve, helmet D-ring, and solid part of the bike. The one I have is several years old so it wasn't available in disco colors.

You could also get an inexpensive bike cable lock that's a bit more substantial but not as easy to carry.

Yes, if someone wants your gear they can cut the cable if they brought such tools along for the task. But the only thing I've ever had taken from my bike was a Winston Rodeo Award denim jacket on loan from my brother that I left in a saddlebag that someone took back in 74 while parked in my apartment in Dallas.

u/JJ-Rousseau · 1 pointr/france

Non j'avais (Meilleur vente amazon ...)

On me l'avait recommandé, maintenant je prendrai un U.

u/lqdcat · 1 pointr/FZ09

I use one of these through the face shield hole and rear peg. Just keep an eye on the weather

Master Lock Cable Lock, Set Your Own Combination Retractable Bike Lock, 2 ft. Long, Assorted Colors, 4603D

u/jidery · 1 pointr/motorcycles

Most cases with a lock have minimal protection anyway. I use a thick cable and thread it through my jacket and pants and through my tail bag and lock with a master lock for protection at my school. Would take a lot of effort to steal any gear from me.

u/awesome_shtein · 1 pointr/Firearms

One option: get this and this. Loop the cable around something solid (bed frame) and stick the case inside a bag that you lean against the anchor (bed frame). No one will see the cable or the box unless they move your bag aground. Won't stop a determined thief but they'll have to make a lot of noise and effort. Opening the box is fast if you know the code.

u/Zagmut · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

Naw, that’s a noose chain. It allows for a wider variety of locking situations.

u/real_eparker · 1 pointr/CAguns

Hello fellow Santa Clara County resident! Lucky you for purchasing your weapon after the AR-15 registration cutoff date. Like a chump I wanted a shiny new toy for christmas and ended up waiting at Bay Area Gun Vault for almost 5 hours; made the DMV look easy.

Onto your question; most guns these days come with crappy cable locks that meet the minimum definition of a gun locking device. I'd ask when you go in to purchase if the gun will come with one. If it doesn't, you can always get something like this on Amazon while you wait out the 10-day period.

Anyways, enjoy yourself, good luck on the purchase. Also, unsolicited advice; have you considered a bolt action?!

u/Vercify · 1 pointr/motorcycles

I spent $6 on a cable lock or gun lock. I rest the chin of the helmet on my passenger peg and loop the lock through the cracked visor and around the passenger rearset (anything metal will work).

This isn't foolproof, but its much better than simply attaching your helmet to the bike via the strap. I'm sure a decent pair of bolt cutters could snip right through this cable, but it gives some peace of mind when I am only going somewhere for a short period of time. If I am away from the bike for more than a couple hours I usually just bring my helmet with me.

u/802bikeguy_com · 1 pointr/bicycling

Don't forget a 4' accessory cable if your front wheel is quick release. My lock strategy:

u/sa513 · 1 pointr/CCW

Here's one of the more secure lock boxes:

Anchor it with something like this:

u/kickstand · 1 pointr/Kayaking

I have one of these. I wrap it around the kayak and around the factory rack. I guess somebody could slip the kayak out lengthwise, but it would be awkward and time-consuming.

u/Flowers_for_Taco · 1 pointr/JeepGladiator

For my truck (not a gladiator... yet) I invested in some relatively heavy duty cargo boxes and cable locks. Here is one example on amazon of the boxes (they were relatively cheap, solid, and waterproof). Here is an example of the cable locks. Obviously this isn't gladiator-specific, but it's been a great solution for us. It's not as secure as say locking your truck (or locking a hard tonneau cover), but it would take some effort and tools to get in. It's also a bit more effort compared to just throwing stuff in a capper or the back of an SUV, but not that bad, especially if it's only for trips etc. Not sure if this would be an option for you or not, but we've been happy with the setup. We load a ton of suitcases, travel gear, etc, into the boxes and then stack them up in the bed and it's worked for us.

u/ed474 · 1 pointr/MTB

I have one like this that I keep in my pack:
It's not much, but it prevents the quick "grab and run" kind of deal. It's more likely someone will see that and move on to the next bike.

u/dd543212345 · 1 pointr/Ruckus

First and foremost no chain is cut proof nor is any lock un-pickable. With that being said what you're really shooting for is simply deterrence. Consider where you'll be parking it a majority of the time, and any place you consider to travel to. Ideally, at any location you'd have a secure anchor point. Any such place that'll allow you to loop a chain around or through will work.

When I have it parked outside during the day I use this particular chain to secure it around a fire escape. I use the smaller version to travel with if I know I have a small enough anchor point at my destination. As others have said I'll occasionally simply wrap it through my rear tire in a pinch but it's really a horrible idea. Two people can easily throw it right in the back of a truck if you've "locked" it up this way.

I like those "cinch" type chains as you get a lot more usable length out of them. I've drilled a ~2.xx" hole in my rear plastic and installed a grommet to pass the chain through, locking my frame. (See SpoonKiller's post here to see it in detail.)

As far as locks go there's a million options to choose from. I'm not really that well versed on them so I don't think I'm the best resource. I'd simply look for a lock with a shielded and hardened shackle and some common security features implemented in the core. Here's a great article on the subject. Take a look at #4 on page 4 where it discusses different pins and their effects on pick attempts if you want greater detail.

I've heard multiple people speak to the effectiveness of the stock steering column lock so I always lock that as well. I also used a cover when I had it parked outside which is another low-cost/effective deterrent.

u/cmeilleur1337 · 1 pointr/Sudbury

Happened to me in Capreol last year. My Wifes Kayak. We had photos of it and plastered it all over facebook and i believe i posted it here as well. We ended up getting it back because we tracked it down ourselves and turned the heat up. Local law enforcement was a joke when it came to it. It was taken by some rather unsavoury people that have their hands in MANY dealings, which we reported to LEO's and they seemed to not give a shit. When we got it back, it was found in the bushed no more then 200m from their back yard....

As for ways to lock it up a simple cable lock should do. It can be put through the drain hole. Not fool proof, but still an inconvenience to anyone trying to steal it.

u/twnth · 1 pointr/motorcycles

If you're worried about theft, I suggest the bungee to the back seat, plus a cable gun lock (padlock with a long flexible loop).
Any sporting goods/firearm shop should have, here's an amazon one:

u/Madmusk · 1 pointr/motorcycles

I'm considering this lock for the same purpose.

u/RiskayBusiness · 1 pointr/battlewagon

Pretty simple really! I went the affordable route after getting tired of seeing $80 shovel mounts on Amazon. I spent around $20 bucks in total for the mount. Here's another photo with a different angle.

I just went down to my local Home Depot and bought some conduit hangers. 2" hangers for my Thule MOAB IIRC. I sprayed them black to blend in a bit better since they come in silver.

Then I attached these rubber tool clamps to the conduit hangers using 1" #10 screws and washers.

So I wouldn't mess up the basket, I used some leftover rubber hose from my AOS install to act as a padding between the conduit hangers and basket.

I opted for a small cable lock to keep it from being stolen/tampered with.

I went with the Bully Tools 92510 12-Gauge Round Point Shovel Fiberglass D-Grip Handle because of it's sturdy construction. This thing is crazy strong.

u/onlineguy1234 · 1 pointr/NintendoSwitch wrap it around, pull it snug, bam, switch is locked to the dock.

u/lilpanda102 · 1 pointr/solotravel

I usually put it by my feet because I'm paranoid and afraid someone might take it, especially when traveling. I also prefer to do this so I won't forget about it.

For larger bags, I've also purchased cable locks on Amazon that will allow me to attach my bag to the railing. Note that it's not really super sturdy, it's really more of a deterrent.

This is what I got -

u/TrumpWinsTrumpwins · 0 pointsr/personalfinance

This is silly. Many locks are very hard to defeat. Unless you carry a grinder around and are willing to make a ton of noise in public. Try cutting these with bolt cutters... or you could try and pick the lock... if you are one of the half dozen people in the world who might be able to pull that off. Use those and the criminals will just move on to the next bike.

u/sidusnare · -7 pointsr/gatech

Some are as easy to pick you can do it with a pen cap. A wire rope with a circular shrouded padlock is the hardest to steal, the wire is a pain to get through with a bolt cutter and the padlock is resistant to shimming