One of the hacks I am most proud of, and that I use every day when I commute, is utilizing a promotional bank carabiner to secure my bike chain around my waist. I covered this in a previous post entitled I'm too Sexy for My Bike Chain - get your Right Said Fred on if you want a backtrack for this post.
Here are the photos from that post - from afar . . .
There is one minor problem with this hack that never really bothered me until I started pay $60 for t-shirts. In the pictures above you will notice that the chain came with a sleeve, however there are exposed links around the lock area. As I ride, the links rub together and pinch my shirt.
This causes wear and tear and eventually holes start to appear in the shirt. If I am wearing a cheap t-shirt it's no big deal, however when I am wearing merino wool t-shirts that run around $60 each it is a big deal.
I started to think about how I could combat this problem and my initial hack was to take an old towel, cut it down to size, and place it between the lock/chain and my shirt.
While this did work, trying to secure the chain and hold the towel at the same time was not the easiest thing to do. I knew a sleeve would make it easy, but the problem was the lock is pretty big. It then hit me while clearning out a closet - a pant leg would be perfect.
I took an old pair of jeans, hacked the leg down to size and slipped it over the chain. Now the pant leg stays on my chain all the time and I just have to secure it and then slide the pant leg over the lock. Voilà! No more holes in my merino wool shirts.
For those that might be curious, I always do ride with either a jacket or a button up shirt that covers the lock so it actually is not visible.
Do have have any lock hacks? Feel free to let us know.