Introduction: A Stronger Mini-u Bike Holder

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Here is my first instructables.

I recently purchased a mini-u bike lock, very handy, compact, but supplied with a poor holder.
I decided to replace this bike holder. Here is the result.

Step 1: The Original One

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The original u-bike holder does not fit into my frame and it is impossible to tighten it around  the seat post.

Step 2: Looking for Replacement

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I found an evacuation pipe. The mini-U fits into it perfectly. I cutted the exact length of the orange part of the mini-U.

Step 3: Let's Transform the Pipe

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I've made 3 consecutives adjustements, in order to install the pipe under the saddle, with cable tie.

The first one, I cutted the half extremity of the pipe.
Then ,  I drilled a hole.
And then, at the opposite of the hole,  I've made a little notch. The cable tie will fit into this notch. The pipe won't slip off the cable tie.

Step 4: The Amazing Cable Ties

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God bless the inventor of cable ties. What wonderfull things I can do with it !
I used two huge cable ties, a specific tool is needed to tighten cable ties (by hand it' impossible !)

Step 5: Installing the Mini-U Lock

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First, I put the straight part into the pipe.
Then I install the U part.

Thanks to the specific saddle shape, I'm able to lock the mini-U with its key ( Not so many room).

Step 6: Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed my little bidouille (it means hack in french !)
Sorry for my english, I try every day to speak better and better (it's so difficult).

I think it's possible to use a longer pipe, when the saddle has got a different shape.


robd98 (author)2016-08-23

Great idea. The big name U Lock manufacturers all get it wrong with their mountings but yours is ideal. Get the drilled hole right size and avoid any movement. In my case i had to add a bit of sheet rubber inside the plastic pipe as I couldn't get the exact size for my lock.

Thanks Martee!!!

jmateos (author)2016-06-18

thanks for the idea

makaros (author)2014-03-27

Great idea + smooth looking!

captmoose (author)2013-09-03

Very innovative idea. Thanks for sharing.

Steamfunk (author)2013-08-02

Clean, simple-great job!

lryberg (author)2013-06-20


3366carlos (author)2013-03-28

very nice, instead of plastic wraps, you can use metal clamps, like the ones used in car radiator hoses, the ones with the screw used to tighten (worm).

teicher (author)2012-12-30

Gotta agree, that's nice and clean. Awesome hack!

Orngrimm (author)2012-08-15

I simply love the simplicity of such builds.
Smart and elegant! Thanks for sharing!

FriendOfHumanity (author)2012-08-14

A very minimalist fitting; I like it.

schumi23 (author)2012-08-13

J`aime bien l`idée! (Meme si je traduirais pas Hack pare bidouille)

Luckily, the Ulock holder I have fit my bike perfectly :)

ejarrell (author)2012-08-11

This is so rad! I love you for this "bidouille" :)

3366carlos (author)2012-08-11


Mar HK (author)2012-08-10

That's a great idea! I've been carrying mine in my bag, since the holder the u-lock came with gets in my way, but I'll have to see if this will fit my bike.

l8nite (author)2012-08-09

very nice

slylee (author)2012-07-12


CaseyCase (author)2012-06-29

Very nice--a really clean installation.

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