A Stronger Mini-u Bike Holder

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Introduction: A Stronger Mini-u Bike Holder

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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    21 Discussions

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    robbiebb
    robbiebb

    6 weeks ago

    This is great solution and just what I was looking for. Unfortunately, my Ulock is tapered and larger than normal. It doesn't really fit a pvc pipe. This got me thinking... Do you really need the pipe? Locking it between the straps would keep it secure. It might rattle from not being a tight enough fit between lock and straps.Thoughts?

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    martee
    martee

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    Hi Robbie, I didn't tried without the pipe, it could be tricky to insert the Ulock body without the pipe, in my opinion. Unfortunately, the lock and the bike are gone, I broke the bike frame and actually, I'm locking my new bike with an ABUS folding lock (not such strong as the Ulock, but very compact and well deisgned).

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    Yonatan24
    Yonatan24

    8 months ago

    Great idea!

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    phil.parry
    phil.parry

    1 year ago

    wonderful! tres bon!

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    robd98
    robd98

    4 years ago

    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!!!

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    jmateos
    jmateos

    4 years ago

    thanks for the idea

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    captmoose
    captmoose

    7 years ago on Step 6

    Very innovative idea. Thanks for sharing.

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    3366carlos
    3366carlos

    7 years ago on Introduction

    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).

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    teicher
    teicher

    7 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Orngrimm
    Orngrimm

    8 years ago on Introduction

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

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    schumi23
    schumi23

    8 years ago on Introduction

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

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

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    Mar HK
    Mar HK

    8 years ago on Introduction

    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.