Introduction: License Plate Bike Lock Holster
Come one! Come All! Turn your mild hatred of cars into a quick and easy Bike Lock Holster.
Used License Plate
A while back I found a license plate in the middle of the road. It was pretty beat up, yet still perfectly flat. Good find. After hanging onto it for a while now, I've decided to put it to use. Usually, I just stick my bike lock in the back of my pants for a quick ride somewhere when I don't want my backpack, but that is a little awkward, so I designed an easy-to-make holster out of the license plate.
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Step 1: Bend 1: the Tab
Fold one end of the plate over about 3/4" or 2cm. This doesn't need to be too exact. This little tab will help keep the holster stuck either on your belt or pants.
Step 2: Bend 2: the Belt-Loop
Bend the plate down further than the width of your belt. You have now create the belt-loop or pant-clip portion.
Step 3: Bend 3: the Holster
Place the plate through your bike lock so that the previously folded end is under the lock and the unfolded end is above the lock. Fold the bottom half up over the lock's bar.
Step 4: Bend 4: the Canvas
Bend the plate back down over itself at roughly the same place as Bend 2. This produces a nice area to customize your holster.
Step 5: Make It Yours!
Add personal touches to the blank area. If you started with your plate reversed from mine, you will end up with the actual plate's reflective surface facing out. I would have done this, but it's really scratched up on that side and I wanted to put reflective tape on it.
Step 6: Wear It
To wear, either slip your belt through it like a belt-loop or clip it over your pants (between Bends 1 and 3). I have not had any problem with the lock or holster falling off.
This thing is EXTREMELY reflective and bright at night. I used the same reflective tape on the back of my helmet and somebody actually rolled down their window to tell me that my helmet light had turned off. I was confused at first, but then realized he was talking about the tape flashing in his headlights. Amazing.