Quick Take: Knog Milkman Cable Lock


Why You Want: You ride solo a lot and the occasional midride stop into a café or shop to refill your bottle requires you step away from your bike for short amounts of time.

Pros: The Milkman fits perfectly into a jersey pocket, so it’s likely you’ll carry it with you on most rides. Polycarbonate housing hides a three-foot long retractable, braided steel cable that works well as a deterrent.

Cons: This is not a lock we’d recommend using for any extended amount of time, i.e anything over 15 minutes. It’s meant to keep crimes of opportunity from happening, but it won’t stop a determined thief.

RoadBikeReview Take: The Milkman is a deterrent lock that weighs just 110 grams and is designed to fit in the rear pocket of your jersey. A retractable three-foot braided steel cable is housed in the Milkmans injection moulded polycarbonate case and makes locking up your bike a snap. The case has a slight curve to it, which we found fits snugly against your back when carried in a rear jersey pocket.

We’ve had this little guy in for testing for a few months now, and it goes with us on all our solo rides. Its diminutive size makes it’s a no brainer to take along for the ride. For the quick nature break, or to pop into a shop for a snack or bottle refill, the Milkman works perfectly to deter would be thieves from just hoping on and riding off with our bike.

Knog doesn’t recommend using the Milkman for lengthy unattended amounts of time, but for the few minutes to deter crimes of opportunity, and peace of mind, it works.

Price: $25 (available in 4 colors)

More Info: knog.com.au

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About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.

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  • J. Wulfers says:

    You can purchase smaller units at ski shops having a combination lock. No keys to carry around and loose.

  • rusty says:

    I have a ski lock that is even smaller and uses a combination. It has the same cable system. I use it rarely for my road bike.

  • Brainbow says:

    I use this lock, sometimes. It is super light and it’s really quick. I have very refined lock-up habits. I know very well the limits of this particular lock. I’ve used handheld snips to defeat one. Being retractable, the net-effect look of this lock is that it looks like a locking device, snugged up against the frame. I also never turn away from it for more than a couple minutes (the time it takes to register with an opportunistic bike thief). I use it locked up “inside” a bike pile, in well lit public areas, INSIDE buildings, and in very low-risk areas. The absolute best part about this lock… everytime I use it, my bike doesn’t get stolen. Am I lucky? Am I smart? Am I a risk-taker? Is this lock low-security? Oh yeah. I like it. I also have 4 other locks that I use when the occasion requires.

  • John Young says:

    For under $20 on Amazon, the 2″ x 5″ Voltage Valet has a 4 ft cable and a siren alarm if cable is cut or the lock/bike is merely bumped. Not by any means should you leave a bike anywhere unattended, but I use these in combo with bikes on a vehicle rack, or with ulocks.

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