|New use for old belts!|
Thanks to inspiration from the Velo Orange blog*. I implemented this quick and easy mount for holding my mini u-lock on my rack. A little cutting on the leather, plus a short length of Velcro One Wrap to limit rattles, and it's done.
This initial version uses cable ties. Oh cable tie, is there nothing you can't do? In looking at it, though, v.2 may involve usage of the leather punch. Pipe clamps also came to mind. Are black pipe clamps available?
Why go this way? Because the supplied mount rattles, and I can't have that. Also, the position I had it mounted never seemed quite right anyway.
Still: I think there should be a way to mount the lock a bit lower so that it would not impede a trunk bag so much. I did eyeball a few different positions, but this initial configuration seemed most secure. I noted that a third cable tie in the middle would appear to support lock/unlock mounting, insert the unlocked shackle through the two openings and then lock it, which might be a workable solution for a larger u-lock, too.
Trials and refinements in process. So far I prefer it in simplicity and frugality to a more involved leather pouch solution. We'll see what the road miles have to say about that, however.
*I struggle with striking the correct balance between sounding pretentious and mispronunciation when pronouncing that name. French?