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Thule Cable Lock w/ One Key System Lock - 6' Long

Thule Cable Lock w/ One Key System Lock - 6' Long

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Loop this braided steel cable through your bike wheels, snowboard bindings or any accessory to keep your gear safe and secure. The cable has a compact, coiled design for easy storage, and can be keyed to match all your other Thule locks. Call 800-298-8924 to order Thule bike locks part number TH538XT or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Thule products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Thule Cable Lock w/ One Key System Lock - 6' Long. Bike Locks reviews from real customers.
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Thule Bike Locks - TH538XT

  • Cable Lock
  • Thule
  • Keyed Unique
  • 6 Feet Long
  • Steel

Loop this braided steel cable through your bike wheels, snowboard bindings or any accessory to keep your gear safe and secure. The cable has a compact, coiled design for easy storage, and can be keyed to match all your other Thule locks.


Features:

  • Cable secures your gear to your bike rack, roof rack, cargo carrier and more
  • Thule One Key System lock cylinder (included) can be swapped out to make all your locks keyed alike
  • Braided steel construction is rugged and durable
  • Hinged cap protects the lock cylinder from the elements
  • Polyethylene coating on cable prevents it from scratching your gear and your carrier
  • Coiled, compact design allows for easy storage


Specs:

  • Cable dimensions: 5/16" diameter x 6' long
  • Limited lifetime warranty


538XT Thule Braided Steel Cable Lock with One Key System Lock - 6' Long





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Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Thule Bike Locks - Cable Lock - TH538XT Review

Speaker 1: Today we're going to take a look at the Thule six-foot long cable lock with the One-Key system lock. Now, you can loop this braided steel cable for your bike wheels, snowboard bindings, or any other accessory to keep your gear safe and secure. The cable has a nice, compact coil design to it for easy storage, and it can be keyed to match all your other Thule locks. Does include everything laid out here on the table: the cable lock itself, the One-Key lock cylinder, the master key, and then the two keys to lock and unlock the cable lock. This cable will secure your gear to your bike rack, roof rack, cargo carrier, and more. Does use the Thule One-Key system lock cylinder.

It can be swapped out to make all your locks keyed alike, if you prefer. Now, on the cable itself, it's a braided steel construction, which is very rugged and durable.Uses a polyethylene coating on the cable, which prevents it from scratching your gear and your carrier. And as we mentioned, it's nice coiled, compact design allows for easy storage. And if you notice, on this end where the lock cylinder goes has a nice hinge cap, and that'll protect the lock cylinder from the elements. A few specs on the cable, it's 5/16-inch diameter.

The length is six feet. And just to show you how this is work, to install your lock cylinder, you can use any key to install the lock cylinder, either the master key or the regular key, but you'll just go ahead and put your key in there.And then once you have it in there, you just can put it in there. And then you can take your key out, and your lock's, or your lock cylinder's installed. And then to lock it, all you have to do is wind this through your bike or wherever you're going to attach it to, and then push it in there, and it locks it right into place. And then to unlock it, just take one of these keys, turn it, and that'll unlock it from the cylinder.

Now, the master key what's that mainly used for is if you want to switch this out and make your locks all keyed alike to remove that lock cylinder, just put the master key in there, and you can pull the lock cylinder right out. You can install it with the master cylinder, or with them master key also. Once you've got it installed, then you have to use these keys to lock the cable or unlock it. But that should do it for the review on the Thule six-foot long cable lock with the One-Key system lock.


Customer Reviews

Thule Cable Lock w/ One Key System Lock - 6' Long - TH538XT

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (44 Customer Reviews)

Loop this braided steel cable through your bike wheels, snowboard bindings or any accessory to keep your gear safe and secure. The cable has a compact, coiled design for easy storage, and can be keyed to match all your other Thule locks.

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This thing does all it says it will. 133249



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We're very happy with the Thule 2-bike rack (TH958) & associated locks (THSTL2)& cables (TH538XT) we bought through etrailer. This setup works great on the back of our 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee with our two adult bikes -- we would recommend this combination to others without hesitation :) 390685



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Good product 511308



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The lock worked well on a trip from Central New York to North Carolina. But, after the trip the lock failed to work properly. etrailer.com was contacted and I was sent a new lock. Working very well. Great customer service made me a happy bike guy! 277072


Comments
Still functioning well! I use it all the time to secure my bike!
Phil E - 07/28/2017

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Works great, long enough to lock bikes to rack. 429556



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regular lock..... 659116



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Solid lock. I wish it was longer or that they at least offered a longer version. I like that you can buy replacement locks or multiple locks so you use one key for multiple Thule products (in this case, I have the 990XT hitch and I love it!) 53255



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I got this lock together with the replacement knobs for my Thule Spare Me Bike carrier. I bought the replacement arm knobs after someone stole one of them. The lock pretty held my bikes to the bike rack until this morning when some perp cut the cable with a bolt cutter while on a parking lot in Sacramento. Good thing my Specialized bikes were not taken as my friend came back from a local fastfood and scared the perp away. The locking mechanism was solid, being Thule -made; only the cable was defeated by a boltcutter. It hurts me that the cable lock set me back $35 that only lasted only two weeks. sigh...My wife's gonna kill me for this... 48834



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Wraps around 4 bikes easily on my bike trailer, convenient and durable. 481249



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I'm very pleased. Ordered by phone and got great help to fit my 2010 GMC Yukon. The order arrived quickly and in good shape and after a quick read of the instructions installed the rack and tried it out. Everything works great and I look forward to many years of enjoyment as I travel the country with my new bike rack. 344191



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These locks for some reason are not made well. This has nothing to do with etrailer, it simply comes down to the quality control with Thule. When I received this lock the lock cylinder was not installed into the lock like most Thule locks come. You most of the time have to install the cylinder. It also comes with the two keys to open and close your lock, and it comes with a universal master key, which is used to remove the lock from your cable or set the lock cylinder into cable. The inside of the cable where the cylinder goes was not fabricated correctly. The lock cylinder would set into the cable. After numerous tries I took this set up down to a lock store that sells Thule equipment. They pulled 3 of the same locks off the shelf that I brought in. 2 of the 3 had the same problem as I was having with the one I received from etrailer. They were nice and gave me one of the locks that worked, and took the one I brought in to send back to Thule with the other 2 for warranty. This is again in no way a bashing or negative comment for etrailer. The quality of this lock is horrible per Thule 130820



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Everything was of great quality and I was impressed with the quality of protective cap on locking device. Suggestion if the cable could be another 1 to 1.5 feet longer. This way you lock bike carrier and bikes to trailer hitch safety chains attachment on hitch. 682258



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Very nice lock 612067



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Easy to set up and maneuver. Happy with the purchase. 590835



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This product works great. It stays coiled up for easy storage when not in use. 551142



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Everything I purchased has worked out great. Very easy to order and receive my items. Definitely recommend using etrailer.com. 546785



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Installs in minutes, works very well on my 2009 Smart Car! It will be used daily for sure! 539656



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This was a great purchase - product works just as advertised to lock down my bike on the carrier. Very easy to use. 529964



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I have used this but wish it was longer, as I can only put it around one bike. But would definitely recommend getting for anti-theft. 529825



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Great product, exactly what I ordered. Shipment arrived in under 2 days to my Illinois location. 520978



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Big enough to make sure it fits 518116



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Perfect securing the drop gate on my utility trailer to the trailer body itself. 457744



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Great quality products. Got bike rack and trailer hitch in 3 days and on the road with it on the fourth day 428792



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The product is functional. Can't ask m ore. 408103



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Fits perfectly and works as intended. 381576


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