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Saris Cable Lock - 8' Long

Saris Cable Lock - 8' Long

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This 8' long, braided stainless steel cable lock helps secure your bikes to your bike rack or other stationary object. Vinyl coating prevents cable from scratching your bike and vehicle. Plastic cap keeps dust and moisture out of lock body. Call 800-298-1624 to order Saris bike locks part number SA981 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Saris products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Saris Cable Lock - 8' Long. Bike Locks reviews from real customers.
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Saris Bike Locks - SA981

  • Cable Locks
  • 8 Feet Long
  • Saris
  • Keyed Unique
  • Steel

This 8' long, braided stainless steel cable lock helps secure your bikes to your bike rack or other stationary object. Vinyl coating prevents cable from scratching your bike and vehicle. Plastic cap keeps dust and moisture out of lock body.


Features:

  • Cable lock helps deter theft of your bicycles
  • 10-mm Braided stainless steel construction is durable and corrosion resistant
  • Vinyl coating prevents cable from scratching your bike and vehicle
  • Plastic cap keeps dust and moisture out of the lock body
  • 2 Keys included
  • 8' Long
  • Lifetime warranty


981 Saris 8' Long Stainless Steel Bike Cable Lock




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Video of Saris Cable Lock - 8' Long

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Video Transcript for Saris 8' Cable Lock Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Saris Cable Lock, part #SA981. The Saris cable lock is going to allow you to secure your bike to the vehicle. It's 8 feet long, and it's going to allow you to secure multiple bikes. So the cable itself is made of a heavy duty braided steel which is super strong and durable. It has a rubber coating on the cable itself so when the cable is wrapped around the bike it's not going to scratch it up or scuff it. And it comes with two keys and a rubber protective cap that is going to go over the front part of the lock.

It's going to protect it from any moisture or dirt or debris from getting in there. Now we're going to go ahead and take the cable lock and show you how to secure your bike to an attachment point on your vehicle. So how this cable lock works is you'll first need to unlock it and remove the large yellow lock from this gold pin here. And what you'll do is you'll wrap this cable around the bike and through your attachment point on your vehicle. And what you're going to do is you're going to bring this gold pin up through this loop in the cable and then secure the lock back on that gold pin. This loop is not going to be able to come off of that gold pin therefore locking your bikes to the vehicle. So now down here at the rear back of the vehicle we're going to look for a heavy duty secured attachment point.

It has these loops which are welded to the hitch which is going to provide a great attachment point for our cable. So we'll just take one end of the cable and go around one of the loops here in the hitch and pull the cable up. We'll then take the end of the cable and go through the bike frame here. And then back around. Now depending on your bike rack you may be able to loop the cable through to hold like this or another attachment point which is also going to secure the bike rack to the vehicle. For today's application the hole is not big enough for the end of the cable to come through so we're just going to bring the cable back down to the rear of the car.

And now like I showed you before we'll go ahead and insert the gold pin into this loop here at the end of our cable and then secure it with a lock. We'll then remove the keys, and just to make sure that our cover is over there to protect our lock cord. And with it locked it place you can see that our bike is secured to the vehicle. Now with our bike all locked down that will complete today's review of the Saris Cable Lock, part #SA981. .


Customer Reviews

Saris Cable Lock - 8' Long - SA981

Average Customer Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars   (14 Customer Reviews)

This 8' long, braided stainless steel cable lock helps secure your bikes to your bike rack or other stationary object. Vinyl coating prevents cable from scratching your bike and vehicle. Plastic cap keeps dust and moisture out of lock body.

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I ordered Saris 8' cable locks & Blue Ox hitch receiver stabilizer & 15' MasterLock steel cable to use with the recent purchase of the KUAT bike rack and extended double 2" receiver. I tried them out this weekend and all worked GREAT together! The rack and bikes are rock solid going down the road behind the motorhome. My wife followed me and kept watch. She was amazed how stable the bikes were. You can't go wrong with this combination from etrailer.



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this cable/lock system has held up great, I use it to secure my cooler to one of the rear cleats on my boat. the cable is of a decent gauge, and the lock is solid. very pleased with this setup .


Comments
fantastic, Glad I chose this cable lock . , I use it around salt water, so just to be safe I spray a little corrosion X in the lock every now and then just for preventative maintenance .
Bill S - 09/14/2017



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Looks capable of doing the job. Currently being used to secure a generator to my truck. Especially like the cover protecting the lock from weather



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Excellent produce. Very well designed and easy to use.



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Good product recommended on this site when purchasing Saris Bones 2 truck mount carrier. Secures 2 bikes well.



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Great product i got it installed but I haven't loaded my bikes yet. Thank you so much



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High quality product. Lock mechanism is tight. Very heavy duty cable. Shipping was very fast



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So happy with our decision to purchase this product! Easy to install on back of our Honda CRV and was exactly what we were looking for.



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everything I expected will do the job Im using it for. ordered other from different company thru it in garbage but this one I will use for years to come



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  • Recommended Bike Rack For Electra Townie Go! 8i Bike
    There is one bike rack I really like for that will work great for your Electra Townie Go! 8i bike, which is from Saris: - Saris Freedom Bike Rack # SA4412B The Freedom has a 60 lb per-bike capacity, which can handle your Townie, and has cradles that you can position at different spots that allow it to grasp your Townie's step-through frame. It also weighs just 22-1/2 lbs so it is extremely lightweight, making it much easier to handle than any other bike rack capable of carrying your...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation For Electra Townie E-Bikes With Step-Through Frames
    For your Electra Townie bikes with step-through frames, the rack I recommend is from Saris: - Saris Freedom Bike Rack # SA4412B The Freedom will work with your Townie because it holds bikes via adjustable cradles that you can position to easily grasp your bike's step-through frames. The rack also has a 60 lb per-bike capacity yet is very light, weighting only 22-1/2 lbs, which means it is going to be a lot easier to handle than any other electric bike rack, most of which weigh at...
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  • Size Hole that Saris Cable Lock # SA981 Can Fit Through
    That's a harder number to give an exact figure for, but the diameter of the Saris Cable Lock # SA981 that you referenced is 10 mm and the loop end is basically two sections of the 10 mm cable folded over it's self with a bit of extra width since it can't fold totally flat. It's designed to fit through the standard safety chain loop holes on trailer hitches so if this is your application it would work well for that. Otherwise to be safe I'd say a hole diameter right at 1 inch would be about...
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  • Is the Saris Cable Lock # SA981 a Retaining Lock
    The lock core of the Saris Cable Lock # SA981 has a spring in it so that it always wants to return to the locked position. You would have to twist the key to get the core to unlatch the lock so that you can release the latch, but then it will automatically go back to the locked position. You can remove the key when in the unlocked position.
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  • Will E-Bikes be Easy to Load Onto Saris Freedom 4-Bike Rack & Are Fat Tire Adapters Available
    The Saris Freedom 4-Bike Rack # SA4414B is one of my favorites, and so long as you don't have any issues lifting up the bikes, it isn't difficult at all to load them behind the vertical post so your bike is closest to the hitch. The wheel trays are large and you will be able to easily place your bike right in. You can also get fat tire adapters, but can't get the rack with just one set of wheel holders for fat tires, you do need to get them extra with the Fat Tire Adapter Kit for Saris...
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  • Trailer Hitch Receiver for 2017 Honda CR-V and Bike Rack for Electra Townie Step Through
    For your 2017 Honda CR-V you can definitely use a 2" trailer hitch receiver and this is the route I recommend because it will give you much better options for a bike rack to carry your Electra Townie 7D EQ with a step-through frame and fenders. The best hitch for your '17 CR-V is the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver # 76128 because it has the best ground clearance, which is important since you will be using the hitch for a bike rack. I have added a link to an install video for you to...
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  • Will Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE 4 Bike Platform Rack Fit on 2015 Honda Odyssey
    The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE, part # HR1400Z, fits on your 2015 Honda Odyssey once you install the 2 inch trailer hitch. With that being said it may not be the best choice because when we tested it there wasn't room to open rear hatch because of the bike's handle bars. Even with the rack tilted. If you're not worried about this then the Sport Rider SE is a great choice for you. If that is important to you then I recommend the Saris Freedom, part # SA4414B. I've linked a video...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack for e-Bikes with Fenders
    I do have a great option for you, however since the Yakima HoldUp EVO 2 Bike Rack # Y02479 has a wheel-mount design, it's not the best solution for your e-bikes that feature fenders. Pushing the hooks down onto the fenders could damage them and angling them further out on the wheel to avoid interference can lead to a more unstable connection. For your bikes I instead recommend the Saris Freedom # SA4412B, which features adjustable clamps that will attach to the frame (even if your e-bikes...
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  • Recommended Hitch Mounted Bike Rack For Trek Verge 2 Electric Bike
    The best bike rack to accommodate your Trek Verge 2 E-bike is the Saris Freedom 2 # SA4412B. This has a weight capacity of 60lbs per bike and can fit up to 2-1/4" tires so it will be perfect for your E-bike. This secures the bike by the frame, so you will not have to worry about coming in contact with the fender/racks on your bike. If you will be transporting a bike with tires wider than 2-1/4", then I recommend the Saris Fat Bike Kit # SA4419 which allows up to 5" wide tires. To...
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  • Recommended Hitch and Platform Bike Carrier to Use on 2014 Land Rover Evoque
    I'll start off by saying that the first thing you need is a hitch receiver on your vehicle in order to carry the bike rack. I recommend using the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13128 which will provide you with a durable hitch to carry any potential bike rack. This hitch has a 2" receiver on it which will provide you with a greater variety of hitch mounted accessories that can be used. When it comes to a bike rack, your choice of going with a platform rack is a good start considering...
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  • What is the Difference Between the Thule Gateway Pro 2 and the Saris Bones 2 Bike Racks?
    One of the main differences between the Thule Gateway Pro 2 # TH88VR and the Saris Bones 2 # SA805BL is that the Gateway Pro 2 includes an integrated cable lock that secures the bikes to the rack. Even though the Saris Bones 2 does not include a lock that secures your bikes to the rack, you can purchase the Saris Cable Lock - 8' Long # SA981 to get that added security. Also, for both the Gateway Pro 2 and the Saris Bones 2, you can purchase the Thule Passive Security Strap for Trunk Mounted...
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  • Can I Use the Saris SuperClamp On Bikes with Fenders
    I have a solution for you, but the Saris SuperClamp EX4 # SA4026F cannot be used with bikes with fenders; you'll instead need to use a bike rack that holds the bikes by the frames. For that I recommend using the Saris Freedom 4 Bike Platform Rack for Fat Bikes - 2" Hitches - Frame Mount # SA4414B-FB, which has the same functions as the SuperClamp but holds the bikes by the frames, so your fenders won't get damaged. Because these racks don't come with locks included I do recommend adding...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for Transporting 2 E-Bikes with a 2018 Toyota Corolla
    For your 2018 Toyota Corolla I recommend installing the the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C11265 because the Draw-Tite option # 24913 has a weld-stop in the receiver which can get in the way with some accessories. The Curt hitch then allows you to use the 20x48 Surco Cargo Carrier # 52017 for carrying your electric bikes. Plus since this carrier only weighs about 30 lbs you will be well under the 200 lb tongue weight (TW) of the trailer hitch. To help secure your bikes you can use...
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  • Bike Rack and Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
    The correct Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver for your 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek is part # C13135. The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C13409 that you referenced is for a Subaru Forester and will not fit your Subaru XV Crosstrek. I have attached an install photo/video for you as well. For a bike rack, the Saris Freedom 2 Bike Platform Rack part # SA4412B that you were looking at is an excellent choice because it will work with a ton of different types of bike frames. It is also super lightweight...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Electra Townie 7 Bike
    Because the Electra bikes typically don't have a standard bike frame, a platform rack is going to be the best option to carry your Electra Townie 7. Even though the Hollywood Racks Trail Rider 2 # HR200Z you were looking at is a platform rack, it may require the use of an adapter bar like # HRBA-PRO . This is because the Electra Townie 7 has an odd shaped frame and this rack secures the bikes via a clamp down on the frame. Considering the frame of your bike and that it might have fenders,...
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  • Are There Trunk Mounted Bike Racks That Fit a 2018 Toyota Highlander
    Yes, we do. I recommend using the Saris Bones 2 # SA805BL, which is a confirmed fit on your 2018 Toyota Highlander and provides you with a sleek and durable trunk mounted rack that is made in the USA and comes with a lifetime warranty. The Bones has adjustable arms with anti-sway straps that keep your bikes stable during transport and will be able to carry 2 mountain bikes without issue. If one of your bikes is a women's bike then you'll also likely need to use the Saris Bike Beam Bike...
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  • Will Hitch Lock for Kuat Transfer Bike Rack Work on Other Bikes
    The Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock for Kuat Transfer Bike Racks - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches # HLT will only work with Kuat Transfer bike racks. Bike rack locks are generally specific to the rack manufacturers, though we may have an option. The SilentACT Anti-Rattle Trailer Hitch Accessories Lock - 1-1/4", 2", and 2-1/2" Hitches # SHP2082 has a pin diameter of 1/2" for the threaded portion and 3/8" non-threaded portion but would only work if you have a hollow shank bike rack. Otherwise, there is...
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  • Does the Saris Bones 2 Bike Rack Fit a 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited
    Yes. The Saris Bones 2 # SA805BL is a confirmed fit on your 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited as long as you don't have the glass roof and it's a great choice because Saris racks are known for their high quality and durability. Since this rack doesn't come with locks included you may also want to add a cable lock like the Saris Cable Lock - 8' Long # SA981 to add a layer of security for your bikes. I've linked some review videos of these parts for you to check out.
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  • Recommended Platform 2-Bike Rack Made in the USA
    The Swagman bike racks like the Swagman XC 2-Bike Rack Platform Style Rack part # S64650 are made in Canada. They are still great quality and one of the most popular bike rack brands we carry. I recommend to use the Saris Freedom 2 Bike Platform Rack part # SA4412B which is a 2-bike platform rack that fits both a 2" and 1-1/4" hitch that is made right here in the USA. It has a 60 lbs per bike capacity for heavier bikes. It also accommodates various size bikes because of the sliding wheel...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack for E-Bike with Fat Tires and Fenders That Fits on 1-1/4" Hitch Receiver
    I have a solution for you, but the Yakima HoldUp EVO # Y02480 is not going to allow you to mount the hooks to the frame of a bike- there isn't a way to get the hook past the handlebar post to attach it to the frame in this case. We do have bike racks designed specifically designed for fat tire e-bikes though that would be a much better solution. For a platform rack that fits on 1-1/4" receivers and can also carry fat tire e-bikes that have fenders, I recommend using the Saris Freedom...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation to Carry 4 Bikes on 2006 Subaru Outback
    First off, you've made some good choices! And this is a great question, since these racks have different styles, but offer a lot of the same features like tilt away and folding up-and they're all compatible with 2" hitch receivers. What the decision really comes down to are the benefits of a platform bike rack like the Saris Freedom 4 # SA4414B over hanging racks like the Yakima FullSwing # Y02465 or the Saris Glide EX # SA774 . In short, I recommend going with the Saris Freedom 4 # SA4414B...
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  • Trunk Mounted Bike Rack For 2016 Kia Sorento
    For your 2016 Kia Sorento I recommend the Saris Bones EX 3 Bike Rack - Trunk Mount - Adjustable Arms Item # SA803. This bike rack is easy to install, has large rubber feet to prevent damage to the vehicle, fits most vehicles with factory spoilers, comes with anti sway straps for the down tube on the bike frame, and adjustable arms. For your alternative bikes I recommend the Saris Bike Beam Bike Frame Adapter Bar for Women's and Alternative Frame Bikes Item # SA3040. The adapter adjust...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack for Carrying Regular and Electric Bikes with a 2008 Toyota Camry
    Yes, the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver # 36416 is an excellent choice to use a bike rack on your 2008 Toyota Camry. I have attached an installation video as well as some photos of what the hitch looks like once it's installed. If you don't already have a bike rack then I recommend using the Yakima HoldUp # Y02445 because it is one of the more cost-effective options out there that fits your needs. It has a weight capacity of up to 60 lbs per bike, comes with bike and hitch locks for...
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  • Comparing Saris Freedom 4 Bike Rack and Hollywood Racks Sport Rider 4 Bike Rack
    So both the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE 4 Bike Platform Rack # HR1400Z and the Saris Freedom 4 Bike Platform Rack # SA4414B fit all of your bike styles and are both really great options so either way I think you'll be happy, but there are some key differences like you noted. A big one is weight. The Hollywood rack weighs 81 lbs as a 4 bike rack and 51 lbs as a 2 bike and the Saris weighs 53 lbs but only is a 4 bike setup. To add locks to the Saris you'd need the # SA3022 and # SA981...
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  • Using the Saris Bones EX 3 Trunk Bike Rack on a 2019 Kia Sorento
    While hooking the top hooks of the Saris Bones EX 3 # SA803 to your frame is preferable, you technically can tie the top straps to your roof rack. You still need to run the top straps through the tab on the top arms and make sure that the strap lies flat before it is anchored. Attached is a picture of the rack on a Kia Sorento. Note where the feet and the straps are placed. From my experience with the bike rack, I prefer using the hooks since it is easier to attach and detach that way....
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  • Best 4-Bike Platform Rack for 2009 Honda Odyssey
    Thanks for your continued business with us; I would be more than happy to help you find a better 4-bike rack for your trip. What we know about your 2 inch Hidden Hitch is that the clearance from the center of the pin hole to the edge of the bumper is 5-1/4 inches. This will come in handy when selecting the best rack for you. The best platform bike rack for you with the proper bumper clearance is the Saris Freedom # SA4414B. If any of your bikes like the cruiser have wider tires...
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