Originally Posted by XMagnaRider
Does anyone actually use the small hook under the seat?
Do you use it with a cable? If so, where did you get the cable?
I never use the hook under the seat, too hard to get to. But I leave my helmet with the bike all the time, so I got the Pirates Lair lock. For infrequent use it's probably fine. My last bike had a real hook for one helmet, and an under-seat hook for the backup helmet. I actually used that quite a bit for a passenger helmet, and it was even sturdy and well placed enough to allow riding the bike to pick up my passenger with the helmet attached to the hook - the only thing that touched the paint was the fabric underside of the helmet itself.
Now I pretty much always take the topcase when I've got a passenger, for the backrest, so there's plenty of room for helmets and purses and extra sweaters and a bottle of water and some fruit and tissues and a book and extra shoes and a change of clothes and... argh, can we just get going already? ... um .. where was I? Oh yeah, cables.
I'm not sure if it's really that important, but small cables are actually pretty easy to cut. For example thin cables like the ones used for bicycle brakes can be cut with ordinary scissors. If you're going to make your own cable (easy enough to do with stuff from any hardware store) make sure you make one thick enough to resist at least scissors and diagonal cutters.
I know, chin straps are easy to cut too, but I figure a casual thief wouldn't want to ruin the helmet by cutting off the chin strap. ...sure it could be repaired, but not by a casual thief. That's what I tell myself anyway.