I'm looking for a reasonably priced, relatively secure padlock. But here's the catch:
Most of the locker break-ins at the local gym are done by 'shimming' the lock. That is, slipping a thin piece of sheet metal down the u-bolt (or whatever its called) and depressing the spring catch. Other methods of picking/breaking locks aren't used because they attract too much attention. Picture bumping a padlock hanging on a sheet metal locker. With some ultimate fighter just around the corner, looking for an opportunity to play hero.
Many years ago, I had an old lock with no spring catch. To lock it, you had to turn the key. That would work well, as there is no spring to depress. But all the padlocks I've seen (in the $10-$20 range) have spring catches. To make them more 'user friendly', I guess.
One other feature of my old lock (not a requirement) is that the key could not be removed in the unlocked position. So I could toss the thing, key inserted, into my gym bag and not loose either half.
Who makes one? Or what's the best Usenet locksmithing group to post this to?