Commuting - How is this Chain Lock?
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07-22-08, 06:19 PM
Anyone own this OnGuard Beast Chain lock? http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?category=6000102&subcategory=60001120&brand=&sku=9232&storetype=&estoreid=&pagename=Shop%20by%20Subcat%3A%20Locks
I'm considering it since its reasonably cheap with the 20% off from nashbar. I live in New York City, how does this chain compare to the Kryptonite ones?
i've never used this, but it looks stout enough. my advice since you live in NYC is get two locks. or three. or 4.
even though i've never had a bike stolen, i use two locks. and bike theft isn't near as much of an issue where i am.
try to get both a quality chain (like that one) and a good U-lock, and learn to lock properly.
07-22-08, 10:59 PM
I have that chain, and I live and work in New York City. I use it in combination with a smallish OnGuard u-lock. The chain is all marked up from somebody trying to cut through it one day, I'm not even sure when. I was a little bothered at first, but hey, I guess this means the thing works.
07-22-08, 11:10 PM
Shipping is pretty much going to negate the 20% coupon. I can't vouch for these people (http://cgi.ebay.com/ONGUARD-BEAST-chain-lock-3-NEW-5017-Free-Shipping_W0QQitemZ250272785768QQihZ015QQcategoryZ58100QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem), but it seems like a deal.
07-22-08, 11:12 PM
In "Sold Secure" tests and "Cycling Plus" tests, the highest rated ten pound chains test as well as the five pound u-locks. But, why carry a ten pound chain when you can carry a five pound u-lock?
07-23-08, 12:26 AM
I just got my first bike on craigslist for a hundred bucks. I can tell you this, I'd rather spend $80 in protection than have to replace my sweet find. It came with a decent looking cable lock but I am still buying a quality U-lock and will be using them together. The one time purchase of quality locks will save you the agony of buying not only a new bike when yours gets stolen but also spending money on the lock again.
You can never be too secure.
07-23-08, 01:24 AM
One negative with that particular chain is that it's a bit short for wearing around your waist (unless you have < a 28" waist). I ended up buying a short length of light chain to extend it enough to go around me hanging loosely over my clothes, making it a lot easier to carry.
The length is just right for locking one wheel and the frame to a post. Chains are a lot better than Ulocks at giving options on where to lock. I always use both if I'm leaving my bike for a while, and I live in a relatively low crime city
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