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Old 07-22-08, 05:19 PM   #1
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How is this Chain Lock?

Anyone own this OnGuard Beast Chain lock? http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...cat%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?
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Old 07-22-08, 05:39 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 07-22-08, 09:59 PM   #3
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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.
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Shipping is pretty much going to negate the 20% coupon. I can't vouch for these people, but it seems like a deal.
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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?
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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.
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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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