Originally Posted by Ngchen
Does anyone know whether it's possible to hire a locksmith to rekey a tubular cylinder U-lock with a straight key? I have such a lock, and would hate to see it go to waste collecting dust back home.
I doubt it. And, skilled locksmiths charge a good fee for their services. Good "flat key" locks such as the OnGuard Bulldog sell for as little as $25 or $30.
If your old "round key" lock is a high quality Kryptonite, why not keep using it? The typical crook is a dim-witted, unskilled creature of habit. They go after Wal-Mart U-locks and cable locks, because that sort of lock can be opened in just seconds with simple tools and zero skills. Any Kryptonite, round key or flat key, is more of a challenge than the average crook wants to deal with.
A good use for a "round key" u-lock is to secure the front wheel. When I go to a baseball game a night in downtown Houston, I put a "heavy duty" u-lock around the rear wheel and a steel pole, and secure the front wheel with any 'ol lock. A suitable role for an older lock.