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Old 03-24-07, 06:54 PM   #1
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bicycle security locks

i wanted to know if there are any websites that have the latest reviews on bicycle security. comparison on all types of locks. i was gonna choose a kryptonite fahgetaboutit u lock but turned my attention to abus u locks now. i am really confused on what to get, i just want the best lock there is.
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Old 03-24-07, 07:04 PM   #2
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Try looking at the top of this forum (general) and see if there isn't something in the "stickys" that seem to apply. Also, try the search function, but you are going to get so many hits that they seem meaningless.
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The best BIKE lock there is? There are commercial locks and locking systems that are generally way too heavy to carry with you all the time. I carry a common U-bolt lock even on club rides. Where I work I leave a massive chain and lock system I took there in my truck. Neither would last too long in NYC. You just need to balance weight, cost, and degree of security needed. Where you lock up is important too.
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You can see the results of tests by a insurance organization in the UK at:

www.soldsecure.com/Leisure.htm

The locks rated "gold" by soldsecure are the same locks that scored the highest in tests by the editors of the UK magazine "Cycling Plus".

The test results at soldsecure are consistent with the "Star" ratings used on the Kryptonite website, and on the website for OnGuard locks. The locks that Kryptonite and OnGuard themselves rate as "best" also test as the "best" in independent testing.

The "best" bike lock that is easy to find in the USA and that is reasonably portable is the Kryptonite Fahgettaboudit U-lock. In the UK, the "Urban Paramount" received a rating equal to the best Kryptonite locks, and it may sell for a lower price.

The problems with the "best" locks is their weight. The highest scoring u-locks weigh five or six pounds. The highest scoring chain locks weigh eight to twelve pounds. So, for folks who carry their lock with them, it usually makes sense to use "medium" security locks that are more portable.

For example, the Kryptonite Evo Mini and the OnGuard Bulldog Mini TC each weigh about two pounds. They work very well against crooks who use manual cutting and prying tools. They won't last long against power tools, but in most communities, it is rare for crooks to use power tools.

No lock works if you use it wrong. Today I saw a bike with nice Campy wheels and quick releases. The u-lock was around the frame only. A crook could have taken both wheels in just a few seconds.

The correct way to use a u-lock is to place it around the rear wheel, just behind the seat tube. Do NOT put the lock around any part of the frame, as that allows a crook to use the frame as a lever to attempt to break the lock. Replace the quick release on the front wheel with a bolt, and use a cable lock, or a mini u-lock to secure the front wheel to the frame.

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Here's another which is similar to Sold Secure. It's in Dutch, and is the standard used in Europe. You shouldn't have any trouble to understand it; the more stars the better, with four stars being the highest rating.

Check the box at the upper left of the page that says "Foto's tonen" for pictures of the locks.
http://www.stichtingart.nl/sloten_resultaat.asp
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You're in UK, so I trust you can find Abus w/out much trouble. As for other makes, I don't know what's common over there.

I have the top-rated Abus - granitX something or other. It's the shizzle.
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