The 2005 model OnGuard Pitbull "Mini" would be a good alternative to the "Brute". It weighs 2.2 pounds, about the weight of the Brute "Mini". Its 3.5 inch by 5.5 inch size works well for my preferred locking method. I use the "mini" to lock the rear wheel directly to the rack or post. If the "mini" lock is positioned on the rear wheel just behind the seat tube, the rear wheel and frame are both secure. I use a bolted skewer and combination lock cable for the front wheel.
I like "mini" size locks because there is a "cheap", easy to find tool that crooks can use to quickly break a large, light-weight, inexpensive U-lock. That tool works well on 5 inch by 9 inch U-locks, but it can not be used on a mini-lock, as a "mini" lock does not provide enough space for the tool. I am sure some members of this Forum know WHICH cheap tool crooks use to break large sized U-locks. Hopefully, no member will be posting photos, diagrams or videos instructing people on how this tool is used. (Such as the "helpful" photo posted last week on the fastest method for cutting a cable lock).
Last edited by alanbikehouston; 02-04-05 at 07:21 PM.