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Old 06-05-15, 09:11 AM
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Strange ULock Problem--Won't Unlock

I'm having a strange problem with my ULock (it's a Kryptonite Evolution 2000, an older model). It's probably easiest to see if you look at the attached picture, but basically I am unable to unlock it because I can't insert the key. I can't insert the key because the little notch that rotates around is out of line with the notch that stays in place. It seems that to unlock it, I'll need to figure out how to get those two notches to line up again.

I think someone might have tried to pick the lock last night. Looks like they accomplished the opposite of what they were trying to do.

Does anyone have any idea how I can unlock this? Or barring that, how I can break the lock (I am bikeless until I figure out how to get the lock unlocked or off).


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If you have two keys, take one and file the notch that sticks up off and insert...
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An angle grinder will make fairly quick work of just about any lock. Of course, unless you can locate a cordless one ($$) you will need a place to plug it in...
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Have you tried using a biro?

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Originally Posted by obed7 View Post
If you have two keys, take one and file the notch that sticks up off and insert...
thanks, this worked. Only have one key, but it still works for normal locking and unlocking.
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Consider it a warning that the thief will succeed next time.
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Looks like the thief tried the BIC pen trick and almost got away with your bike.

Haven't heard of it? You can view videos of numerous people trying to unlock Kryptonite u-locks using the body of a BOC stick pen sucessfully.

Kryptonite issued a recall and replaced thousands of u-lock that use the tubular key that were prone to this form of locking picking.

I missed out on the recall, BUT Kryptonite will still replace the lock for a $20 Fee. Just pay the shipping to send the lock (and key/s if you have them, along with a $20 payment or credit card information, and Kryptonite will send you a new lock or equivalent or better quality. In your case you might get a new Evolution Series 4 u-lock (that's a $80 u-lock).

If your bike is locked outside, you need to do something before that thief comes back to finish the job. Don;t take your eyes off the bike or it's going to be gone. You can try the BIC pen trick yourself, whether you get the lock to rotate to the fully locked or the open position does not make any difference. Get the position back to unlocked and you can use the key, and if you can get it to rotate to fully unlocked you can remove it.

If you can't get the BIC trick to work, then run out and buy a new lock to double lock the bike if you don't have the tools to cut the lock off to free your bike. If you buy the new lock from REI, you can always return it after you get the replacement lock from Kryptonite (you can send the pieces in for replacement, Kryptonite u-locks come with a lifetime warranty, so package the broken/picked/cut u-lock with a $20 payment, and you may get pleasantly surprised).
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