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U-Locks with good mounting brackets

Old 04-02-13, 11:59 AM
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U-Locks with good mounting brackets

By word of mouth and reading miscellaneous reviews, it has come to my attention that many of the plastic brackets used to mount U-Locks to the frames of bikes are complete garbage. Sometimes the U-Lock falls off while riding due to a crack in the plastic bracket. I witnessed someone walk into a bike shop and try to remove his U-Lock from his bracket. It took him ten seconds or so, as the lock was "stuck" in the bracket.

What is the best quality bracket/U-Lock combo. I'm not looking for alternatives to mounting brackets. Thanks.
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Old 04-02-13, 12:13 PM
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Someone has to say it, so I'll do it. You really don't want to choose a lock based on the mounting bracket - you want to do it based on lock quality.
"Abus Bordo" locks are supposed to have good mounting brackets. One guy in my office has an Abus, and likes it - but it isn't a uLock.

So I haven't answered your question, nor heeded your specific comment about alternatives to mounting brackets. Isn't a good day at work, which might explain it

I'll try out my Kryptonite Evolution Mini 7's mounting bracket today when I get home, and let you know - so far I've just being carrying the lock in the rack-top bag.
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Abus has a great mounting integration with the Tubus Locc rear rack..


they worked together to sort it out in Germany..

in the US there are through separate importing-distributors..

the lock clips inside the left side of the rack, so Panniers can stay on if you wish.



OTOH 2 fish makes rubber block padded and velcro buckle straps that will hold your lock in your frame main triangle
they also use their stuff to have it sort- of aero-bar like, strapped on handlebars and stem.

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Old 04-02-13, 05:33 PM
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Originally Posted by treadtread View Post
Someone has to say it, so I'll do it. You really don't want to choose a lock based on the mounting bracket - you want to do it based on lock quality.
And I'll +1 that.

Originally Posted by treadtread View Post
"Abus Bordo" locks are supposed to have good mounting brackets.
Tried one of these but returned it. I also have an Abus armored cable(Steel-O-Flex,stupid name,awesome lock);the Bordo was a little shorter than the cable and wasn't as flexible,so returned it. Actually tried it because I wanted the water bottle mount instead of looping the cable around my body,but all that weight on the downtube was actually noticeable when out of the saddle or making sharp turns. The holder was thick rubber,no idea how long it would have lasted.

I've seen several U lock mounts that failed or were ready to at my bike clinic. The TwoFish mounts are the only half decent ones I've ever seen. And with any mount it can be a pain mounting them somewhere where they don't interfere with cables and your legs. I always just carry my full size U's in my bag and mini's in a pocket.
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Old 04-02-13, 05:46 PM
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Abus U-lock brackets are the most well thought out and their U-locks are solid. Kryptonite locks are solid but their mounts can be frustrating. Most of the mounts on the other cheaper brands aren't worth putting on the bike.
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This is the mounting bracket I use:



Seriously, it's very quick and not uncomfortable.
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