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Fake Lock?? OnGuard Bulldog Mini

Old 01-18-08, 11:47 AM
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Fake Lock?? OnGuard Bulldog Mini

Does anyone own an OnGuard Bulldog Mini? I ordered one online and just got it in the mail. It seems awfully cheap. The two yellow caps on the ends are slightly misshapen and slide off easily. And what's more, it doesn't say OnGuard - or a single word for that matter - anywhere on the lock. The packaging is totally legit, but the lock itself seems curious. Is this normal? Thanks.
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Old 01-18-08, 11:48 AM
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hmm, the yellow caps on the bulldog minis indeed slide off easily, but they typically have some printing on the cylinder that says, as you might imagine, "onguard bulldog mini."
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Old 01-18-08, 11:55 AM
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i have one but it's falling apart rather fast. good locks but wont last super super long.
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Does it say anything on the actual lock? That's what's really throwing me off.
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I went to double-check mine. no branding...

Is it "cheap" beyond the caps sliding off?

did it come in an OnGuard box?

and most importantly, does it lock?
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The ones I saw at REI the other day don't have any printing on them, so I think it must just be the new batch. As for this lock being fake or flimsy, it's feels as solid to me as the comparable Kryptonite U-locks I've seen. I've been using mine in all kinds of weather for two years without incident, although I occasionally spray some Teflon lube inside the chamber.
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Old 01-18-08, 01:27 PM
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i know people with the onguard mini... not having personal experience i'm unsure of their true worth but i do know i've held one and it seemed pretty legit... the lock is the same style as the new york mini, where it locks on both sides of the crossbar... this also makes it slightly better (than say, the kryptonite evo mini) for managing tight lockjobs on streetsigns, etc. so i dunno
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Old 01-18-08, 01:31 PM
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I use mine every day... I lock up about 5 or 6 different times daily. It works great. I've had absolutely no problem with it.
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Old 01-18-08, 02:17 PM
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This is the first time I noticed this, but the one I got from REI is completely logo-less. Guess it's normal.
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^^^ what they said.

I have several different locks and have used a wide variety over time, and I'm completely satisfied with the OnGuard BD mini. I know some people say they're flimsy or poor quality, but I've been using mine fairly heavily for a year or so in crappy Portland weather and haven't had any problems. The engagement of the U into the barrel isn't quite as buttery-smooth as some other locks I've used, but it gets the job done and feels solid. As bonechilling said, a bit of lube in the chamber is all it needs. It's the main lock I use these days.
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Old 01-18-08, 02:26 PM
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mines great too. no printing either, but who gives a ****. the yellow things slide off but of course only when the lock is open which is no more than 10 seconds ever so that's not a problem.
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Try assaulting a motorist with it, to see if it's legit
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Originally Posted by youth View Post
i know people
YES!!


To the OP. This lock has worked fine for me for quite some time. I just put some electrical tape on the yellow end caps to hold them in place. I can't speak for it's u-lock justice qualities, but for all other locking purposes it has served me just fine.
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Disregard this post, I can't read.
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Old 01-18-08, 04:15 PM
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the bulldog mini is the bottom line mini the pitbull is the one to get that thing is solid I have had one for three or so years now and it rocks I have a bulldog as a back up for extra protection
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Old 01-18-08, 04:18 PM
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that's the way they come. I've had no problems.
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Mine works great, and has for 2 years. I've dropped it 3 stories from a parking garage too.
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Originally Posted by Retem View Post
the pitbull is the one to get
+1, They great once you smash off that nasty plastic. They are pretty cheap looking, This is something i have noticed with all bike locks, Although kriptonite hides it better with that rubbery plastic, but really all you are getting is U shape of Hot forged steel and a piece of pipe.


For six months i used on of these

And some beefy chain inside an old inner tube. Until someone lifted it from my garage for no apparent reason
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I've got the Ultimate Mini. Tough as hell, nice lock for $30. My only complaint is about the clip-in bracket it comes with that attaches to the frame is useless unless you don't mind the lock rattling around loudly while you ride.
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Old 01-18-08, 06:44 PM
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i had a pitbull mini for about 2 months before it seized up on me in the rain; was a piece of **** to me. in an average work day, i lock up 20-30 times but the lock didn't see much strain.
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I've got one of these, which doesn't have the crappy yellow plastic stuff: https://shop.sunrisecyclery.com/item/11356/

Cheap as hell (price, that is) and still has the nice rubber coating and all that. No problems yet.
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Originally Posted by youth View Post
i know people with the onguard mini... not having personal experience i'm unsure of their true worth but i do know i've held one and it seemed pretty legit... the lock is the same style as the new york mini, where it locks on both sides of the crossbar... this also makes it slightly better (than say, the kryptonite evo mini) for managing tight lockjobs on streetsigns, etc. so i dunno
actually the evo mini is a lot better for "Tight lockjobs". the onguard is a better lock, better manufacturing, much smoother, etc, etc.
i lock up over 100 times a day. my first onguard fell apart, the second one i got (with the "cheap" yellow stuff) has held up remarkably through snow and whatnot.

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Originally Posted by PANDA! View Post
actually the evo mini is a lot better for "Tight lockjobs". the onguard is a better lock, better manufacturing, much smoother, etc, etc.
i lock up over 100 times a day. my first onguard fell apart, the second one i got (with the "cheap" yellow stuff) has held up remarkably through snow and whatnot.
Huh? Kryptonite locks are much better quality than Onguard. I've had THREE Onguard locks freeze up on me, yet no Kryptonite locks have done so.
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Old 01-19-08, 08:03 AM
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Originally Posted by PANDA! View Post
i lock up over 100 times a day.
hahahaha
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Had mine for over a year... its good. but i just pulled off the vellow caps anyway, and that clip thing too.
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