Abus U-Mini 401 Lock Review

by Jamie on November 18, 2013

Abus U-Mini

Abus, alongside Kryptonite have long been the leaders in the field of bicycle security and Abus have continued to assert their authority with the release of the great looking Abus U-Mini.

Available in red and yellow, this is aimed directly at competing with the Kryptonite Evolution Mini which has been popular with hipster bike couriers (and myself) for a number of years now.

A superior locking mechanism

The Abus U-Mini boasts a double-bolted lock mechanism which means two cuts would be required to remove the lock. The Kryptonite Evolution Mini only has one bolt so the Abus U-Mini wins here.
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OnGuard Pitbull STD Lock Review

by Jamie on November 13, 2013

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The OnGuard Pitbull STD U-lock offers great protection at exceptional value.

The Pitbull boasts a respectable 14mm hardened steel shackle, and OnGuard have rated this lock 80/100 on their own security scale. This makes it ideal for high risk areas, such as inner-city and campuses.

Gizmodo took their tools to this lock to see how well it stood up to the common attacks bike locks face in an attempted theft. This is what they had to say:

It’s invincible against hand tools. But it didn’t last two minutes against the angle grinder.

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Bike thefts in London down 10%

November 11, 2013
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After all the grim figures about the number of bicycles being stolen in the UK, it’s welcome news that bike theft is down 10% in the capital over the past 12 months. In real numbers, this is over 2,000 offences that have been prevented. This sizeable drop in thefts has been attributed to Project Cycle […]

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Knog Strongman Lock Review

November 7, 2013
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Knog is the Australian bike accessory brand that have made a name for themselves by creating great looking products. Their bike locks however have rarely performed well in tests, as shown in the review of the Knog Party Frank bike lock. Now however, it seems Knog have delivered a lock which not only looks great, […]

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LOCK8 review – the ‘smart’ bike lock

November 5, 2013
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A ‘smart’ bike lock with several in-built sensors has appeared on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter. The lock claims it will be keyless, alarmed and offer GPS tracking, and even charges as you cycle using induction charging! On top of this already full list of features, LOCK8 will have a thermometer to sense a heat attack […]

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How To Protect Your Bike Against Theft and Damage

June 29, 2013

People usually leave their bikes out in the open, especially on the yard or they just park it anywhere near their house. Usually, this is the common practice before, but bikes nowadays are becoming more and more expensive. So, this makes them more valuable and securing them is a must. There are several ways of […]

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Keep your bike inside!

July 4, 2012
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Keeping your bike indoors helps keep it out of view from predatory eyes. Leaving a bicycle locked up in any one place for an extended period of time is never recommended, especially overnight (even if it is right outside your door). The problem with this is bikes are a pain to store inside, especially if […]

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How easy is it to steal a bike in public?

June 29, 2012
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In the guide How to Lock A Bike, I included a video created by the film-making Neistat brothers where they locked their own bikes in public places around New York, and attempted to ‘steal them’ using common tools such as bolt croppers in broad daylight. This is the original: The video dispels a common myth […]

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SE1 is South London’s bike crime hotspot

October 31, 2011
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The South London Press got hold of some figures under the Freedom of Information Act which show the number of bicycle thefts by postcode. SE1, which includes the areas of Borough, Bankside, Waterloo and Elephant & Castle took the top spot which shows more than 2 bikes a day are being taken. Rotherhithe (worryingly, where […]

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Met Cycle Task Force: 1 year on

July 22, 2011
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As London’s Met Cycle Task Force prepare to celebrate their first year anniversary, they’ve issued a press release to highlight what has been achieved so far. The unit consists of 30 officers, funded by Transport for London (TfL) and tasked with reducing bicycle crime (theft and damage) across the capital. So how did they get […]

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