Bike Lock Reviews

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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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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Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Chain Review

May 12, 2011
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Kryptonite are one of the big names in bicycle locks, and the New York range is their toughest. Within this range are the Fahgettaboudit locks; the toughest of the tough. The Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit chain big, bold and heavy with a monstrous weight of 5.5kg and unsurprisingly is Sold Secure Gold rated. There is […]

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Knog Party Frank Cable Lock Review

May 9, 2011
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The Australian cycle accessory firm Knog have a range of colourful locks, each offering varying degrees of protection. The Knog Party Frank lock is the cheapest for very low risk areas. It offers a 5mm core steel cable and silicone over-mould designed to prevent scratching your precious bike frame. The weight is just 250g which […]

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Trelock BS510 D Lock Review

May 6, 2011
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Whilst perhaps not as recognisable as the likes of Kryptonite or Abus, Trelock have a number of mid-range locks which offer decent protection. The Trelock BS510 D lock has a Sold Secure Silver rating and can be bought for anything between £30 and £55 with a bit of hunting around. With a weight of 1.5kg, […]

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Pimp your Kryptonite Mini with a Skin!

January 7, 2011
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Kryptonite Mini‘s are a great secondary lock, and a favourite amongst the hipsters and bike messengers who take their appearance seriously whilst tearing around town, so it is quite fitting that Kryptonite now sell coloured skins to fit over Mini U lock. From Kryptonite’s press release: The Mini U-Lock Color Skins are for use on […]

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Abus Steel-O-Chain 810 Chain Lock Review

December 21, 2010
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Abus tout this chain lock as suitable for use in medium to high risk areas. Some serious thought has gone into this lock as the normally vulnerable lock barrel mechanism is armoured with 3mm plate to resist hammer and chisel attacks and the links constructed from hardened heavy duty 8mm steel. All this has resulted […]

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Abus Granit Extreme 59 U Lock Review

December 20, 2010
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The Abus Granit Extreme 59 D lock is touted by Abus as ‘probably the toughest D lock money can buy’ which is a big claim if you consider how well the Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Mini performs. This lock is extreme in every sense, with a weight of nearly 3kg and costing over £120.  It […]

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