Product Type: Knog Bike Accessories
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Knog Kransky Cable Lock
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Knog Kransky Cable Lock
Advantages: Available in attractive colours, keys are nice
Disadvantages: Difficult to carry on your bike, no Sold Secure rating
I bought the Knog Kransky in purple to replace my previous cable lock, which was lent out and never seen again. I use cable locks as a backup to my D-lock, so while I am security conscious it doesn't have to be the best of the best, as it's mainly protecting my front wheel, not the frame.
The Kransky is the strongest of the three locks of this series Knog produces (the other two being the Party Frank and the Kabana), and is available in purple, red, black and white. It comes with three keys, all of which match the colour of the lock itself. I chose purple, so my keys have purple key caps embossed with the Knog logo. They're cute and stand out on my key ring. They come attached to a 'wrist coil', which is like a bracelet for wearing your key on. Not something I want to do, but the keys are easily removed.
The specs are as follows:
Cable Diameter: 22mm, steel cable diameter 12mm
Material: Silicone overmoulded braided steel cable with fibre core
It doesn't have a Sold Secure rating, so I'm not sure how it measures up when compared to other cable locks. If you have your bike insured one of the conditions may be to lock it with a lock of a certain Sold Secure rating, my D lock is Gold rated so it doesn't matter what cable lock I use, but this is worth thinking about if you have cycle insurance. The lock looks thicker than most that I see in the streets, so I hope that it is a good thief deterrent at the very least.
So I like the colour, I like the brand, it looks thick enough to offer some security, but I just have one problem with this lock: how to store it. It's just so big and flops around when I'm trying to lock my bike! The Knog compares it to a sausage on their website, and they've got a point. A big silicone sausage is not what you want to be handling in public, if you get my drift. It looks... suspect. Whereas my previous cable lock was coiled and could easily be attached to my rear rack, this thing is huge and unwieldy. There is an attachment available to buy separately, but there's nowhere to attach it to on my frame, so I keep it in my basket. This isn't ideal because it gets dirty then transfers the dirt to whatever else I'm carrying in my basket. So while it comes in a pretty colour, I wish I had bought something less pretty that I could attach to my rear rack.
Summary: Looks good while in use, but you've got a storage problem while riding your bike
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