“ Description: Brand: Kryptonite / Type: Bicycle lock / Sports Genre: Cycling „
I recently gave up driving my car to work as fuel prices have gone through the roof. Since then I've invested a bit of money in my bike and part of that is on a decent lock! Luckily my hospital has "secure" parking facilities and so my bike is not in too much danger but you can never be sure. With this in mind I went down to Halfords and grabbed a Kryptonite U lock and a 4 foot Double loop cable. The cable came to about £12, fairly expensive I felt but I was assured I'd never have to buy one again!
The cable itself is about 1/2" thick and is made of braided steel filaments, and covered with thick clear plastic. At each end of the cable is a loop for attaching the cable to your lock or even itself if you loop it through. Of course the cable is branded with the symbolic orange Kryptonite logo. The cable bends quite easily and takes very little effort to tie around the bike or lamp-post.
As far as security protection goes I'm not sure on the cable. I spent some summers while in college working for an electrical contractor and I'm sure I've cut through worse stuff with only a hacksaw and some effort, never mind a grinder or bolt cutters. That being said, I use it in conjunction with a thick U-Lock which requires another set of tools to remove from my bike so there shouldn't be much of a problem. I would doubt someone would bring that many tools to try and steal my £300 bike! Or at least I hope so...
Typically I use the cable by weaving it through the various parts of my bike and back to the U-Lock, in the hope that I don't lose my front wheel! After use I simply roll it up and tie it together with the supplied velcro strip and pop it in my bag. I've had this cable for about 5 months now and it still looks good as new. I'd say another year of use and it'll still seem perfect.
At the end of the day it depends on how much you value your bike. If you don't care that much about it then I wouldn't bother with this cable and just stick with one lock. If you do like your bike unharmed however then hop down to Halfords and pick one up.
golferinfr's Full Review: Kryptonite 4' Flex Double Loop Cable Bike Lock
Four days ago, my friend who is also in turf/landscaping maintenance called me up with distressing news. He was robbed in the middle of the night and they loaded up his trailer with tons of stuff, all they left behind was the stuff that didn't work. He was in North Carolina winterizing his home down there and came back with empty sheds. His daughter left at 6pm, she is his secretary
Quick thinking and planning this right I went to Lowes I was looking everywhere for what I wanted, sales person said to get linked chain. I know a sharp bolt cutter would go through that like a heated knife through butter. Then he directed me to the locks section of the isle and that's where I seen these. The Kryptonite Flex Cable Loop is a strained cable about a inch thick in circumference and has a thick plastic coating over the cable.
They come in 3 sizes, 4 feet, 10 feet, and 30 feet. I bought me 4 four footer and 3 thirty footers. I also had to buy ten Master Locks. Like I got money that grows on trees. So I made a decision to keep a trailer on my truck at all times and the other trailer take one wheel off and put it on blocks and what I did was use one of the 4' footers and lock the trailer to my peach tree. Using another four footer cable lock through the handles of my chainsaws and my Stihl trimming hedgers and when I finished aligning all my cable I locked them up. The loop that you put the locks through is 3 inches in diameter and easy to stretch a little in case you have a real tight fit. The strained loop is forged in a circle and each loop has a thick plastic protector on it to detour a thief hopefully.
I know nothing a full proof these days. I even put extra lock hasps on my door to slow a thief down. See lawncare equipment is really easy to heist. I heard from a another friend that his buddy went into Walmarts and was parked in the fire lane out front just to pick up a prescription and a truck pulled up next to his and the guys lifted the trailer off his truck and put it on theirs and drove off. The police just write out reports, but they tell you with West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania being just miles apart your equipment can be anywhere. Well I don't want that happening to me.
These Kryptonite Flex Cables are very easy to around your equipment, I can imagine how easy it would be to put around your bike or anything you want to lock up. As explained to me by OpenRoad as I was asking for these links. He gave me his point of view letting me know that this would slow them down and if they are smart and have a 4 inch battery operated grinder they will get in eventually. All I need is one bark from Brutus and my motion lights to come on and put two shells of buckshot in my 12 gauge and we'll see who's the quickest.
Overall assessment. This four foot flex cable is easy to work with. The lock loops are easy to put your locks in. The steel strained cable looks very durable. It is well put together and hopefully will serve it's purpose. The plastic coating also helps as a protection so the steel cable doesn't rust. Price 6.99 U.K.
Thanks for reading !!!
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