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The lock I am reviewing is by Kryptonite, whom is known for making the best locks for bikes due to its Bent Foot design which protects against leverage attacks. Although Kryptonite does a large range of different locks and cables, me and my boyfriend wanted something strong for our bikes when we go out on bike rides. This lock also comes with a cable which was perfect as it meant that we didn't have to buy the cable separately form the lock which would save us money. The lock is made of 13mm hardened Max Performance steel which is difficult to cut through. It rates 9 on Kryptonite's Security rating making it one of the most reliable locks even in a high theft area. Along with the lock itself, comes a 4 foot flex cable. The cable has a Velcro strap and is made from braided steel which also makes it hard to cut through. The lock and cable is vinyl coated and is also weatherproof. The lock has an offset key location and is in the style of a pick safe, disc style cylinder. It also has a patented deadbolt locking mechanism for extensive holding power. The lock has a rotating dustcover which goes over the key hole to protect it from dirt and grime. You get three keys with the lock one of which has a small light to help you see in the dark when unlocking your bike. As well as the lock having all these features you also get a lifetime key registration and key replacement.
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We purchased this from Evans Cycles for £44.99 which does seem rather pricey; how-ever we didn't mind spending this money to keep our bikes safe.
Using the Lock
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The first thing you will probably notice about the lock is the weight of it. This is rather heavy compared to some other locks; how-ever this gives me a good impression that it is strong. I personally don't find this too heavy when carrying in a backpack to and from the gym. The main lock is mainly black but has bright orange on it as well which has 'Kryptonite Evolution' on it in black. This is the main barrel in which you put the key in to unlock it. The black bit on the barrel actually turns which when lined up reveals the keyhole. The lock feels very strong and looks as though it's made very well. The U part of the lock is black and is quite long so you could also use this without the cable to lock your bike to a post or something else. The cable which comes with the lock looks like a good thickness and this is covered in clear vinyl which protects it from damage and the weather. This has a Velcro strap on it so it can be bent and secured together neatly using the Velcro strap.
The loops on the bottom of the cable are a reasonable sized and easily loops around the U part of the lock to ensure you can lock your bike up securely. The key that comes with the light is slightly larger than the others with no light. The light is a good idea and can be activated by holding the round circle down on the black part of the key. Although this key is the one my boyfriend has, we haven't use it yet. I have one of the smaller keys which I keep with my front door key. I cycle to and from the gym 4-5 times a week and they have a bike park there. I leant my bike against the metal stand and unlocked the lock to take the cable out. I then threaded the cable through the bike frame round the metal stand and through the front wheel. I then put the base of the lock with the barrel back on the U part of the lock and locked it. I then pushed the black part of the barrel slightly to ensure that the key-hole was hidden. This lock is really simple and easy to use. When you put the barrel on the U lock ready to lock it after threading the cable loops though it does only go on one way, how-ever this is obvious when looking at the lock.
We have had this lock at least a year now and we have used it lots of times. The cable is long enough to fit two bikes to a post in a secure way so that they don't get stolen. I haven't yet come across any problems with the lock such as the keys failing or the lock not working properly. The weight of the lock may put some people off but I personally don't think it's that heavy when carried in a backpack anyway. When you are not using the lock the Velcro strap comes in handy to tidy the cable away neat with the lock itself. I believe you can purchase longer cables that go with this lock; how-ever I think the cable itself is much thinner than this one. As far as I know, no-one has attempted to pinch my bike when down the gym or pink mine and my boyfriend's bike when we lock them together, although admittedly we use 2 different locks when we lock them together which includes a chain lock. The lock obviously shows a little wear and the paint has chipped a little from regular use of this product.
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We purchased this lock because it looked like one of the stronger and better locks available when purchasing our bikes and we didn't mind spending the money on a decent lock that was going to be strong and work well to protect our bikes from being stolen. The lock itself is very strong and really easy to use and only takes a few minutes to secure your bike to something using the lock and the cable. The cable is also very strong as well and I think you would need something very strong in order to be able to cut through it. Due to the clear vinyl coating on the cable this means that it's protected from weather and won't tarnish and the quality of the cable won't fade or weaken. I personally don't find the weight of the lock a problem at all, not even when going on long bike rides with my boyfriend during the weekends. This is definitely one of the best bike locks I have ever come across and although some people may be a little shocked by the price, if you have an expensive or new bike then it's well worth spending the money on a decent lock to avoid it being stolen. Even after having this lock for over a year it still works well without any problems and it shows very little sign of wear. If I was to recommend a bike lock I would definitely recommend this one or another from the Kryptonite range.
(review also on ciao)