“ Heavy duty extra flexible steel cable with resettable combination lock. No keys to lose or forget. „
I bought this bike lock from halfords, it was £24.99 and as it has a code instead of needing keys it would be quicker to unlock and get home.
I regretted my decision to buy it as when I collected my bike one evening I saw that a neighbours bike with the same lock had been cut but not stolen as maybe they got spooked or something. However this was enough to make me take my lock back and swop it for another one.
It is really handy to carry in your rucksack as it isnt too heavy. The coiled cable is also very good as it stretches and so you can secure both the front and back wheels, the frame and your helmet to something solid like a bike rack.
The combination is easy to set to your own number if you want and the lock clips into a neat hole and hopefully stays there.
The cable is covered by plastic but this is quite thin and moves easily to let the cable uncurl.
It springs back into place after being removed and is nice and tidy in your bag.
Really its a deterrent against thieves but it wont actually stop your bike being stolen if they want it.
Luckily I have an old bike that isnt really worth anything so fingers crossed my new lock should keep them at bay.
If you have any doubts about this lock then get a solid one to keep your mind at rest.
After a helmet and lights there was only one other thing I needed to buy for my bike and that was a lock of some kind. Just like the bikes the choice was staggering and I had trouble deciding on which one to actually go for and I finally decided on Magnum plus cable lock as the man in Halfords informed me it was one of their best sellers and in his opinion one of the best locks they stocked.
It is made from a heavy cable and what you do is thread the cable through the bike and wheels and then attach it to something stationary like a railing. The ends of the cables slot together to form a really strong lock and the best thing about this lock compared to the others I saw is that instead of using a key the cable is unlocked with a code of your own choosing.
This really appealed to me as I am forever misplacing keys and I have enough on my keyring as it is without adding any more.
The cable itself is made from heavy duty steel and is covered with rubber. It is heavy and it feels secure when locked and not as if it will just come apart with a good tug like some others I've seen.
The rubber covering the steel is good for making sure my bike doesn't get damaged from the cable as I have to wrap it below the bike seat for storage and it does bang against the bike when I am cycling quite a bit so without the rubber my bike would have no paint left where I wrap it.
It is 185cm in length which is quite long so there is always enough slack with it for me to be able to make sure I can reach whatever I am attaching it to.
I paid £32.99 for it which is quite expensive and more than I originally wanted to pay but it is excellent quality and after paying for my bike I feel more secure using a good quality lock as I can leave my bike unattended and know that the only way any thieves are going to be able to steal it is with metal cutters and as I usually leave it in public places I'm pretty confident this isn't going to happen.
If you are looking for a good quality bike lock then you could do a lot worse than this one and I personally think it's great and recommend it highly.
I bought this lock for £25 from Halford, as it looked quite robust and easy to carry. Well my opinion is that I wasted my money. They really should ban cable locks like this because they do not pose a problem to a potential thief.
I locked my mountain bike up to a lamp post and popped into a few shops. When I came back, the lock was cut, but thankfully someone had seen what was happening and had scared the guy off and was standing by my bike... thank goodness there are some nice people in the world. So, they hadn't tried to crack the combination (that would be silly and take too long). What the lady described was some sort of hand tool, quite big though. So I am guessing that it was a heavy duty cutter. Straight through the cable.
The only advantage the lock has is no keys and that you can get it around the frame, one wheel and post quite easily. It may be a slight visual deterrent, but for £25 there are better locks available. For example the Magnum or Kryptonite U-Locks are pretty good and come with insurance too.
My theory is, get a lock that is one the approved list of your insurer so you are covered. Then, don't leave your bike out of sight or at least leave it where there is security CCTV in use. I now use a Kryptonite lock with a couple of cables around my wheels, but this is only when I stop for a drink and I can always see my bike, or the general area in which it is left. If someone wants it though, they will come prepared and get it.
My last bike related review, and another purchase from Halford's.
The Magnum Plus bike lock and cable is exactly what it says it is.
The cable itself is 'heavy duty extra flexible steel cable', which it actually is, flexible that is. Many bike cables are so thick that you have to be an Olympic weightlifter to wrap it around your bike. This isn't, it folds up neatly into a little coil and fits well into any pocket of a backpack. It is encased in a thick, clear plastic sheaf and is 185 cm long.....that is not far off two metres. Again, this is much better than some cables that barely stretch around your bike. With this I can get it through the back wheel, gears and frame, which all makes it harder to get off for a potential thief.
Quite a neat design is this little lock. It is a four figure 'combi' lock which most people will be familiar with. What is different about this lock to others that I have seen is the way it can be reset. You simply unlock and on one end (once unlocked) is a small ring that you put from a 'down' position to an 'up' position; the lock is now neutral and can be reset. No keys, no fiddly bits, dead easy. I like things to be easy.
Not the cheapest at £24.99, but cheaper than a new bike. Many folk buy a heavy duty cable and a padlock, which generally works out about the same price anyway.
Small, neat and tidy, with a decent length cable. Okay, if someone has a big set of wire cutters and wants your bike, this aint gonna stop them. Most bike thieves with that kind of equipment are after expensive bikes, mine isn't. This lock will deter most opportunistic thieves, and at under £25, that'll do for me.