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Both my children enjoy cycling to and from school and the school have cycle/scooter bars to leave them there. Obviously it is advisable to lock the bikes to the bars to avoid any unnecessary exposure to thieves. Having two bikes that needed locking, sometimes at separate places, I was pleased when I saw the pack of 3 master locks in Homebase for the reasonable price of £11.99.
They come in three colours, blue, red and green which is also great as it means the kids don't fight over them as each is allocated their own colour. The locks are provided with only two keys though which is a bit ridiculous as you should get three in my opinion. The same key opens all the locks but if I needed to use them independently by different adults it would be useless. It's OK for us as it is the children who use them so I have the master key with me all the time.
Each lock is 1.8m when extended which is more than adequate for my kid's bikes and the lock itself is strong and easy to click the two ends together. I think the length is great though because if you needed to use it for ladders or garden furniture there is enough length for a good manoeuvrability on the product. They are also coated in a strong plastic material so the chain doesn't scrape on anything and the lock is protected from the elements.
When not in use they curl back up into smallish circular shaped coils and this means they are very easy to store and really helps to carry them as well until you get to your destination. If I am on my bike as well, I slot them over the handlebars and then slot them off when I need to lock up the bikes.
These are a great buy and very worthwhile to protect your valuables when leaving them in the public eye.