Product Type: Oxford Bike Accessories
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A back up bike lock
Oxford Bumper Cable Lock
Member Name: carlz2001uk
Oxford Bumper Cable Lock
Advantages: Cheap, acts as a deterrent, lightweight
Disadvantages: Not robust or secure enough on its own.
Me and my husband have, over the last few months, massively got into cycling. So much so, we sold one of our cars, bought a bike each and a newer car and vowed to take it in turns to cycle to work while the other drive in luxury! It's had it's ups and downs (literally!), and the snow has put us in a bit of a pickle, but so far it's been beneficial to our health and our pockets.
When we first bought the bikes in September time, I must admit that we did go a bit mental with buying stuff. The bike shop literally had a field day, but when my husband chose a bike lock that was £70, I literally nearly passed out, had a strop and vowed I would buy the cheapest one I could find out of principle! Not the brightest idea when you've spent nearly £500 on a road bike but never the less, I refused to back down! Looking on Amazon, I was pretty pleased with this one although I must admit, this was led more by the price than anything. At £2.90 I wondered how they could even make it that cheap let alone sell it, and when it arrived I was still fairly happy. It didn't seem particularly heavy or very thick but as my workplace is secure I wasn't worried too much about this. I work at the local hospital but my office isn't in the main building and I am quite lucky that I can bring my bike inside, I did however want a lock that was more for 'just in case'.
The plastic coating around the cable is pretty standard, but is absolutely essential if you don't want to take off half your paintwork on the frame of your bike! I mentioned that the lock seems light, I didn't mean this in a negative way (the lock is actually sold as lightweight). I'm sure most cyclists try and ensure their bag is as light as possible to ensure the ride is as comfortable as it can be and so the need for a lightweight lock for me starting out was particularly important. I do wonder though with lightweight locks, how secure they would be against a hefty set of bolt cutters!! I can't comment on this lock as surprisingly I've never tried it, but I would be nervous about leaving an expensive bike secured in a public place with this lock. In comparison, my husbands super duper all spangly expensive lock would take a bomb to get through it (but it weighs a tonne! Hehehehe!).
The length is much the same as the majority of bike locks at around 60cm.
The lock is supplied with two keys which is a godsend as I can be quite forgetful!
I would say this bike lock is, as the title would suggest, a handy back up bike lock. Acting more as a deterrent rather than a fail safe method of securing your bike. If someone wanted to nick your bike and you used this lock, I think you'd end up without a bike! It's simply not robust enough to withstand any force. I am currently looking for another more secure lock (and expensive, Grrr!) and will be letting my girls use this lock for their much much cheaper bikes!!
Summary: 3 stars