Product Type: Oxford Bike Accessories
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Lock it or lose it
Oxford Trip Wire Security Cable & Lock
Member Name: SJ2011
Oxford Trip Wire Security Cable & Lock
Advantages: Lighter than a chain.. Length allows you to lock your bike to lamposts etc
Disadvantages: Cable isn't too hard to cut through with the right tools
I bought this a couple of months ago with the intention of using it for additional security on my
motorbike overnight and also to use with my pushbike if we stop off for lunch or nip to the shops.
The ;lock comprises a mini U lock which can also be used as a disc lock on motorbikes and a 1.6m
braided hi tensile steel cable which allows you to lock the bike to a lamp post or other solid object.
The cable has a loop on the end which can either be locked through the mini U lock or it can be
looped back on the cable lassoo style to give you enough reach to get your bike attached to nearly anything while the mini U lock attaches to your frame or disc. The lock comes with 2 security keys
and a hardened steel locking mechanism with a dust cover to stop dust and muck getting in to the
lock and seizing it.
When using this on the pushbike I found this was perfect for locking the bike to something solid
and ideal for locking both wheels which is essential if you have quick release wheels and want to
still have 2 of them when you get back. The downside of using this on the pushbike is it's awkward
to carry although it's lighter than a chain and reasonably flexible it isn't flexible enough to wind it
round the frame. Basically you're left with the choice of carrying it around you or having to carry it
in a rucksack or messenger bag none of which are ideal if you do come off the bike as there's a
chance you're going to injure yourself landing on the lock.
On the motorbike this fitted easily in the small under seat compartment of my bike and although I
wouldn't have trusted it as my sole security overnight I found it handy for stopping off in town
for a couple of hours . The mini U lock should fit most discs as a disc lock but not all it works fine
on one of my bikes but I can only just fit it on the rear disc on the other so it's worth checking it
will fit before you buy it if you intend using it on a motorbike.
As I keep my pushbike in the house I used this on my motorbike at nights for added security along
with a couple of heavy chains. Last month after leaving my bike overnight and this wrapped around
the outside of the cover over the bike with the chains underneath I came out to find the Oxford cable
had been cut through. Thankfully the would be thieves must have given up when they removed the
cover from the bike and found the other chains either that or they were disturbed before they got
The actual U lock was untouched and still works so I'm still using it as a disc lock but the cable is no
longer attached to it and doesn't seem to have been too much trouble to cut through. Please
beware of this if you intend using this as your sole security for chaining a bike up overnight or
leaving a pushbike in a public place or in a stairwell for any length of time if they can cut the cable
they can still remove the bike with the mini U lock attached and cut that off later.
Oxford say this has been tested to withstand a 5 minute attack but I'm pretty sure that applies to
the lock itself and not the cable as it didn't take us too long to remove the rest of the cable from
the U lock and I'm not exactly practiced in the art of bike theft. On the plus side the actual U lock
does seem pretty sturdy and the locking mechanism works well without sticking or jamming when
you open and lock it.
I paid £36 for this and although I would recommend it for added security or for keeping your pride
and joy safe while you nip to the shops but while it's good enough to deter opportunist thieves I
wouldn't recommend it as your only security if you're leaving your bike all day or overnight.
Summary: Good enough to deter opportunist thieves but wouldn't rely on it as sole security overnight
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