Product Type: Tesco Bike Accessories
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Lock it Up, But Don't Through Away the Key!
Tesco Bike Lock
Member Name: Qroo
Tesco Bike Lock
Advantages: Good Solid Lock, Good Deterrant
Disadvantages: Probably could be cut through by a determined thief.
I bought this bike lock a couple of years ago as I needed a lock to keep my bike safe when I went swimming as I decided to ride to and from swimming to save time. I saw this lock as both part of a kit and by itself and as I didn't need the rest of the stuff in the kit I just bought the lock by itself for about £4.
The one I have is slightly different to the one pictured as it has a lock and key rather than the combination lock. The lock and cable is black in colour with the locking mechanism being covered in a hard plastic and the metal cable being covered by a hard plastic sheeth. At the top of the cable by the lock there is a clip that can be used to attach the lock to your bike frame so you have somewhere to store it whilst riding. I never use this though as I find it easier to put it in my bag. The lock comes with 2 keys that are 5cm long. The lock fits into the side of the mechanism and the part that slots into the lock is 3cm long and 1cm in diameter. The cable is 1.5m long, which makes it easy to wrap around your bike and objects to keep your bike safe. When you aren't using the cable, it coils itself up automatically into a coil that is 6cm x 10cm.
Since having this lock, it has never been tampered with or broken which has been great luck on my part. I have found that despite being a cheap lock, it provides a solid deterrent against thieves and gives you some piece of mind. I have found that it is easy to store and easy to use and has only required a small application of oil each winter to keep it working smoothly.
When this one breaks, I will definitely look at a similar lock again as for the money it has been a great purchase. I only every use this lock on my cheaper bike as that is less likely to be stolen. I would never use it on my more expensive road/racing bike as that is more likely to be stolen and so I would buy a more expensive lock (I.e Kryptonite lock) for a better protection.
If you are looking for a reasonably cheap lock that provides a basic level of security for your bike then this is a good buy. I don't think they make this actual lock anymore, but I know they do make a combination lock for about £6 which I assume should be of similar price and quality.
I am going to rate this only 3/5 as despite being a good lock for its price, it is no substitute to a more expensive and theft-proof lock.
I am quite sure that I would be able to cut through this with a hacksaw in about 5-10 mins, whereas with a better lock I wouldn't. If you do have a bike that you don't want stolen then I would highly recommend that you pay a bit extra a buy a brand that is recognised by insurers. Generally, any lock that is recommended and covered by insurers will have the words "Sold Secure" and then Bronze, Silver or Gold standard rating. The value of your bike will depend on which standard you go for. Generally it is best to check this with your insurer if your bike is insured. Hope this helps, if you want any more advice then please post a comment.
Thanks for reading.
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Summary: A good lock, but if your bike is insured/valuable then look into "Sold Secure" range of locks.
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