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lock for short cafe stops

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by DLB, 1 Feb 2008.

  1. DLB

    DLB Senior Member

    I came across this lock on wiggle which looked pretty good for when i only want to lock the bike outside a shop/cafe for a couple of minutes. I'm thinking of those lovely long summer rides to come this year.

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ProductDeta...dID=5300006185&N=Abus CombiFlex 202 90cm Lock

    Any idea if it's any good. Or alternately suggest another of around the same price. One that would fit in a back pocket or saddle bag would be good.
     
  2. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    looks good to me, you know best what risk the lock has to deter
     
  3. alicat

    alicat Guru

    Location:
    Staffs
    Seems a bit expensive for the level of security the lock can offer and there is no info on how much the lock weighs. Abus also do sturdier locks for about a fiver but you only know how much the neatness of this lock matters to you.
     
  4. slow down

    slow down New Member

    Location:
    Walsall
    I just carry a cheap cable lock for shop stops (Wiggle do similar for 1/2 the price of the one you're looking at). Plenty long enough to go thorugh the frame, both wheels and a fixed pole. I do have confirmation from my insurers that this is sufficient in the event of a theft - may be worth checking as some insist on approved locks.
     
  5. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I have that one! :wacko: I really like it, "it's full of ABUSey goodness and very small and neat" :biggrin:

    Yeah, it really small, compact but surprisingly tough. I really don't think you could defeat this with bare hands. Any one who had a decent set of wire snips however would be straight through in less than a second. But for cafe stops where the risk is pretty low it's perfect. And it will easily fit into a small saddle bag.
     
  6. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    lets have a link for the ABUS one, need a half decent lock soon but not overly keen on laying out £30 plus, It's going to be left on the rack
     
  7. alicat

    alicat Guru

    Location:
    Staffs
    Tynan,

    I can't find a link to my £5 Abus lock. I bought it from a motorbike shop. It is sturdier than the combiflex but still only suitable for a cafe stop. If you want something decent you probably are looking at spending more than a fiver.
     
  8. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Location:
    Beside the road
  9. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    thinking back, if you're not carrying it around, a proper chain and a proper padlock from a hardware shop are shags cheaper and far more secure as they're all about strong rather than light/pretty/portable/tactile
     
  10. I bought a similar type lock Ed Co Op own brand for half price in their sale, £3.95 with similar intentions. I've not used it yet.
     
  11. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    My own quick stop choice is a Kryptonite cable lock - as I recall it was a £7 ish in one of the Edinbrugh Bike Co-Op sales. It might have been this one although I've a feeling mine is shorter.
     
  12. DLB

    DLB Senior Member

  13. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Location:
    York
    That definitely looks more secure. However some years ago when I was a youth worker, I remember one of the lads on the estate I worked on demonstrating how he could crack a combination lock in seconds - though the lock in question may have only had three dials and the one on Wiggle has four.
     
  14. DLB

    DLB Senior Member

    That's quite worrying. i wonder how he could do that??
     
  15. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Location:
    York
    Practice unfortunately!

    He was a useful contact though - when a friend had her bike nicked he managed to recover the frame, though minus most of the parts.