Bike lock bargain???

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Bike lock bargain???

Postby simonineaston » 24 Jun 2014, 1:19pm

On my way to Lakeland, the bike lock fell out of my boot and the key broke off inside the mechanism. So questions have I 2...
Anyone got any canny tips for removing half a key from the inside of my old Abus D lock mech?
And more urgently, what is folks opinion on the best value Good Lock deal at the mo'?
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Re: Bike lock bargain???

Postby BE1 » 24 Jun 2014, 1:27pm

Depending on the level of security you need Fudges' seem to have some good prices on Kryptonite locks at the moment

http://www.fudgescyclestore.com/index.php?c=3817&brand

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Re: Bike lock bargain???

Postby Vantage » 24 Jun 2014, 1:45pm

Due to my past history on never keeping a bike longer than a year due to in most cases, theft, I rarely leave the bike anywhere but when I have done, this lock gives me a little piece of mind. It's Sold Secure rating means the insurance claim I hope I never have to make is valid.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000 ... UTF8&psc=1

Spose it depends on what you're willing to pay and how much you value your bike.
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Postby simonineaston » 24 Jun 2014, 1:51pm

I've heard good report about Oxford's chain locks - might give 'em a go, although I did buy a lamp from them a couple of years ago and it wasn't all that...
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Postby Vantage » 24 Jun 2014, 2:00pm

There's one or two reports of the lock mechanism playing up or disintegrating and I myself have had to give the key a slight wiggle at times to get it all the way in, but a drop of oil keeps things running smoothly. I've never had to use brute force.
Never heard of the keys snapping though, unlike those made by Kryptonite.
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Re: Bike lock bargain???

Postby NUKe » 24 Jun 2014, 2:05pm

contact adhesive such as super glue can sometimes be used to extract the other half of the key, won't be strong enough to use as key but may help you draw the rest out.
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Postby simonineaston » 24 Jun 2014, 2:23pm

NUKe wrote:contact adhesive such as super glue can sometimes be used to extract the other half of the key, won't be strong enough to use as key but may help you draw the rest out.

I've tried that but it didn't work... will have another go though.
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Re: Bike lock bargain???

Postby AndyBSG » 24 Jun 2014, 2:37pm

simonineaston wrote:I've heard good report about Oxford's chain locks - might give 'em a go, although I did buy a lamp from them a couple of years ago and it wasn't all that...


I've got this one from Oxford and have no complaints about it... Other than it being very heavy(It must weigh around 10KG)!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000 ... UTF8&psc=1

It is a beast of a lock though and i've been using it for over a year now to lock my bike up in and around London with no obvious attempts at theft so far

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Postby mjr » 24 Jun 2014, 2:52pm

Best value good-quality lock: ask your local police or crime prevention partnership. Some have discount deals with a particular manufacturer. For example, divisional Norfolk Police stations had a number of Sold Secure Gold D-locks for £25 or so last I heard.

Cheaper dodge: get a minor brand D-lock which doesn't look too distinctive and has none of the classic drawbacks (so it has a solid shackle and an I-key in the middle of a sheathed locking side, rather than a O-key on one end of a thin naked metal locking side), then remove/obliterate/cover the branding badge. Use it through the frame, along with a cable lock through the stand any quick-release parts.

If you'll be within earshot, a cafe lock with a siren might be worth considering.

Of course, I'd not trust any of them to protect a thousand-pound bike but I don't have one of those.
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Re: Bike lock bargain???

Postby Zanda » 24 Jun 2014, 7:59pm

If you want to buy a Sold Secure approved lock, they do a free catalogue of all approved locks, downloadable via the link at the bottom of this page: http://cyclingfortransport.com/bike/accessories/lock/

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Re: Bike lock bargain???

Postby Urticaria » 25 Jun 2014, 2:01am

simonineaston wrote:Anyone got any canny tips for removing half a key from the inside of my old Abus D lock mech?

This happened to me and I never got the stub out...I must remember to not keep the key in the lock.
I suspect the broken shank will completely fill the keyway, so there would be no way to get any fishing tool in. I would suggest hitting with a hammer might be productive if you hit the rear face of the lock. The pressure pulse might move the key as it runs through it. You could also lightly hold the lock and hit it near the face of the lock; the inertia of the key might cause it to stay behind as the rest of the lock ricochets away from the hammer? I tried the gluing the two halves of the key malarky and it never worked.