Published on November 24th, 2011 | by Greg0
ABUS Bike Locks: Three For All
Our staff Thanksgiving party went off without a hitch. We served some wine (reviews coming soon), and also took turns testing out the latest gear. When we aren’t playing, throwing, dropping, catching, burning, drinking, eating, or putting together the latest arrivals, we try to keep things locked up. Perhaps it’s because Skyrim has taken over our hearts and minds, but we’re not only worried about people getting in, but some of our top-secret, under-wraps items trying to find their way out.
That’s where ABUS comes in, a company that specializes in security. You might not be familiar with them- they are better known in Europe, and are just starting to jump onto shelves in the US. They sent us three of their bicycle locks for some brutal testing, and we’re happy to report that not a single bike was stolen. We also used them for some unusual purposes- protecting that storeroom that we mentioned- and can also report that not a single enchanted item managed to break through them either.
The most basic of the trio is the ABUS Combi-loop, model 205. This is a simple, 5mm wide steel cable wrapped in PVC for durability. The combination lock is easily settable, and as with the next mode, it’s available in four colors- black, lime, purple, and white. We liked it just fine, for basic use- it’ll protect your sports gear from prying eyes or wandering hands, and there are plenty of uses for low-level security around the house or in the garage. The long, thin cable means plenty of options. At $20 or so, available online, it isn’t intended for urban bikers, but is fairly light weight and feels well-made.
Next up is the Multiloop 210, which offers a cable twice the width (10mm) and a pretty unique locking system. The first time most staff tried out this one, they were pretty confused- but the weird design allows you to adjust to a desired length of cable, unlike the Combi-loop. This one uses keys instead of a combination, and two are provided. At six feet long, you’ve still got plenty of cable length to work with, but can double-loop fairly easily for added protection. And this one is definitely a bit more secure, and we felt comfortable leaving our inexpensive bikes locked up with this. You can even manage to lock a couple of them together thanks to the long cable. And at $35, it’s a pretty good bargain for a flexible keyed lock.
Finally, the most expensive and secure lock also happens to be the most interesting. The ABUS Bordo Lite model 6050 is a lovely piece of kit, lock worthy of your more expensive bicycle or even a cheap scooter. Solid steel bars are harder to cut or pry, but they are covered in plastic to protect your ride from scratches or damage. It folds up tightly, and can easily stow away in place of your bottle holder. This one isn’t lightweight- it weighs about a pound and a half- but they claim that the premium cylinder prevents picking and manipulating. This one is available in black and white as well, but the only colorful choice is a bright red. Bike theft is an issue here in the Mission, but we felt protected with the Bordo. If you need a bike lock- or know someone who does- this is a great gift and sure to spark conversations amongst your fellow travelers. $82, available now.