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Published on August 8th, 2014 | by Greg


ABUS 420: A Serious U-Lock For Bicyclists On A Budget

One of the best parts of New York’s bike sharing program is the flexibility it allows for last-mile trips. You can simply hop off the subway, find one of the many stations scattered around Manhattahn, grab a bicycle and go on your merry way. And whether you’re just grabbing some groceries, visiting a library, or even running errands, the beautiful part of the system is that you don’t need to worry about buying your own bike. However, if you want to leave your bike for a bit, you’ll need a lock- and a simple thin chain won’t cut it.

But you don’t really need a heavy-duty chain either, which is why the ABUS Ultimate 420 U-Lock is a great option for anyone looking for a mid-weight, mid-security, mid-priced lock. Available in a couple of sizes, ours was the 9-inch version, and was nicely designed with a red accent and a black body. We’ve seen quite a few ABUS bike locks over the years, including the most heavy-duty models that should thwart all but the most determined thieves to nifty folding locks that hide away nicely, amongst other bike gear like helmets.

The Ultimate 420 is perfect for couriers, messengers, delivery folks, and anyone who isn’t leaving their bike in a dangerous area (or any city, really) overnight. We used it for the fifteen to twenty minutes at a time when we were shopping in a store with our Citibike, and always trusted it, plus it’s light enough to barely notice when you carry it around. A mounting bracket is included, and we liked that the key is reversible so you won’t be fumbling trying to get your lock open in a hurry.

Well-hardened and durable, the Ultimate 420 is the ideal security method for your bicycle- or for protecting a fairly expensive bike share ride for a bit. Available now, online and in stores, expect to spend around $60 or so!

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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