Published on August 8th, 2014 | by Greg0
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!