Published on September 17th, 2014 | by Greg0
Tough TiGr: Bringing Elegance To Bike Locks
Security is rarely attractive. Whether it’s concrete pillars in front of a building or iron bars on your windows, practical needs typically outweigh aesthetic concerns when it comes to keeping things safe. It doesn’t have to be that way though- it’s possible to create a sleek, even sexy, lock that is both strong and durable.
That’s exactly what the TiGr 125 Standard Bike Lock does- deliver top-notch, even high tech security without compromises, and still do so in a clever, appealing way that won’t weigh down your ride nor require heavy lifting (some of the other locks we’ve seen weigh up to 15 pounds). Made from titanium, the bow shaped metal bar won’t add much to your commute with it’s svelte 1.7 pounds. And it can slide nicely over your top cross-bar, hidden out of the way during travel and then instantly available when you need it. Plus, it won’t displace your water bottle or other gear, and is quite unobtrusive.
TiGr offers a few different sizes and models, but they share essentially the same shape and attributes. Short, standard, and long lengths allow for a variety of bike models, and the 075 version is lighter but less secure, while the 125 version as tested is 2-star ART certified for higher-risk environments. Forget your chain or U-lock, which rattle around when not in use and can ding your lovely bicycle; the TiGr includes not only a PVC coating but also some cute silicon o-rings for dampening and extra protection. Our bike never saw a scratch. Cables might sound nice, but they are useless in terms of protection, and in Manhattan and New York City, that matters.
The lock cylinder is interesting but annoying because it’s a separate component that you can drop. Altogether it’s pretty easy to use after the first couple of times, once you figure out it’s tricks. Imagine a large pair of tweezers and you’ll immediately be in the ballpark- and understand the main downside to the TiGr as well. It’s a very cool design, and no surprise that their Kickstarter was a huge success. But it can be tough to find a pole or place to lock your bike thanks to the fairly tight, inflexible, and rigid bar. A chain can wrap just about anywhere, including a tree or phone pole, but the TiGr requires a bit more finesse in finding the right spot to make it work. Still, for a biker who is tired of hauling a lock that weighs as much as a couple of bags of groceries, the TiGr offers a great alternative. Available now, online and in stores, for around $200 as tested.