Outdoors ABUS-Bordo-Centium

Published on September 1st, 2016 | by Greg


ABUS Bordo Centium Bike Lock: Who Needs A Chain?

In New York City, bicycle locks are an absolute necessity- in fact, many riders opt to use two separate locks, to better secure the wheels and frame. And there are plenty of different types, shapes, styles, and sizes, but they typically boil down to heavy and bulky chains or inflexible, rigid U-locks. Either way, there are serious trade-offs and drawbacks. For any urban biker with a ride that is worth serious money, it just makes sense to invest in an equally serious lock.

The ABUS Bordo Centium is the latest in the German brand’s line of unusual folding bike locks, which balance security and portability, thanks to their nifty series of short 5mm thick hardened steel bars, connected together with rivets in a loop. There are no links to pry apart, and the entire apparatus fits tightly into the space of a can of soda. As with most higher-end locks, it’s not light enough that you won’t notice, but is only around 1100 grams. And it’s compact holder can be mounted just about anywhere on your bike, with with non-slip velcro straps.

Two keys were included, and we liked that the keys have a light you can use, to help you unlock your bike at night. We also were very impressed with the packaging, as the Centium came in a lovely wooden box that seemed more appropriate to an expensive whiskey or scotch. About five years ago, we checked out the Bordo Lite 6050, which fit the name- a bit lighter and less secure. Since then, we’ve seen other ABUS locks like the X-Plus 6500, which had a slightly cooler casing if a less practical mount. But the Centium still offers the rubberized exterior on the bars, which helps protect your bike from scuffs, especially compared to chains.

Available now online and in stores, expect to spend around $125 online and in stores for the ABUS Bordo Centium foldable bicycle lock.

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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 Apple’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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