Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Kuat Bicycle Bottle Lock

Kuat’s new lock fits in your bottle cage — so you’re never put out by how to lug a lock for your commute. Which for me has always been the hangup; wrapping a chain lock across my torso, messenger style, is rad looking, and pseudo menacing even…and does really bad things to my lumbar. But this bad boy incorporates five feet of 8mm coated cable (so it won’t scar your bike’s paint) that coils back inside the “bottle” shape. A small, threaded enclosure at the bottom is large enough to hold the Bottle Lock’s keys, too.

While the cylinder-style keyed lock is probably pretty hard to pick, the cable isn't the most stout setup on earth. Anyone with modestly powerful bolt cutters could snap this lock in a heartbeat. So, being a belt-and-suspenders type, I’ve upped the Bottle Lock’s security level from about a 6 to an 8 with a simple kludge: I throw a $6 hardware store padlock into that storage compartment at the base of the Kuat.

Then, after I string the cable lock around my bike (always being sure to remove the front wheel and tugging the cable through the frame and both front- and rear wheels), I take an extra 30 seconds to remove my seat post  I thread the post through the wheels, and lock the padlock onto one of the saddle rails and to a spoke.

This setup looks like a total nightmare for any would-be thief, because he has to cut the Bottle Lock’s cable and also bust a spoke, making that wheel rub, which would slow his getaway. Remember, you don’t need the biggest, baddest security system, you just need one that’s more annoying than average. That’s the aim, and the Bottle Lock, with a padlock, nails that target.


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