Outdoors altor-560g

Published on June 7th, 2017 | by Greg


The Altor 560G: An Ultra-Light, Titanium Bike Lock

Given enough time and access, any sufficiently devoted thief will be able to sneak away with most any valuable item. And while you can protect most of your gear with well-placed cameras, or just hide them away inside drawers, closets, or even a safe, there is at least one expensive item that that you’re probably going to leave outside, in plain view but out of eyesight, often right on the street. Bicycles are tempting targets, but you can take steps to keep yours protected- like getting a solid lock.

The Altor 560G is different from most of the competition on the market- for starters, it’s not made by a big company, and in fact was funded in part from a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $80K. The real difference is that this one is one of the lightest high-security models out there, weighing in at only around 580 grams (they were aiming for 560, hence the name). Made from “grade 5 titanium super alloy”, it’s a folding lock that unfurls and wraps around your frame fairly easily- and is coated to protect it.

What’s the point in having an expensive, lightweight bike if you simply have to add several pounds of heavy chain? This one mounts easily to your bike’s center post for storage, and you won’t even notice it when you’re riding. U-locks are far less flexible, where this one should fit just about any bike and most situations, and we liked that you can even connect two of the 560Gs together if you need a longer lock. But the best part was the push button cylinder, which means that you don’t need to fumble with keys to lock up and get going.

No single lock will be perfect for every environment or person, and every lock- for bikes or homes or otherwise- is defeatable and not invulnerable. But the Altor 560G is an impressive take on the folding bicycle lock, offering a nice touch of color to the often monochrome palette. It’s pricey- expect to spend around $179.99 online and in stores for the Altor 560G- but it’s a secure lock that can make itself compact enough to fit in just about any bag or purse.

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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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