Outdoors bordo

Published on November 24th, 2011 | by Greg


ABUS Bike Locks: Three For All

Our staff Thanks­giv­ing par­ty went off with­out a hitch. We served some wine (re­views com­ing soon), and al­so took turns test­ing out the lat­est gear. When we aren’t play­ing, throw­ing, drop­ping, catch­ing, burn­ing, drink­ing, eat­ing, or putting to­geth­er the lat­est ar­rivals, we try to keep things locked up. Per­haps it’s be­cause Skyrim has tak­en over our hearts and minds, but we’re not on­ly wor­ried about peo­ple get­ting in, but some of our top-se­cret, un­der-wraps items try­ing to find their way out.

That’s where ABUS comes in, a com­pa­ny that spe­cial­izes in se­cu­ri­ty. You might not be fa­mil­iar with them- they are bet­ter known in Eu­rope, and are just start­ing to jump on­to shelves in the US. They sent us three of their bi­cy­cle locks for some bru­tal test­ing, and we’re hap­py to re­port that not a sin­gle bike was stolen. We al­so used them for some un­usu­al pur­pos­es- pro­tect­ing that store­room that we men­tioned- and can al­so re­port that not a sin­gle en­chant­ed item man­aged to break through them ei­ther.

The most ba­sic of the trio is the ABUS Com­bi-loop, mod­el 205. This is a sim­ple, 5mm wide steel ca­ble wrapped in PVC for dura­bil­i­ty. The com­bi­na­tion lock is eas­i­ly set­table, and as with the next mode, it’s avail­able in four col­ors- black, lime, pur­ple, and white. We liked it just fine, for ba­sic use- it’ll pro­tect your sports gear from pry­ing eyes or wan­der­ing hands, and there are plen­ty of us­es for low-lev­el se­cu­ri­ty around the house or in the garage. The long, thin ca­ble means plen­ty of op­tions. At $20 or so, avail­able on­line, it isn’t in­tend­ed for ur­ban bik­ers, but is fair­ly light weight and feels well-made.

Next up is the Mul­ti­loop 210, which of­fers a ca­ble twice the width (10mm) and a pret­ty unique lock­ing sys­tem. The first time most staff tried out this one, they were pret­ty con­fused- but the weird de­sign al­lows you to ad­just to a de­sired length of ca­ble, un­like the Com­bi-loop. This one us­es keys in­stead of a com­bi­na­tion, and two are pro­vid­ed. At six feet long, you’ve still got plen­ty of ca­ble length to work with, but can dou­ble-loop fair­ly eas­i­ly for added pro­tec­tion. And this one is def­i­nite­ly a bit more se­cure, and we felt com­fort­able leav­ing our in­ex­pen­sive bikes locked up with this. You can even man­age to lock a cou­ple of them to­geth­er thanks to the long ca­ble. And at $35, it’s a pret­ty good bar­gain for a flex­i­ble keyed lock.

Fi­nal­ly, the most ex­pen­sive and se­cure lock al­so hap­pens to be the most in­ter­est­ing. The ABUS Bor­do Lite mod­el 6050 is a love­ly piece of kit, lock wor­thy of your more ex­pen­sive bi­cy­cle or even a cheap scoot­er. Sol­id steel bars are hard­er to cut or pry, but they are cov­ered in plas­tic to pro­tect your ride from scratch­es or dam­age. It folds up tight­ly, and can eas­i­ly stow away in place of your bot­tle hold­er. This one isn’t lightweight- it weighs about a pound and a half- but they claim that the pre­mi­um cylin­der pre­vents pick­ing and ma­nip­u­lat­ing. This one is avail­able in black and white as well, but the on­ly col­or­ful choice is a bright red. Bike theft is an is­sue here in the Mis­sion, but we felt pro­tect­ed with the Bor­do. If you need a bike lock- or know some­one who does- this is a great gift and sure to spark con­ver­sa­tions amongst your fel­low trav­el­ers. $82, avail­able now.


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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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