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Oxford Hercules Security U Lock (Bike) £5:99 Delivered £5.99

£5.99 @ Chain Reaction Cycles
Got one of these and it seems pretty good, especially for £5:99!. Before everyone starts comparing it with the Kryptonite etc please remember this is £5:99 Read More
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9y, 1w agoFound 9 years, 1 week ago
Got one of these and it seems pretty good, especially for £5:99!.
Before everyone starts comparing it with the Kryptonite etc please remember this is £5:99
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slightly off-topic but i just came across this today ... thot it was clever. not sure if this is in production yet or not so i don't know the price.

"the winner of the most recent One Hour Design Challenge to design a better bike lock is RBAid's "TheftProof Bike" seat lock system"

http://www.core77.com/blog/images/bikelock_winner.jpg
#2
kippy
slightly off-topic but i just came across this today ... thot it was clever. not sure if this is in production yet or not so i don't know the price.

"the winner of the most recent One Hour Design Challenge to design a better bike lock is RBAid's "TheftProof Bike" seat lock system"

http://www.core77.com/blog/images/bikelock_winner.jpg


very clever and your always have a lock with you . bet its in the £30 + range
#3
My brother has one of these Oxford locks. For £5.99 delivered its a great deal. They're probably not up to Kryptonite standards (although still decent), but neither is the price. These are way better than Argos, Wilko's, Halfraud's own brands.

The most sensible thing to do would be to get one of these and then a cheap cable lock to lock through the front wheel and frame. It is unusual for a thief to have tools to tackle a D lock and a cable lock. Even if they have it's twice the work so they are more likely to target someone else's bike.

I should point out that the last paragraph I paraphrased from memory of reading something on Sheldon Brown. I
#4
maybe old news now but

Kryptonite Evolution 2000 U- Lock hacked by a Bic pen - http://www.engadget.com/2004/09/14/kryptonite-evolution-2000-u-lock-hacked-by-a-bic-pen/

so i dairnt (sp?) think of how easy it will be on a £5.99 lock

not voted though...
#5
Just a quick note from an ex-bike thief. These locks are the easiest to break apart. One swift bang with a house brick and your bike is gone. I would leave this deal alone if i were a bike owner.
#6
grassmonkeys
Just a quick note from an ex-bike thief. These locks are the easiest to break apart. One swift bang with a house brick and your bike is gone. I would leave this deal alone if i were a bike owner.


so ... is there no safety device secure enough to deter ? but thanks for the tips, just have to look around for a nice one (with my brick) to replace my bike (that eventually got stolen at uni!) :p
#7
i like the http://www.onguardlock.com/ range :)
#8
grassmonkeys;2494423
Just a quick note from an ex-bike thief. These locks are the easiest to break apart. One swift bang with a house brick and your bike is gone. I would leave this deal alone if i were a bike owner.


I wouldn't mind having mine back if you still have it... ;-)
What put an end to your treacherous ways?
#9
moved on to mopeds?? hehe
#10
You serisoulsy gotta think how much your bike is worth to you, £5.99 just aint gonna cut the mustard I'm afraid, you really need to be looking at the £40 - £50 range for some security, there a hell of a lot of scum out there who would happily take this sucka off the some nail clippers.
#11
What Cycleman really needs is a lock for his pizza, someone's stealing a slice!
#12
hi guys, just wanna ask a question which might sound a bit silly. What is that plastic (2 cylinder shape) and where does that fit on the bike?:oops:
#13
D-locks can be opened with a bottle jack, and cable locks can be cut with wire cutters.

If this is the same Oxford that makes motorcycle gear, avoid!

Get a 10mm chain and padlock instead from a reputable company such as Pragmasis or Almax (Google!)
#14
frogbog
hi guys, just wanna ask a question which might sound a bit silly. What is that plastic (2 cylinder shape) and where does that fit on the bike?:oops:


Looks like its for bolting the lock to your frame, for carrying.
#15
th0r0n;2495313
D-locks can be opened with a bottle jack
...which is heavy and awkward, and won't work unless you've left enough room for it to fit. Opportunist thieves won't bother.
#16
Tell yourself that, one of my mates left his £50 pushbike chained to a gas main pipe with a solid chain, and the theives hacksawed through the gas main to get the bike. This is in a decent area as well, cycle crime is massive, so don't be surprised.
#17
That's a compliment to the chain I think.
#18
pibpob
That's a compliment to the chain I think.


Probably, I have an Oxford Monster motorbike chain at home and it's awful, it was £99 as well!
#19
th0r0n
Tell yourself that, one of my mates left his £50 pushbike chained to a gas main pipe with a solid chain, and the theives hacksawed through the gas main to get the bike. This is in a decent area as well, cycle crime is massive, so don't be surprised.


Exactly, if a thief wants something enough, he'll usually get it. The £5.99 would put off most opportunist thiefs, and the professional would get round £50 locks one way or another
#20
thanks th0r0n, but what if your bike frame has a squarish design??
#21
Bolt it to your leg
#22
th0r0n
Bolt it to your leg


Is that supposed to be funny?
#23
OH has had to drill a ground anchor in our parking lot for the motorbike + heavy chain + an automatic electric alarm. it's probably too much for a bicycle but insurance premium is really high for our area - there are opportunists everywhere!
#24
grassmonkeys
Just a quick note from an ex-bike thief. These locks are the easiest to break apart. One swift bang with a house brick and your bike is gone. I would leave this deal alone if i were a bike owner.


Thanks for bringing a touch of realism . I suppose some sort of lock might help
with the insurance claim , but that's about all a cheap lock will do.
The only other answer is to have a bike that is so cheap that your loss is bearable.
#25
Except that "one swift bang with a house brick" makes a hell of a noise, so unless it's in a deserted area, someone will notice. Horses for courses.
#26
frogbog;2497771
Is that supposed to be funny?


I thought it was. :/
#27
All I can say is read this article and watc the related video, *gulp*:

http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/07/dude-wheres-my.html
#28
bigup
maybe old news now but

Kryptonite Evolution 2000 U- Lock hacked by a Bic pen - http://www.engadget.com/2004/09/14/kryptonite-evolution-2000-u-lock-hacked-by-a-bic-pen/

so i dairnt (sp?) think of how easy it will be on a £5.99 lock

not voted though...

Kryptonite haven't used that design lock since 2005

Edit......I've just replied to a one year old post......Doh

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