B'TWIN 100 CABLE BIKE LOCK, TRIPLE PACK - PURPLE/RED/SILVER only £2.99 (delivered to local asda or Decathlon store) @ Decathlon
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B'TWIN 100 CABLE BIKE LOCK, TRIPLE PACK - PURPLE/RED/SILVER only £2.99 (delivered to local asda or Decathlon store) @ Decathlon

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Found 7th FebMade hot 7th Feb
usefull locks for a nip into the shops

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while the price is good, would you really lock up your bike regardless of its value with one of these?

wire cutters would be through the cable in seconds

Yep, if you want to lock up something anyway valuable then don't bother

joehart2

while the price is good, would you really lock up your bike regardless of … while the price is good, would you really lock up your bike regardless of its value with one of these?wire cutters would be through the cable in seconds


maybe if you just had to nip into a shop for half a minute as the op suggests

anything longer and agreed

Original Poster

it is what it is, i got one the other week and they are pretty good quality, good locking mechanism and thick steel chain, far better than poundland or equivalent locks.

it would stop the opportunist thief, ie climbs on and rides off, rather than the real scumbags who carry bolt cutters and the like..

and for this price you could leave it at your prefered shop location and only have to carry the key

Edited by: "whatyadoinsucka" 7th Feb

Don't waste your money. Every bike rack in Bournemouth has a sign on it saying don't use anything else but a D lock. Use one of these if your bike is insured and you want it to disappear.
Edited by: "johnsymes" 7th Feb

whatyadoinsucka

it is what it is, i got one the other week and they are pretty good … it is what it is, i got one the other week and they are pretty good quality, good locking mechanism and thick steel chain, far better than poundland or equivalent locks.it would stop the opportunist thief, ie climbs on and rides off, rather than the real scumbags who carry bolt cutters and the like..and for this price you could leave it at your prefered shop location and only have to carry the key


Leaving a lock at a location where it could be compromised is the worst advice anyone could give.

If you used one of these to lock your bike at the shops you will end up having to walk back. Just spend a few more quid and buy a D Lock.

I used one of these locks in my garage to secure a set of ladders,unfortunately I lost they keys and thought I was going to have to buy some bolt cutters to get it off,but after a quick look on YouTube I discovered that you could just use some normal wire cutters.Sure enough I managed to cut straight through the cable in under 20 seconds by just nipping away at a few strands at a time.

I wouldn't use one to secure a bike up in a public place,but that said it maybe ok for say a child to use to lock their (probably less expensive) bike up within school grounds to stop others moving it about.

Could imagine how people complaining these locks being not secure but I have one of these on my bike frame all the time and it serves good when pop into the shop for a minute or two so for £2.99 hot added.

Have you seen how quick bikes get stolen?

Nip into the shop or turn your back for 15-30 seconds and you may as well give them your bike. I have a Decathlon Alur 700 road bike that I bought a couple of years ago. It's stored at home but on the occasion that I park it up in public, it's locked with a heavy duty D-Lock every time. Of course, there's quite a few cyclists who also need to learn how to fit a lock properly as many are incorrectly fitted and easily stolen.

Good price for the item but an item I wouldn't recommend fitting on anything other than a kids bike, that you don't mind disappearing.
Edited by: "ikonanddiva" 7th Feb

Voted hot. Surely the purpose of the site is to vote based on the good value of an item and not if it's the best in class. Hot for price but agreed for 2 minute stops and not to be used anywhere else

arthurly

Voted hot. Surely the purpose of the site is to vote based on the good … Voted hot. Surely the purpose of the site is to vote based on the good value of an item and not if it's the best in class. Hot for price but agreed for 2 minute stops and not to be used anywhere else



In part, I agree that voting should likely be about the best price available for that item over it's pricing history but inevitably many other variables come into the equation for astute buyers (which many Hukkers are) when deciding which way to vote. Everyone's opinion on how they vote will naturally differ.

For example: availability. Why would an item get 1000' heat if there's only 1 item left on a local shelf and not a national deal? There's also the issue of whether the item is fit for purpose, not to be confused with best in class. If I buy a bike lock, I want some degree of certainty that it's going to keep my bike locked or make it a deterrent against a would-be thief or opportunist. For that reason, cheap items (locks in this case) are essentially high-risk worthless items. I feel that one of the purposes of this site is also to advise other buyers who may not be as knowledgeable. I just watched a YouTube video where 3 similar locks were cut off in less than 15 seconds. In my neighbourhood, there's a refuge for drug/alcohol abusers...literally opposite a row of shops and you can pretty much guarantee some [insert relevant adjective here] person is lurking about or watching who's coming and going, thinking it'll be okay to use a £1 lock on their bike.

I actually voted HOT for the price, although I wouldn't touch this item with a barge pole so the GET DEAL becomes pretty pointless. I dislike voting cold but there are a growing number of listings on HUKD that I now vote cold for the reason that GET DEAL isn't an option, although credit to any OP for finding a great deal for themselves. Without GET DEAL being clicked, HUKD's referral revenue plummets.

But don't let me prevent anyone from putting a £1 lock on their £1,000 bike or 3 separate £1 locks...

Original Poster

i'm pretty certain i could leave a bike outside a shop for a few mins with this on and not get it robbed, i live in an ok/good area, this lock will prevent the opportunist. Hence i bought one,

lock it up for a slash, #2 probably not :0)

i have plenty of D-Locks my favoured brand being the on-guard brute, even those can be opened with a car jack.
but they are heavy duty. As always DYOR (do your own research). this will likely go hot, whether you like it or not.

Edited by: "whatyadoinsucka" 7th Feb

whatyadoinsucka

i'm pretty certain i could leave a bike outside a shop for a few mins … i'm pretty certain i could leave a bike outside a shop for a few mins with this on and not get it robbed, i live in an ok/good area, this lock will prevent the opportunist. Hence i bought one, lock it up for a slash, #2 probably not :0) i have plenty of D-Locks my favoured brand being the on-guard brute, even those can be opened with a car jack



You're right. Even D-locks are susceptible to large bolt cutters, angle grinders etc. There are always new locks coming to the market like LiteLok but expect to pay £85+ for such devices, then there are other new carbon fibre locks that heavy duty bolt cutters struggle with and a lot more secure. Everyone will have a different opinion on weighing up the risk of locking up their valuable/invaluable items. I would use a D-lock for nipping to the shops but nothing less (there are too many shady characters about) - I just wouldn't risk exposing a valuable item that I've saved hard for, protected by a £1 item (that's crazy logic), when I know that it takes just 5 seconds to remove it. I wouldn't use a D-lock if my bike was out of my sight in public for hours; I just wouldn't leave the bike there, so remove the risk entirely.

It's a really good cheap buy if you want a simple lock but I wouldn't use one even if they were given for free unless I was fitting about 100 of them to my bike just to slow the thief down. HOT but no thanks.

It all depends on where you intend to use one. In my town you could leave a cheap bike unlocked outside a shop, in the daytime, and it would probably be there when you came back an hour later. Where we used to live, a few miles away and a bit more rural, we used to leave crappy bikes at the station unlocked for days at a time and they never disappeared. I wouldn't risk leaving a bike here unlocked myself, but I would risk a cable lock for a five minute pop into a shop. If I was going to leave a bike somewhere for hours, or if the bike had some value to it, I would use a good D-lock.

A couple of these connected together in series and secured around the average household fridge are perfect for stopping fat porkers from having a secret midnight snack.

In fact, connect a few of these together and you could cable-lock the fat porker to any immovable object. Just think how much weight they would lose, and how much the NHS would save!

Dragon's Den here I come

see on youtube how quick they get any bike freed from this type of "shackle"
You will never buy this after you've seen how easy it is.

I have a heavy duty chain and u/d lock both on and my bike was jumped, stomped on, shook and kicked to be stolen numerous times.

Out of interest,for those who wouldn't use this lock,what locks do you guys use on your bikes ?

Personally i use one of these,it weighs quite a bit but I don't think the bike would go anywhere in a hurry when it's being used.

cycle-route.com/bik…tml

Original Poster

I've actually used a similair device on my garden table and chairs and a chimanea for the last 3 years.
Either They work or no one wants my garden furniture oO
Edited by: "whatyadoinsucka" 7th Feb

Voted cold due to the lack of security. A good ragging would probably snap the locking mechianism so no need for bolt cutters.

I would consider one to "lock" my front wheel to the frame, as if it was ragged off the wheel would probably end up damaged, so would be pointless stealing it then.

ikonanddiva

In part, I agree that voting should likely be about the best price … In part, I agree that voting should likely be about the best price available for that item over it's pricing history but inevitably many other variables come into the equation for astute buyers (which many Hukkers are) when deciding which way to vote. Everyone's opinion on how they vote will naturally differ.For example: availability. Why would an item get 1000' heat if there's only 1 item left on a local shelf and not a national deal? There's also the issue of whether the item is fit for purpose, not to be confused with best in class. If I buy a bike lock, I want some degree of certainty that it's going to keep my bike locked or make it a deterrent against a would-be thief or opportunist. For that reason, cheap items (locks in this case) are essentially high-risk worthless items. I feel that one of the purposes of this site is also to advise other buyers who may not be as knowledgeable. I just watched a YouTube video where 3 similar locks were cut off in less than 15 seconds. In my neighbourhood, there's a refuge for drug/alcohol abusers...literally opposite a row of shops and you can pretty much guarantee some [insert relevant adjective here] person is lurking about or watching who's coming and going, thinking it'll be okay to use a £1 lock on their bike.I actually voted HOT for the price, although I wouldn't touch this item with a barge pole so the GET DEAL becomes pretty pointless. I dislike voting cold but there are a growing number of listings on HUKD that I now vote cold for the reason that GET DEAL isn't an option, although credit to any OP for finding a great deal for themselves. Without GET DEAL being clicked, HUKD's referral revenue plummets.But don't let me prevent anyone from putting a £1 lock on their £1,000 bike or 3 separate £1 locks...



​Thanks for this

watch this youtu.be/tVC…_iU and then decide if it's worth it.

Sorry, but £2.99 for something that is incapable of doing its job is not a good deal. You might save a few quid on a lock, but you'll lose a few hundred on your bike.

They say that you should buy a lock that's a tenth the worth of your bike.

If you have a £30 bicycle, go for it!

mac9091

I would consider one to "lock" my front wheel to the frame, as if it was … I would consider one to "lock" my front wheel to the frame, as if it was ragged off the wheel would probably end up damaged, so would be pointless stealing it then.



^ this. I use a cheap lock like this on my front wheel in combination with my 'SoldSecure Gold' D Lock (which locks the back wheel and frame).

Bike locking is like running away from a bear. You only need to make your bike less nickable than the bike you're parked next to. A good quality D lock on the rear and a cheapy cable lock on the front and I figure they won't bother and'll move on to the next bike.

I use these locks when I'm out on my MTB and want to stop for a drink, even with my bike near me and in full view it stops someone jumping on and peddling off as I can't run that fast in my bike shoes and can't carry a weighty D lock through the forest.

ikonanddiva

Have you seen how quick bikes get stolen?Nip into the shop or turn your … Have you seen how quick bikes get stolen?Nip into the shop or turn your back for 15-30 seconds and you may as well give them your bike. I have a Decathlon Alur 700 road bike that I bought a couple of years ago. It's stored at home but on the occasion that I park it up in public, it's locked with a heavy duty D-Lock every time. Of course, there's quite a few cyclists who also need to learn how to fit a lock properly as many are incorrectly fitted and easily stolen.Good price for the item but an item I wouldn't recommend fitting on anything other than a kids bike, that you don't mind disappearing.



You are right about the d-locks, reminds me of a time 10 years ago in my student days, I went to a cafe for a £2.99 latte with a friend, and left my bike on a rack with a kryptonite d-lock. 2 blokes tried to use tools to open the lock, I had my coffee and laughed, my friend was shocked and could not understand until I told him the bike probably cost less than the lock, if they can open the lock they can have the bike - as they need it more than I do. We went out and asked them if we could help, they told us they lost the key and were trying to undo the bike rack, another friend came over (having been to the gym) and had a friendly word with them whilst I decided to put their tools in the bin, then rode off with the bike.

do yourself a favour and don't buy this if you need a bike lock.

Original Poster

Judosteffer

watch this https://youtu.be/tVCqGMIz_iU and then decide if it's worth it.


Do opportunist theives carry bolt cutters like these though, having seen s any listings for £70 Tesco bikes they are a great deal to go alongside them

What about using it to attach a wheel to a frame to deter wheel theft as a secondary deterrent to a D lock

jamesdew

What about using it to attach a wheel to a frame to deter wheel theft as … What about using it to attach a wheel to a frame to deter wheel theft as a secondary deterrent to a D lock


I think there are OK for that, if you look at the D locks then the sell a similar cable to these to do precisely that. Honestly I don't think they are any worse than a D lock, there is no guarantee with any lock. I know people that have had bikes nicked from their garage with D locks attached to cemeted in fittings. Angle grinder thru the garage door like cheese and the D lock wasn't much better.

Muig1972

They say that you should buy a lock that's a tenth the worth of your … They say that you should buy a lock that's a tenth the worth of your bike.If you have a £30 bicycle, go for it!



I paid £60 for my bike (off ebay) - so two of these would be ideal.
It's insured for about £500 (that's the list price) - assuming I actually want to keep it. What would you recommend?

I saw some of those solid metal folding locks added almost a kilo in weight, raising the question why did I pay a premium price for a light bike.....

had one of these my bike got stolen within 2 mins in shop use a proper lock

mwa

I saw some of those solid metal folding locks added almost a kilo in … I saw some of those solid metal folding locks added almost a kilo in weight, raising the question why did I pay a premium price for a light bike.....



I have one, yup they're damn heavy! I use a big chain at work, but that stays there. I have the folding one for out and about because it's compact, but sure adds to the weight. Tempted to buy a few of these for the old bikes we leave at the caravan though, need something light weight.

ArthurDent1

I paid £60 for my bike (off ebay) - so two of these would be ideal.It's … I paid £60 for my bike (off ebay) - so two of these would be ideal.It's insured for about £500 (that's the list price) - assuming I actually want to keep it. What would you recommend?


What does your insurance company recommend?
Usually at £500 they will not consider claims unless a sold secure silver lock is used.

Something like a Kryptolok 2 would be ideal. link
Edited by: "callum84" 8th Feb

mwa

I saw some of those solid metal folding locks added almost a kilo in … I saw some of those solid metal folding locks added almost a kilo in weight, raising the question why did I pay a premium price for a light bike.....



On reading this thread today, I browsed a few videos (as you do) and some inventors realised that very problem that the weight of a bike has become less over the years but the weight of security locks has remained the same or got heavier. That's why I referenced one of many products on the market such as litelok.com/youtube.com/wat…VBk that help keep the overall riding weight down to a minimum, yet offer good security. I don't own that particular lock but like many other new creative solutions, it's interesting. Pricey though at £85 each but it really depends upon how much we value our bikes and the cost of replacement...

If a bike is used for commuting, I've seen some videos that suggest not carrying your lock at all but storing it at work etc, especially the heavy duty motorcycle locks. I think I also saw the metal folding type of lock that was made of carbon fibre weighing in at less than 1/2kg.

Having written all that and like AlanClarke above, I've used a simple cable lock before (my nine year old daughter's lock; similar to this listing) for convenience to tie two bikes together whilst having a picnic than go to the lengths of threading various cables and locks through wheels/seat/frame. The bikes close by and within sight, simply used as a means to stop someone jumping on and riding away in the blink of an eye. The cable locks have their uses, which is why I voted hot but would use a "proper" solution at all other times when out of sight (even when just nipping into a local store) combining two different gold-standard locks.

ikonanddiva

On reading this thread today, I browsed a few videos (as you do) and some … On reading this thread today, I browsed a few videos (as you do) and some inventors realised that very problem that the weight of a bike has become less over the years but the weight of security locks has remained the same or got heavier. That's why I referenced one of many products on the market such as http://www.litelok.com/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXiUg0L5VBk that help keep the overall riding weight down to a minimum, yet offer good security. I don't own that particular lock but like many other new creative solutions, it's interesting. Pricey though at £85 each but it really depends upon how much we value our bikes and the cost of replacement...If a bike is used for commuting, I've seen some videos that suggest not carrying your lock at all but storing it at work etc, especially the heavy duty motorcycle locks. I think I also saw the metal folding type of lock that was made of carbon fibre weighing in at less than 1/2kg.Having written all that and like AlanClarke above, I've used a simple cable lock before (my nine year old daughter's lock; similar to this listing) for convenience to tie two bikes together whilst having a picnic than go to the lengths of threading various cables and locks through wheels/seat/frame. The bikes close by and within sight, simply used as a means to stop someone jumping on and riding away in the blink of an eye. The cable locks have their uses, which is why I voted hot but would use a "proper" solution at all other times when out of sight (even when just nipping into a local store) combining two different gold-standard locks.


I like the look of that litelok! Sold secure gold as well. Shame its not couple inches longer and could have worn it like a belt.
Would be much easier to carry than my Kryptonite evo 4. PITA carrying big lock on a MTB but like to take it incase I stop anywhere.
Edited by: "callum84" 8th Feb

callum84

I like the look of that litelok! Sold secure gold as well. Shame its not … I like the look of that litelok! Sold secure gold as well. Shame its not couple inches longer and could have worn it like a belt.Would be much easier to carry than my Kryptonite evo 4. PITA carrying big lock on a MTB but like to take it incase I stop anywhere.



Saw a cheaper belt one, bronze rating only though

chainreactioncycles.com/hip…625

ikonanddiva

On reading this thread today, I browsed a few videos (as you do) and some … On reading this thread today, I browsed a few videos (as you do) and some inventors realised that very problem that the weight of a bike has become less over the years but the weight of security locks has remained the same or got heavier. That's why I referenced one of many products on the market such as http://www.litelok.com/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXiUg0L5VBk that help keep the overall riding weight down to a minimum, yet offer good security. I don't own that particular lock but like many other new creative solutions, it's interesting. Pricey though at £85 each but it really depends upon how much we value our bikes and the cost of replacement...If a bike is used for commuting, I've seen some videos that suggest not carrying your lock at all but storing it at work etc, especially the heavy duty motorcycle locks. I think I also saw the metal folding type of lock that was made of carbon fibre weighing in at less than 1/2kg.Having written all that and like AlanClarke above, I've used a simple cable lock before (my nine year old daughter's lock; similar to this listing) for convenience to tie two bikes together whilst having a picnic than go to the lengths of threading various cables and locks through wheels/seat/frame. The bikes close by and within sight, simply used as a means to stop someone jumping on and riding away in the blink of an eye. The cable locks have their uses, which is why I voted hot but would use a "proper" solution at all other times when out of sight (even when just nipping into a local store) combining two different gold-standard locks.



I had a look at the litelok website, and thought the concept seemed impressive, but now I've found this Youtube channel which purports to show the lock being broken in 17 seconds...except we can't view the videos because they've been blocked due to a defamation complaint. Hmmm...

youtube.com/cha…85g

EDIT: I've watched the videos now (Used the flyVPN proxy to pretend I was in Brazil to get round the block). Seem legit. Here's a Reddit about it, including a response from Litelok's founder.

Edited by: "Muig1972" 8th Feb
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