Best D-Lock for around £20- 25

captc
captc Posts: 47
edited February 2010 in MTB buying advice
I have been looking on Amazon, and they seem to have some good value D locks around the £20 mark, including the extra cable.

These are the ones I've looked at:

Master Lock Street Fortum (Gold Secure) £21.49
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Master-Lock-Street-280x110mm-1200x10mm/dp/B000XRQ8UQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=sports&qid=1266246724&sr=8-1

Onguard Bulldog (Silver Secure I think) £21.21
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Onguard-Bulldog-Shackle-Including-Cable/dp/B0010VRLGY/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top


Magnum UL4 Shackle Lock (Silver Secure I think)-£20.40
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Magnum-Shackle-Lock-13mm-120Cm/dp/B00187MCZA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=sports&qid=1266252560&sr=1-2

Onguard Pitbull Shackle Lock (silver secure I think)- £23.71
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Onguard-Pitbull-Shackle-115mm-Including/dp/B0010VPLPC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=sports&qid=1266445110&sr=1-2

I first thought that I should go for the Fortum Gold secure one, but then after reading the review on here, it didn't seem such a good choice.
I think the Pitbull is slightly more secure than the Bulldog, is that right?
Or is there another lock I should consider?

Cheers for any advice. :)

Comments

  • get a hack bike instead.

    If someone wants your bike they'll have it.

    i've got the onguard lock, which is apparently one of the best out there... but I wouldn't use it on anything other than my hack.
  • stubs
    stubs Posts: 5,001
    Gold secure is the highest rating. As bigbenj_08 says they are useless if the thieves really want your bike they will have it any one of those listed will slow down a well equipped scrote by about 1 minute
    Fig rolls: proof that god loves cyclists and that she wants us to do another lap
  • neil²
    neil² Posts: 337
    slightly hijacking this thread, but, I've been interested in the ONGuard locks that come with some sort of insurance policy - i.e. they pay out if the lock gets cut and the bike gets nicked.

    Has anyone got any details on the policy that comes with it, and has anyone ever tried to claim?

    They're a bit more than the £25, but not that much more.
  • supersonic
    supersonic Posts: 82,708
    Will you be carrying the lock? If not, buy some 19mm anchor chain and a good padlock.
  • neil² wrote:
    slightly hijacking this thread, but, I've been interested in the ONGuard locks that come with some sort of insurance policy - i.e. they pay out if the lock gets cut and the bike gets nicked.

    Has anyone got any details on the policy that comes with it, and has anyone ever tried to claim?

    They're a bit more than the £25, but not that much more.
    US only for the ONguard insurance thing.
    http://www.onguardlock.com/?page_id=486

    Asked halfords about it but they knew squat.
  • captc
    captc Posts: 47
    I will be using it on the Carrera Fury which I was recommended to buy a few weeks ago. It won't be locked up in anywhere too vulnerable too often, just occasionally.
    I will probably buy a cheap coil lock too to use in conjunction, just to slow anyone down by another 15 seconds.

    I found this (re: Insurance)
    http://www.magnum.ws/onguard/documents/ ... rranty.pdf

    I presume that works for all the onguards with the insurance thing listed on amazon.
  • lancj1
    lancj1 Posts: 38
    I have a copy of WMB that did a lock test last year - a few on that test delayed up to six minutes or so.
    Btwin Triban 3
    Giant Boulder '08
    Raleigh Jackal MTB '95 - Gas Pipe Commuter
  • captc
    captc Posts: 47
    Ahh right. I presume the New York Kryptonite will be one of the ones which lasted well.
  • cavegiant
    cavegiant Posts: 1,546
    Only get gold secure locks, it is required for most UK insurance.

    No lock will shop a good thief, however a SSG with insurance will get you a brand new one!
    Why would I care about 150g of bike weight, I just ate 400g of cookies while reading this?
  • lancj1
    lancj1 Posts: 38
    captc wrote:
    Ahh right. I presume the New York Kryptonite will be one of the ones which lasted well.

    correct. ISTR they used a bolt cutter as part of the test, ie they go kitted out like a well prepped bike thief.
    Btwin Triban 3
    Giant Boulder '08
    Raleigh Jackal MTB '95 - Gas Pipe Commuter
  • most bike thieves are opportunists, get at least a silver rated d lock for your fury. A cable lock will get your bike nicked! D locks are too much hassle for the majority of thieves. I worked in Tottenham for 5 years, and would ask every customer what lock they had used when the bike was nicked, and guess what none of the had a decent d lock. I would recommend ABUS as a good d lock manufacturer, on guard, magnum etc are pretty crap, they weigh a ton and the clamps to fit them to your bike are pretty useless. If you think that your bike is going to go missing whatever lock you use, don't bother cycling. And flippin' cheer up.
  • The one wrapped around some scrots head after they tried to nick your bike.

    Sorry, I know this doesn't help with your query, but I had to say it.
  • S_J_P
    S_J_P Posts: 908
    As Supersonic says, use a chain and padlock, they're more secure!

    I use Abus chain and Abus Granit lock which isn't too heavy to carry in a rucksack and gives me more piece of mind than the D-Lock's.

    You'll need to make sure that the anchor point's just as secure as the chain/lock too though! I had a bike pinched which was locked-up with a secure chain, and the scrotes pinched the chain and padlock too after breaking the anchor!
  • captc
    captc Posts: 47
    Yeah, that's true. Will have too look into an anchor point. Although my garage at home is alarmed well. :)