IB13: Chocolate Locks and Chain Transportation, New At Kryptonite
I know, I know, when Kryptonite told me they had new chocolate locks on display I was thinking it would be a good replacement for the lunch I hadn’t seen yet, though chocolate wouldn’t be very theft proof. Instead, chocolate it turns out is the new limited edition color of the Evolution Mini-5 u-lock – available in both dark and milk chocolate varieties. Once they’re gone, they’re gone and will possibly be replaced by a new limited edition color. The locks include a LED equipped key, and now include Finish Line lubrication to keep the lock mechanism turning in the worst conditions.
Kryptonite also had a new Lite Mini-6, their lightest u-lock to date, plus a few lock transportation options including a prototype seen after the break.
At a 7/10 security rating (the same as the Mini-5 above), the new Lite Mini-6 is noteworthy for carrying a lot of lock in a small package. Just under 750 grams, the Lite Mini-6 is lighter than the Mini-5, yet is thinner to fit easily into a back pocket. If you’d rather carry it on the bike instead, the lock includes a bracket for the frame.
U locks are great, but sometimes you need the protection of Kryptonite’s New York chains – but how do you lug the 10-12lb monsters around? Some people wear them like a belt, others throw them in a back pack, but Kryptonite will be offering two new options to to carry your locks. The prototype Tube-R on the left, is basically a large can that you simply drop the chain into. This prototype is made from thin plastic straight off a 3D printer, but you can get the picture for the production version.
The other option is the Transit Transport-R chain bag which is pretty straight forward. Strap it to your top and seat tube and you should still have just enough room on most frames for one water bottle cage. For anyone worried about having the bag stolen while the bike is locked up, there is a loop at the bottom of the bag that you can put the chain through, securing the bag to the bike.