IB13: Chocolate Locks and Chain Transportation, New At Kryptonite

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Comments

NASH - 10/14/13 - 9:18am

Chocalate locks are about as much use as that Ti lock that was posted here a few days ago. Probably even more use as you eat it to cheer yourself up after you bike gets stolen.

Tandumb - 10/14/13 - 10:54am

I can pick that lock with a chocolate Bic pen…

Rico - 10/14/13 - 11:12am

Bic trick does not work on newer ones. I have a beautiful steel frame with a recent one stuck on it (former owner lost key). Guess i need to break out the torch fot it.

Ajax - 10/14/13 - 11:20am

Rico, try using the biggest bolt cutter that you can find on that U-lock. You might be able to get it off easily.

Elliot - 10/14/13 - 12:26pm

@ Rico, careful with the torch, don’t get that beautiful steel frame too hot, my advice would be to use a car jack between the arms of the lock and to pop the little sucker off. just wrap the frame up with towels to avoid scratches and dings

Nick - 10/14/13 - 1:54pm

Torches, bolt cutters, jacks? An angle grinder and an abrasive cutoff wheel takes about 5 seconds. Had to remove one from a friend’s bike that lost the key. Works wonders.

satisFACTORYrider - 10/14/13 - 4:04pm

i thought everyone knew that locks only keep honest people honest

rico - 10/14/13 - 9:24pm

Angle grinder, good idea. I have a buddy who builds huge custom truck beds and welds and and uses a grinder all the time. Better just have him buzz it off, good thinkin. Those grinders can be dangerous in novice hands though, I know a guy who shattered the bit/wheel of one and got a big piece lodged deep into his thigh. Ouch!

DerHoggz - 10/14/13 - 11:15pm

@Rico

You sure that isn’t stolen?

Jose - 10/16/13 - 1:24pm

Angle grinder.

Evo locks have a 3 ton jacking resistance, and I’ve tested it to 5t.

Angle grinder is best option.

Bolt cutter don’t work, and you will devastate the bolt cutters in the process.

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