SOC 14: Rubbery U Locks from Abus, Plus Helmets?
Locks are one of those products that can be hard to get excited about because, let’s face it – we wish we didn’t have to use them. Since we don’t live in a world of unicorns and rainbows, bike theft happens and we rely on companies like ABUS to keep our bikes safe. Their new mega Ugrip Plus 501 takes the U lock to another level with some interesting tech.
More plus a look at some ABUS helmets after the break…
When it comes to defeating U locks, thieves usually look to bolt cutters or angle grinders to get the job done. To combat these attempts at stealing your bike, ABUS starts with a U section that is physically too big to fit into a bolt cutter’s jaws. Next, the rubberized material that surrounds the shackle makes it difficult to cut with a saw or an angle grinder because it will gum up the blade. Add in ABUS’s dual locking shackle and you have a very secure U lock that retails for $109.99 in black, grey, or Fluorescent yellow.
The U54 Mini is ABUS’ new high end mini U lock. Built with a 13mm shackle, the lock is specially shaped so that using a car jack to try and pop the lock will only make it lock tighter. The dual locking mechanism that ABUS uses locks at an angle to the shaft so that pulling on the shackle digs in the locking pins meaning the lock can withstand 4.5 tons of pressure on either end.
Also retailing for $109.99, both locks include their X plus key which offers 1.2 million different lock combinations.
Yes, these are ABUS helmets, but they’re not available in the US… yet. The helmet market is already pretty crowded, but the ABUS helmets have some unique features like retractable sun shades which are replaceable on the Helmet In-Vizz.
The Pedelec gets built in rain covers and lights to create a nice commuter lid. We hear that these are currently available in Canada and will likely soon be offered in the US.