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Solid lock with minor drawbacks
on 17 November 2009
I'm a cautious type who's happy to spend money to feel confident that I'll find my bike where I left it. I was a bit concerned that the Fahgettaboudit shackle might be too small, but I can count on one hand the number of times over the past six months that I've had trouble finding something suitable to lock to. It's slightly more tricky with my mountain bike than my road one, but that's to be expected with mountain tyres and seat stays being a bit wider. If you buy this lock, though, it's probably because you know you really want to fill the shackle every time to frustrate crowbar and bottle jack attacks. You will always fill it, but it seems they put in the effort to make it exactly the right size to fit in "Hal Ruzal" way - around the seat stays, the wheel and the street furniture you're locking to. It fits around every UK bike rack I've ever used. There are only ever a few millimetres to spare, but they're always there. The lack of wiggle room and the chunkiness of the shackle and body would make me move straight on if I were a thief (even after you strip off the plastic all lock manufacturers put on to make locks look bigger than they really are). Being the cautious type I also have an Abus Granit 54 Plus (my locks probably weigh half as much as my road bike, but I have to lock it in some very high-crime places!) and the shackle space in that seems pointlessly huge in comparison.
You can probably predict some of the downsides if you've done your homework. At 2kg it's not light, but you soon forget about the weight and a light lock is a false sense of security anyway. Don't consider it as 2kg but rather as 1kg heavier than what you would otherwise carry. It's also not cheap, but as I said, I'm happy to pay to feel confident. I tend to ride the same small number of routes every week so I know where to lock up, but if you want more freedom you might find it takes too long to find somewhere suitable. Less predictable downsides for me were that it doesn't seem to have a Sold Secure rating in the UK (unlike its sister product, the Fahgettaboudit chain & padlock), meaning some insurance companies effectively ignore it (my other reason for pairing it with a Granit). It also comes without any frame mounting bracket; I believe there are third party options but at this price you'd really expect one to be thrown in for free. I have two minor problems with the mechanism, too. After a little exposure to inclement weather it gets a little superficial rust on the part of the shackle inside the body. This causes it to seize up when you try to open it. Periodic oiling (or WD-40-ing) sorts that out though. The key-retaining feature can also feel a little over-zealous when you're in a hurry - it needs to be at exactly the right angle to open or to release the key.
Overall, though, I consider these minor downsides - I'm happy with it, and would certainly recommend it to a friend.