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Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Mini Lock
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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful
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.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2011
First off if you are reading this you must be after a serious bike lock, and lets be honest we all want something that keeps our bicycle ours.

I had my old lock for 15 years but a recent spate of bike thefts in my home town kinda got me to thinking it might be worth getting something a little more serious, its a well known fact that if a bike theif is serious about getting your bike they will use whatever they have to to steal it, because bike thieves are b*stards. with this thought in mind i did a bit of research and decided on the Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit mini lock, catchy name.
The lock itself is quite heavy, its in fact the kinda heavy that you can't get a mount for it, i quite like the weight it means that when you leave the house you know its in your bag because the difference is massive, this is a bad thing if you are doing a bit of shopping as lock + cat food and pasta is a very heavy rucksack.
I was at first a little worried about the size but my old lock seemed to have a massive empty space and i figured i don't need that space, i did draw out the size of the lock so i could try and see weather i could live with it... As a point of note the sizes (8.3cm x 153cm) is the internal space i.e. the space inside the D shape. Also the quoted 18mm size of the U bit is the actual metal diameter so with the vinyl cover thats closer to 21mm. The big bar part is massive... like the size of a popular energy drink with a male cow on the can.

As for the lock in use i have to say its good, my bike is still mine so thats always a good start. Minor points to note are the lock itself can (i've read this but not experienced it) move a bit, what i mean is the levers inside misplace and the key won't slide in properly. Again i have not had this happen so its kinda a none point. The one thing i will say is you need to make sure the key is fully into the lock for the key to unlock it, but that is the same for all locks.
Not sure if this is of any help to anyone but i just thought i'd type it out.

cheers, Mark
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2011
Having pretty much waited for long enough for the price of this to drop from the 99-110 i'd seen it at for yrs, i found a bargin at 45. Best money spent on a lock so far. Even at the quoted 60, i'd say it is a lot of lock for the money - but with limitations. Peace of mind is the main pluspoint, because that 2kg.... i'm not small and i'm used to carrying big packs, but this thing has weight and you feel it. So it does not lend itself to trips away for example. But it's ideal if youtravel to one place, or leave your bike outside regular and can perhaps leave it locked there for when you need it - but this defeats the object of the 'mini'. As mentioned elsewhere, i concur that the insides,if used in allweathers as all my locks have to be, does cause problems if not looked after from time to time. The lockingballs have stucka couple of times for me, but i'm positive that this is because ofthe extremes of weather. I've even dropped my lock off a bridge with the key in it; the key shattered but everything else survived intact.

If you want portability, and are not in a high crime spot, i'd go with the Kryptonite Evolution Mini Lock with Bracket; It's more rucksack friendly. Otherwise, and you can spare 60.. i don't see better out there without getting a lot bigger.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2010
Small enough to carry around and feels pretty safe. The only problem I would mention is that the small size can be a pain if you want to attach bike and rear wheel to something slightly bigger than the average bike rack. However, I have always been able to find something to attach it to, so this is only a minor inconvenience. If you only park your bike outside on daylight, and the area is not a really heavy bike theft one, I would consider the evolution. Heavy piece of equipment this one.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2010
Just got mine today and was impressed by how sturdy (and heavy) it is. The keys are also pretty thick which is not always the case with bike locks, I have found on a few occasions that it is often the key that lets the lock down because they are too flimsy. I think I will have to find a couple of new places to lock my bike because the size of this would prohibit its use on some of my usual anchor points. I,m glad I bought this lock because it inspires confidence and it must be worth the extra for peace of mind..the thieves would really struggle with this lock and more than likely seek an easier target. If you are considering this check all the reviews on its competitors and you will find this lock is the bees knees.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2015
1. My bikes not been stolen yet, touch wood. so I can't say if it is totally thief proof, but it is very robust, VERY robust

2. Having said that, it should be noted that this lock is also VERY heavy. Which is obviously to do with it's reputation as the worlds toughest lock

Cons: My grievance with it, seeing as it IS so robust, why did they put such a finicky feeble key-lock on it. It is very hard to lock/unlock. They key seems so fragile I am afraid I might snap it off, they know this as they include a sticker warning people to make sure the key is properly aligned etc.

Tough? Yes, Heavy? Yes,
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2014
I recently built an new road bike and as I live in an Area with quite a lot of theft on the bike department I did some research to try and find the best possible lock I could. However, remember that no bike lock is 100% safe as rotatory cuts can always be used to destroy it. It is very sturdy and as so very heavy, size is just perfect for a road bike and allows no space left for a car jack to be used. It is to small for my mountain bike however so be aware. Given the weight you probably want to leave it where you normally park
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2010
I bought this lock as a replacement for a D-lock that I was sold with my new bike. Within 3 days of using my new bike someone tried to have a go at the original D-lock. Luckily they didn't get my bike but the lock was damaged and unusable afterwards. After some research I discovered the Kryptonite New York mini lock. Its an excellent lock, not only sturdy and secure but also a great deterrent. I don't think any bike thieves have even sniffed at my bike since I started using the lock.

On a down side what I would say is that being a "mini" lock means its a very snug fit to get it around my bike frame and the rack I'm attaching it to, as such some of the thicker racks are impossible to attach it too. Also, I do use the lock with a cable around my wheels which adds to the security but it also adds to the weight of the hardware, and this lock is pretty heavy.

Saying all that I would rather have the piece of mind that comes with the extra weight. Not a lock for casual cyclists but excellent for a daily bike user who needs security.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 28 August 2010
While this lock is undoubtedly secure I was disappointed that it did not come with a holster for the bike. I am a London cycle commuter so I either have to leave the lock locked up where I park my bike and use another lock I can take with the bike for use at my end distenation or use a backpack to haul this heavy lock around. I would say that this lock is very good at securing your bike where you routinely leave it overnight if the bike is expensive and/or the area targetted by professional thieves, but it does not lend itself to a stop / park / cycle type of lifestyle in my opinion.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2010
I decided to get this lock after the boys over on LFGSS forum couldn't find anything to moan about with it!! It must be good, I thought.....I am not dissapoint ;O)

From the pleasant heft in your hand, to the brash yellow 'Don't even think about it' colour, you know your pride and joy is as safe as it can be.......sure, If the scrotes have power tools, nothing is unbreakable, but if this is on your steed,as opposed to something inferior on the poor bike next to your's, then they will more than likely have a go at the other one.

Even though it is 'mini', it is 'maxi' when it comes to looking after your bike and deterring thieves.

Get one and relax
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