“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cable lock for bicycles „
I decided to get a bike to travel to and from the supermarket when I'm at university... not only does it save me £1.70 each way on the bus but I may also get fitter too! In order to keep it safe outside the shop I decided to invest in a bike lock.
Ideally, I wanted a bike lock without a key because I could guarantee I'd lose it and have no access to my bike! I also wanted a flexible lock that could protect both the frame and front wheel. When I came across the 'Tesco Activequipment 1.8M Combination Lock' it ticked both boxes so I bought one straightaway.
This lock has a combination device featuring four numbers which I think is a great advantage because normally there are only three digits and thus make it that little bit easier to break the code! When you first get your lock it is set to 0000 but with the simple instruction booklet included you can change that combination to whatever you like. I tend to change mine every couple of weeks anyway for added protection.
The lock is made from steel, which makes it quite heavy, but it gives it that robust and strong feel that you would expect from a secure lock. The metal is encased in a black plastic to protect your skin against any sharp parts. This also makes it good for all weathers... i.e. preventing rust on the metal. The lock is very easy to manoeuvre around the frame and wheels. When I am cycling I tend to tie it underneath the seat and this lock allows for that, without it affecting the movement of the bike. Furthermore, if you wish to store it away the lock coils into a circle and there is a Velcro tie included to keep the rings together.
The lock measures 1.8 meters, which is the right length for my securing my bike to its location. I have never had any problems fastening the lock together... there has always been enough length to accommodate this.
I have been using my lock for a year now, and so far my bike has not been stolen! The lock is still in good condition and I will continue to use it - that is until someone guesses my combination or puts a hefty pair of pliers to it! The lock costs £8 from Tesco stores (meaning you also get clubcard points!), but I would imagine you could find a similar one in other supermarkets. I think it is a fair price to pay for a sturdy bike lock and I would definitely get one again, should the need arise.
I am giving this lock four out of five because it gives me piece of mind when I use my bike... but my bike was a cheap second-hand model! I would not deem this lock suitable for an expensive mountain or racing bike and I would advise you invest in something more sturdy and pricey.
To save money and to also improve my fitness I have begun cycling to work and one of the items I needed to invest in before starting to do so was some form of lock. Whilst in my local Tesco I came across this simple and reasonably priced bike lock and decided it was worth a punt. It has proven to be secure and gives me the peace of mind of locking by bike up in the designated area outside the office without fear of it not being there when I get back. You can pay much more for more sophisticated looking locks but why should you when this more than does the job!
The main thing that appealed first and foremost was how sturdy the steel frame felt on the lock. Some brands feel light and flimsy and as if they could easily be ripped off with the bare hands but this doesn't. It has a weight to it that inspires confidence and its much better made and more solid than similar priced items from other brands. The cable is just under 2m thus being very long is flexible and adaptable so you can lock up and protect your bike in a variety of ways. The cord is tough and solid and with it springing back into a coil, this makes it easy to store and carry around.
I have had no issues being able to lock the bike up tightly, it has remained secure and there is no way this lock can be removed without the code. Its just too darn solid. I have had no issues either with transporting it around as the way it coils back makes it so easy to slip into a bag or tie round the seat of my bike. Ideal lock making protecting the bike easier!
I am prone, very prone to loosing keys as well so the fact that this bike uses a combination lock, meaning you input four numbers to get it off, is very handy.
Costing £6.99 this is a bargain that will ensure all round protection and safety to your wheels!
I have had a nice mountain bike for about 4 years now, and more recently I have started using it a lot more due mainly in part to my own desire to improve my fitness, and do something to help the environment, but also due to the high escalating fuel prices.
My main journeys are to and from the gym, which is about a 6 mile round trip, and to and from local shops and friends houses, which range from 1 mile to 3 mile round trips.
It was always my intention when I first purchased my bike to use it for local journeys, but to do this it was important to make sure that the bike is safe when I leave it outside the gym, or outside shops etc. and so I decided to buy a bike lock.
My bike was not that expensive at all, and has easily paid back the money that I paid for it, by the amount of fuel it has saved me, but it would be very annoying if someone was to steal it! My bike does have a quick release front wheel, and so one of the key things when looking for a lock, was something that would be long enough to protect the frame of the bike and the front wheel at the same time. Also I did not want a lock that needed a key, as it is often very easy to lose a key when cycling around, and this would cause be big problems!
After a quick look around on the Internet I opted for a bike lock from Tesco, named the 'Activequipment 1.8M Combination Lock. As you can probably guess just from the name of this bike lock, it instantly ticked the boxes for me.
The Activequipment lock is made from steel, and is black in colour. It has a good strong feel to it, and is quite heavy in weight as would be expected from a product of this type.
It is 1.8 meters in length, making it plenty long enough for me to wrap around the main frame of the bike, whilst incorporating the front (quick release) wheel, and leaving enough length to fasten to a firm object such as the bike locking frames at the gym, or a lamppost outside a shop. The beauty of this long length of cable on the lock is that it re-coils itself up into a nice easy to manage shape (as pictured above), making it simple to store when not in use, around the part of the bikes frame where the seat is connected i my case.
The lock itself is a combination lock, meaning that there is a code that needs to be made before the lock will open. There are 4 digits to the code, which apparently gives a possibility of 10,000 different codes that anybody trying to crack the code would potentially need to try before the lock would open.
Overall this lock has served me very well, and is still in pretty good condition. For the price of around £8 from Tesco (don't forget the club card points too),this is a very good buy. I'm sure that if someone was absolutely intent on stealing my bike, that they probably still could given the right equipment, but this could probably be said about most locks.
I have used this lock on many occasions now, and it has never let me down. Unfortunately due to the heavy weight of the lock and cable, it has scratched my bike frame under the seat a little bit where I store it while riding the bike. This is something that could be avoided though if the lock is stored elsewhere in a bike bag, or ruck sack for example.
I did also find after a spell out in the rain, that the lock combinations became a little stiff, and almost rusty like, but after a quick spray of WD40 they soon eased up again, and I tend to give the moving dials on the lock a quick spray with WD40 every few months to keep them moving freely.
It is probably also worth mentioning that this lock could be used for all sorts of other purposes, not just for locking a bike up, but the list is probably way to long to mention. I have used mine for just 1 other reason during the time I have had it, and that was when I purchased 4 large gas bottles in bulk last winter, and I had heard that one of my nighbours had done the same, and 2 of his full bottles had been stolen. My lock worked perfectly to lock all 4 bottles together, fastened tightly to a fence post, and they stayed safe throughout the winter.
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Where I live I would say over the years we have had quite a low crime rate. However in more recent years the area has slowly gone down hill. Although it's still a decent area to live I am certainly a little more cautious when it comes to my possessions. In my garage there are a couple of bikes, they are not overly good bikes nor are they overly valuable, however I would rather them not be stolen. So that's where a handy bike lock comes in. I didn't want to spend a fortune on a bike lock so that's where the Tesco Bike Lock came to the rescue.
The Tesco bike lock comes in black/gray and is made from steel. This is a combination lock with ten thousand different possible combinations. So the chances of a would be bike thief coming along and guessing the right combination would be pretty low. The lock is basically a bog standard cheap lock. It works reasonably well without being anything special. It's not particularly light weight, so if you are planning on carrying this around with you and locking up your bike in different locations, it may not be the best lock for your needs.
The lock is pretty strong but I would say if a criminal really wanted to steel my bikes he would not have that hard a time getting past the lock. However, it will prevent them pesky kids from wandering into my garage and helping themselves to my bikes. The combination is easy to set up and the lock is easy to use and open as long as you remember the code. Where I use the lock it is protected from the elements, if it were out in the rain and wind I'm not sure how long it would really last. The fact is this is quite a cheap lock so you may find it will not last overly long if left out in the rain.
The lock was only around £8 so it certainly is not overly expensive. For my needs it does a decent enough job. I know other people who use either this lock or very similar ones to chain up gates and a few other bits and pieces. So even though this is advertised as a bike lock there are plenty of other things you could no doubt use it for.
Overall then I would have to say this is a decent enough product. A Tesco bike lock is never going to be anything special. If you have expensive bikes or maybe live in an area where people are likely to try and steal your bike then this may not be the ideal lock for you. I would say spend a little but more money and buy a better one if this is the case. However, if like me you just want a simple lock to keep petty thieves away then this Tesco bike lock should be more than adequate for your needs. A decent lock then but nothing special.
I bought this bike lock a couple of years ago as I needed a lock to keep my bike safe when I went swimming as I decided to ride to and from swimming to save time. I saw this lock as both part of a kit and by itself and as I didn't need the rest of the stuff in the kit I just bought the lock by itself for about £4.
The one I have is slightly different to the one pictured as it has a lock and key rather than the combination lock. The lock and cable is black in colour with the locking mechanism being covered in a hard plastic and the metal cable being covered by a hard plastic sheeth. At the top of the cable by the lock there is a clip that can be used to attach the lock to your bike frame so you have somewhere to store it whilst riding. I never use this though as I find it easier to put it in my bag. The lock comes with 2 keys that are 5cm long. The lock fits into the side of the mechanism and the part that slots into the lock is 3cm long and 1cm in diameter. The cable is 1.5m long, which makes it easy to wrap around your bike and objects to keep your bike safe. When you aren't using the cable, it coils itself up automatically into a coil that is 6cm x 10cm.
Since having this lock, it has never been tampered with or broken which has been great luck on my part. I have found that despite being a cheap lock, it provides a solid deterrent against thieves and gives you some piece of mind. I have found that it is easy to store and easy to use and has only required a small application of oil each winter to keep it working smoothly.
When this one breaks, I will definitely look at a similar lock again as for the money it has been a great purchase. I only every use this lock on my cheaper bike as that is less likely to be stolen. I would never use it on my more expensive road/racing bike as that is more likely to be stolen and so I would buy a more expensive lock (I.e Kryptonite lock) for a better protection.
If you are looking for a reasonably cheap lock that provides a basic level of security for your bike then this is a good buy. I don't think they make this actual lock anymore, but I know they do make a combination lock for about £6 which I assume should be of similar price and quality.
I am going to rate this only 3/5 as despite being a good lock for its price, it is no substitute to a more expensive and theft-proof lock.
I am quite sure that I would be able to cut through this with a hacksaw in about 5-10 mins, whereas with a better lock I wouldn't. If you do have a bike that you don't want stolen then I would highly recommend that you pay a bit extra a buy a brand that is recognised by insurers. Generally, any lock that is recommended and covered by insurers will have the words "Sold Secure" and then Bronze, Silver or Gold standard rating. The value of your bike will depend on which standard you go for. Generally it is best to check this with your insurer if your bike is insured. Hope this helps, if you want any more advice then please post a comment.
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