Knog have built up a bit of a reputation of making funky yet practical bike equipment – be it their blinder lights or their Strongman high-security U-locks, the Melbourne-based company is determined to share its Aussie flare with colder climes, and so far they’ve made a pretty good impression on these shores.
Bike locks come in all shapes and sizes these days and Knog have been leading the way. Having said that, the Knog Party Coil bike lock is fairly conventional to look at – a standard cable lock like the ones that have been available for a few decades.
Where’s the party?
As you can tell by the name the Party Frank offers a bit more, through the bright colours it’s available in, such as turquoise, lime, titanium, sky blue or rose, aka bright pink.
The cable itself is strong – with a fibre core, a braided steel cable coated in scratchless PVC, providing durability, and a silicone overmoulded lock housing with one out of one thousand key designs provided.
What’s good about cable locks?
Manufacturers of cable locks have always promoted them for their practicality – they’re compact and can be carried wrapped around your bike frame; and they’re flexible, and can be used when locking your bike to lampposts, fences or traditional bike locks.
The cover of the locks means that they won’t end up scratching your frame. A problem that is sometimes faced when using chain locks.
Aren’t cable locks ridiculously easy to break?
Historically, cable locks do have a bit of a reputation as being easy targets. Although the easiest are cable locks with a code lock, even cable locks could be easily and quickly cut through by bike thieves who knew what they were doing. The packaging for the Knog Party Frank proudly tells us that the lock has a rating of three for security – but rather unhelpfully doesn’t tell us what the maximum score is – It could be three out of three (doubtful) or three out of ten. Who knows?
I’m probably being harsh by associating the Knog locks with the cable locks of years gone by. The description of a fibre core, braided steel cable is certainly reassuring, and the company has a good reputation, particularly for its Strongman U-locks.
Combine with a D or U lock
None the less, I would never leave my bike locked with a cable lock on its own, whether in London or a suburban town. But it’s so important to have good bike locks and confidence in your security measures, and the Knog Party Coil would make a very good secondary lock. But if you use it on your own, I would say you’re asking for trouble.
It looks good – but that’s not enough
Ultimately, a lock looking good just isn’t enough. It needs to be sturdy, reliable and deter thieves. The Knog Party Coil bike lock goes some way to securing your bike, but should never be used in isolation.
- Comes with three keys (Great for those of us who love to lose things)
- Made of strong, braided steel cable
- Cable locks offer minimum security
- Packaging is unclear on security rating
The Knog Party Frank Bike Lock is available from Amazon from £15.29.
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