- PSA Aldi motorbike lock
For £8 these are great as a bit of a deterrent/warning in a shed/garage as wellPosted 4 years ago
Keep forgetting to turn mine off before I walk in, it’s quite loud!iamroughriderMember
They are good for the price. Heavy bit of kit. Well designed loop system. Not too long etc. However check the lock barrel’s. I think these may be the same as ones I’ve had in the past. The barrel is seperated at two or three points. I had some eejit trying to pick mine and they’d knocked the internal barrel pieces out of synch in the process, and I struggled to get the original key back in. 10 anxious minutes on my knees, on a busy road, cursing and fiddling around and I got it in just – wouldn’t want a repeat of that. On the positive it would be hard to break it free though and you could maybe get some similar but different locks, maybe. Just a heads up. The design may have changed though and the lock seems ok if it’s galvanised/hardened as I think the chain may be too. Also you’d probably struggle to find a similar chain alone for that price. Should also be fine with just the original key used.Posted 4 years agospooky_b329Member
I bought two of these last year, when I realised how useful they were I went back and got another two!
You can arrange them like so:
Means you can lock a pile of bikes together, either just noosed around the end bikes, or through a ground anchor either end. I still lock my wife’s full suss to mine with a ‘premium’ chain but the Aldi locks run through with the cheap bikes either side which just makes the heap a bit more unattractive to tackle.
Since taken one to work but might buy another two as they are bargain. If you want to use them like this, check the final link will slot through the link of the other chain, I did but one of my chains will only slide inside the other, not over. Some of the links wouldn’t fit at all.Posted 4 years agospooky_b329Member
I’ve also knocked the barrel out of sync after trying all four keys to my four locks in a spare padlock! Once I’d matched the other three to their padlocks it just took a bit of wiggling to get the correct key in…think I had to just keep turning the key as it went in. Didn’t realise the barrel was split so makes sense now. I use different padlocks with it anyway.Posted 4 years agoaugustuswindsockSubscriber
I bought one last time around too, use it when the bikes are on the bike rack, a guy i Know also had one when his garage was broken into, the lock was smashed quite easily apparently, and his mtbs went the journey, so might be worth investing in a superior lock to go with the chain!Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Do be realistic about those, like most other chains a thief with the right kit will go through it in near-silence, faster than you can undo it with the key. OTOH, since so many people don’t bother to secure their bikes, it’s probably quite likely that if a thief does visit you they don’t have the right kit- and in that case, paying £10 for one will be a huge bargain.
(on the other other hand, you could easily spend £100 on a chain from a “quality brand” and get something that’s no more effective)Posted 4 years agobelugabobMember
Got a couple for a friend, today (Thanks for your tip-off elsewhere, spooky_b329) and they seem fairly decent for a tenner.
Can anybody suggest a suitable replacement padlock, if the supplied ones are so suspect?iamroughrider wrote:
10 anxious minutes on my knees, on a busy road, cursing and fiddling around and I got it in just – wouldn’t want a repeat of that.
That’s a new take on kerb crawling.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
That’s not what I said! They’re not very good, but not very good is often all you need because “not very good” is still a little better than “nothing at all”. It’s like swimming with sharks, you don’t need to be faster than teh shark, you just need to be faster than the next guy 😉
And lots of more expensive brands are no better, so you end up spending 10 times more, for no improvement.
Good products are available, though, so if it’s important to you that your bike is actually secure, get one of those. Pragmasis or Almax or whatever else has come along in the meantime, I’m out of date.Posted 4 years agotomasoSubscriber
All locks can be broken and all you are doing is making it harder, is essentially what Northwind is saying.
Blatant thievery is easier than you may think and a Stihl saw will chomp through anything. The only thing comparable to the thieves blatant actions is the apathy of the public.Posted 4 years agojonnoukMember
I’m with northwind on this. I bought it to go along with my Oxford Hardcore xl, abus & hardened chain for my motorbikes. It’s to slow them and down and get bored. This chain might buy me 30seconds, or if I can place the lock away from the floor (to avoid hammer attacks), even longer.Posted 4 years ago
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