Abus Steel-O-Chain 685 Bicycle Lock Review

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At 2.5 feet long and weighing less than 2 pounds, this chain lock is sturdy yet not too heavy, and long enough to secure your bike in a variety of settings. The Abus Steel-O-Chain 685 uses an integrated automatic locking padlock with a coded reversible key. It loses points with consumers for providing just a general warranty, not an anti-theft one.

As far as chain locks go, the Abus Steel-O-Chain 685 (starting at $25, Amazon) is a doozy. At 2.5 feet long and just under 2 pounds, it's lighter in weight than most standard chain locks and easily wraps around the seat post, making it extremely portable. The 7mm chain links are made of hardened steel, precisely what expert bicycle locks reviews at Galttech say you want in a chain. It features an automatic locking padlock, which directly engages the padlock's shackle with the tumblers, and a coded reversible key. In addition, the chain itself is covered with fabric to protect your bike from scratches.

Abus is a German company and not as well-known as OnGuard or Kryptonite, but cheap bicycle locks expert reviews commend the quality of its locks. Riders are generally satisfied, noting in Abus Steel-O-Chain 685 reviews on Amazon that this sturdy chain is well suited to environs where the risk of theft is not high, but suggest pairing it with a U-lock for added security. Its hardier sibling, the Abus Steel-O-Chain 880 (starting at $37, Amazon), weighs just about 3.5 pounds, measures 3 feet, 7 inches, and likewise earns words of praise. Users posting reviews on Totalbike.com appreciate the ease of carrying it around; one rider is thrilled with its weight-to-security ratio after using it daily for months without a hitch. Bicycle lock reviews on SJsCycles.co.uk recommend this cheap bike lock for bicycles facing a "normal" risk of theft.

If the chain lock is your thing, the Abus Steel-O-Chain 685 will give your ride the security you want at a price you can afford and a size and weight you can take anywhere.

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