Kryptonite NY Fahgettaboudit U-Lock Review

This heavy duty lock is Kryptonite's monster. Weighing 5 pounds and made with 18 millimeters of hardened steel, the Kryptonite NY Fahgettaboudit U-Lock boasts the largest diameter shackle of any mini U-lock on the market, making it virtually impossible to break with tools. The crossbar is equally menacing with its disc-style cylinder lock, a double deadbolt locking mechanism, center keyway, and even more hardened steel in a sleeve that covers the steel shackle to prevent scratching. As if the lock could be busted, Kryptonite offers a $4,500 anti-theft protection warranty just in case.

Bike Magazine champions the Fahgettaboudit; in his Kryptonite NY Fahgettaboudit U-Lock review, the writer says he's used this bicycle lock for three months with no problems but recommends combining it with a cable lock to harness the wheels. Following a comparative test of bike locks, a bicycle lock review on Slate.com rates this lock tops in security, giving it a 19 out of 20 only because of a loose spring inside the crossbar. This review approvingly notes that it's small and easy to carry but appears daunting to thieves; the reviewer seconds the comment in Bike Magazine about the Kryptonite NY Fahgettaboudit U-Lock being too small to secure the bike's wheels.

This is one excellent lock. If only it were a cheaper we could add it to our list of top picks.

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