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Good casual theft deterrent
on July 27, 2012
Note: if you live in a large city where bike theft is a major problem, keep looking, this isn't for you.
I've used this lock now for about 60 days/250 miles in the city, these are my "post purchase eurphoria" experiences with it. Overall it's a good device, if you can overlook it's minor faults. Considering the form factor and it's restraints, I think they're worth it.
Edit(1): One year/1500 miles later, this is still my every day lock, and it works exactly as well as it did the first day I got it. I regularly recommend this to friends who are looking for something more convenient than a U-Lock.
Edit(2): Two years/3000 miles later (Feb 2014), this is STILL my every day lock. I ride about 60 miles a week round trip total to the office and tie up in the fancy parking garage right next to my office for free! No issues with the lock, build quality etc. It has some minor scuff marks but no cracks, dents or scratches. It still lives in the canvas "cozy" because it rattles in my metal bottle cage. I have a kryptonite U lock but 99/100 times I bring the Kuat bottle lock instead because it's lighter and lives on my bike. I'm buying a second one for my other bike. I've replaced every other accessory (lights, computer, rack, pedals, under-seat bag) but the Kuat is the one item I never needed to replace/upgrade.
Edit(3): FOUR years/5,800 miles later (Mar 2016) even NOW this is STILL my every day lock. The SAME one. I ride about 40 miles a week round trip total these days. I've moved from Dallas to San Francisco, and while I wouldn't leave the bike for more than two hours in the same spot, and certainly not all day every day outside my office, but for going to the local burrito shop, local coffee shop, post office, whatever, I still trust this thing to keep the less fortunate from walking off with my bike, front wheel, etc.I'm a little alarmed that they only sell these in two colors now, makes me think they might be discontinued. I will probably buy another one as a backup, just in case this one ever breaks. I had to hit the external plastic coating with some silicone spray lube to loosen things up a bit, and the (asthetic only) black cap popped off one day when it bounced out of the bottle cage doing 35mph down a hill. Some gorilla glue fixed it right up. Otherwise flawless.
Edit(4): FIVE years/6,500 miles later (April 2017) Bike was stolen, and with it the bottle lock. Bottle lock was great all the way to the last! You will be missed, bottle lock. Would buy another one but they only have them in Pink now. Will have to look around for another white or black one. This is the best lock if you can find one.
If you live in a medium size city or the suburbs and you are looking for a lock to keep kids or homeless people from riding off with your bike while you go in the store for groceries or for lunch, this is a good choice, especially since it doesn't need a special mount. The cable isn't terribly thick - the plastic coating on the outside makes it look thicker than it really is. You couldn't snip it with a pair of wire cutters, but a determined thief could gnaw away at it in 5-10 minutes. Proper cable cutters will make short work of it.
But if all you want is to keep someone from riding off on your bike while you go inside for some Starbucks, this is a great choice. I use this to tie my bike up outside the entrance to the grocery store, the coffee shop by my house, at the park, restaurants, bars and pretty much anywhere else.
Pros: Cable is long enough to run through BOTH wheels + the frame, unusual key design (hard to pick), comes with a spare key. Looks convincing, cable unwinds and winds back up very easily. If it were a spring retract it would likely cost 3x as much and break.
Cons: The pretty shiny white finish of my kuat bottle lock was marred by my water bottle holder in about 10 miles. I've since but another 250 miles on my bike (and lock) since then, and while the actual plastic/lock is in great, like new shape, it no longer looks anything like in the pictures. This is only a "con" if you care what your lock looks like. You might be able to buff out some of these smudges and smears caused by the water bottle holder (mine is metal).
Also, it's rather noisy. What? A lock is noisy? Yes. It's made of hard ABS plastic, like the outer lining of a football helmet. It's also slightly smaller than a real water bottle (it's rigid, so I suppose it needs to be smaller to fit in a wider variety of rigid bottle holders). This rattles like crazy against my metal wire water bottle holder when going over any terrain rougher than smooth blacktop. I ended up making a canvas boot to go around it and nullify most of the noise. If you have a plastic water bottle holder, or it holds bottles particularly tightly, it shouldn't be a problem, but be aware if you have a metal bottle holder.
Finally, it has a screw/unlockable bottom compartment. This thing is a nice thought, but in reality it's kind of a pain in the ass. a) it can't hold anything besides maybe a $20 bill folded + your house key b) anything metal inside this compartment is going to rattle like marbles in a tin can c) if you put your hand on the bottom of the bottle lock to twist the cable back in, the bottom comes unlocked and the whole thing falls out of your hand. I am probably just going to put $10 in here for an emergency and glue this thing shut. I have an under seat bag that does a much better job of holding things.