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New Messenger Lock Series From Kryptonite

It appears the staff of Kryptonite, makers of heavy duty and innovative bike locks, have gotten together with NYC’s elder statesmen (and women) of the messenger community.

Kevin “Squid” Bolger, Heather Muller and Greg Ugalde have given their input, from people who rely on their bikes not being stolen and use them on a [...]

Instagram contest to win Kryptonite lock.

Congratulations to Jamieson Provan (@jdoggny) for winning our Kryptonite twitter giveaway. By answering a trivia question planted in one of my blog postings, Jamieson won this:

Kryptonite’s classic mini u-lock in a 40th anniversary limited edition ruby red.

So now, we’re going to have another contest to give away this:

Kryptonite’s [...]

Pocket full of Kryptonite–Lock(s) giveaway on twitter and instagram

About the title of this post==I mean who doesn’t miss the Spin Doctors?

I’ve only had two bikes stolen (that were locked to a structure or object) within the 21 years I’ve been riding in NYC. Neither of which have been with a Kryptonite lock, which has been a leader in bike security for decades. This is not to say there aren’t other reliable manufactures out there or that not having this particular brand was the only reason my bikes were stolen. Rather it’s been the name brand I’ve always gravitated towards and been the most readily available in NYC. When I was a messenger in the early 90′s the insider street knowledge was you either had the big Kyrptonite chain & lock or your bike got stolen. They’ve also been super active on the bike culture front and provided lots of free prizes for alleycat races and other events.

Kryptonite’s generosity trickled down to little ol me and they recently sent me two care packages.

The first came when I inquired about getting spare keys for the five chains and u-locks I have owned for years. I’ve lost one to many key sets in the past and didn’t want to be caught unable to get my locks open.

Kryptonite responded with full spare sets and all they needed was the numbers written on each key. (word of advice–write these numbers down or register on-line)

The care package included a ton of stickers, a water bottle, their new transit H-Bar handlebar mount and a limited edition 40th anniversary U-lock.
I was really excited about their evolution series 4 Mini-5 U-Lock, which has come out in limited supply to celebrate 40 years of bike security perfection.

This is the same trusted lock as the as part of their evolution series (the signature orange color) with 13mm hardened steel shackle that slides into one end of the crossbar. The lock has a small key hole which is strategically placed in a reinforced cuff so as not to be easily pried upon by thieves. Weighing 770g or 2.1 pounds, this is the smallest lock in the series. It’s perfect for slipping in a back pocket or in a u-lock holder on the belt of a hip pouch (Fabrichorse.com) I use this lock to secure my back wheel to the frame. Its not long enough to fit around a standard NYC street sign and go through the frame and front wheel so it’s definitely used as a secondary lock. They do however make longer models to accommodate frame and wheel, as well as bigger locking options. Many urban riders only want to carry u-locks to avoid more bulky chains.
mini ulock 1

The lock riding hipside or sticking out of a back pocket has become an icon of urban bike fashion and is such a classic design that Kryptonite’s K-4 lock is on permanent display in the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) design collection. I felt rather nostalgic (or maybe old) that this was an anniversary edition with a flashy ruby red color on the crossbar.

Check out contest details on the next page.

Continue reading Pocket full of Kryptonite–Lock(s) giveaway on twitter and instagram

Stolen bikes are on the rise…Lets up our game.

Bike theft. Such a tragedy, especially when we loose our childhood friends…take the recent case of Bridget who had a bicycle stolen recently.

Bridget contacted me that her teal green Diamond Back mountain bike was stolen on July 29th between 2pm-11pm near the L stop in Williamsburg Brookyln. Even sadder was this was [...]

Stolen bike-Green Third Ward NYCbike

Michael Auerbach, is an associate with Rankin and Taylor who I like to call the bicycle lawyers…I mean need I say more: His wife Lindsay had her green NYCBike 3rdward bicycle stolen yesterday, (7/25/12) early in the morning on Huron street between Manhattan and Franklin. (Greenpoint, Brooklyn)

Be on the look out.

There [...]

Philly bike racks-suck

Remember back when you could pop a Kryptonite lock with a bic pen? I hope those going down to the Philly Bike Expo at the end of the month, plan on bringing their bikes inside.

From Evan Watkey’s blogs Bits and Bikes. [...]

Report backs from Interbike

There have been a lot of good report backs from this year’s interbike in Las Vegas.

Prolly’s been all over it, giving good commentary on new products and loading his site with photos and information.

Also Urban Velo, has had tons of postings about this years show.

Go to their full [...]

Cranksgiving is November 21st.

The annual alleycat that races to get food to feed the hungry.

cranksgiving.org

Here is a lengthy press release: CRANKSGIVING 11 November 21, 2009 2pm Madison Square Park, New York City

For over a decade, the New York Bike Messenger Foundation (NYBMF), a 501(c) 3, has successfully organized Cranksgiving, a charitable [...]