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Abus Ecolution folding bike lock is compact and recyclable


September 27, 2012

Abus' Bordo folding locks use linked bars to secure the bike

Abus' Bordo folding locks use linked bars to secure the bike

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The new Abus Bordo 6000 Ecolution is a folding bike lock with an environmental twist. At the end of the lock's usable life, it can be broken down and fully recycled. The lock makes the already eco-friendly activity of cycling that much friendlier.

Abus Bordo folding locks have been on the market for years. Each metal lock folds into a compact package that can be mounted to the bike frame or carried in a backpack. The lock unfolds into a series of riveted links that offer flexible locking configurations. The Bordo line features a number of different models designed for different levels of security.

At last month's Eurobike show, Abus released the Bordo 6000 Ecolution, which brings a little extra eco cred to the Bordo series. When it's time to retire the lock, it can be broken down into its individual components and recycled. Abus also uses eco-friendly coatings for the lock bars and lock body.

Being able to recycle the Bordo 6000 may serve you well. Reviews are mixed, but some say that the lock's joints are easy to manipulate and break. A review published by BikeRadar said that the rivet popped off within just 46 seconds of tampering. So, you might just be recycling those lock components sooner than you think. To be fair, Abus describes the Bordo 6000 as a "medium theft risk" lock, and it's probably ample in short-term, high-traffic scenarios where a deterrent will suffice.

The Abus uGrip plus 501

If you're looking for something beefier, Abus also debuted the uGrip plus 501 at Eurobike. It describes that model as the "securest of locks in the uGrip family."

Source: Abus

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I have been riding bicycles since I was three, and in thirty years I've never worn out a lock of decent quality. I've lost a few (to friends, or due to moving), but at no time did I think "It's time to replace this lock".

It seems to me that this is a solution in search of a problem, although the poor security would appear to be the problem it's looking for.

Frank van Schie

The Bordo is indeed a piece of junk. It's just too easy to break. A lot of bikes are stolen because of that cheap lock.

For something stronger and still compact, get mini-D/U locks from Kryptonite, OnGuard, or Abus. For the same price + weight, you can even use two of them on your pricey bike.

Freyr Gunnar

"Being able to recycle the Bordo 6000 may serve you well" Really? Is this what's filling up all those landfills? Old bicycle locks? Well no wonder we have such a problem! Come on...recyclable bike locks? sheesh!


If you lock your bike like the picture, the front wheel would go missing easily.


A standard master padlock and chain are 100 percent recyclable as well, but my bike will still be where I put it.


MrGadget > If you lock your bike like the picture, the front wheel would go missing easily.

Get locking skewers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_lock#Locking_skewers

Freyr Gunnar
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