Oxford 'Mini T' Disc Lock Review

Recently I decided to upgrade the security of my motorcycle a little and buy a disc lock.

I always find it quite hard to choose a lock when I'm shopping around for one because they all boast similar levels of toughness and reliability.  As it turns out, my other-half was also looking for one when he found this lock by Oxford listed on eBay at half price.  I just can't help myself when I see a good bargain!








My one was half price at £12 only because it had a teeny tiny patch of damp on the carry pouch. The other attraction about this lock is in the name - it's mini!  Super handy for fitting in my pocket for when I want to nip out on the bike without a bag.

The 'Mini T' normally retails at around £20 which I think is still a very reasonable price for a lock that is so small and convenient!

What kind of security do you have for your motorcycle when you're out and about? 
Do you take the risk with just your steering lock or always come well-prepared?

9 comments:

RichardM said...

In Alaska, most don't even bother to lock anything. I've looked at disc locks for use while travelling outside the state but haven't done anything. I don't even know if the steering lock works on my old bike...

Is bike theft a real problem? If so, do the thieves part out the bikes or sell them intact?

Lizzie Lane said...

Yeah, unfortunately there seems to be a lot of reports of thefts or attempted thefts in Bedfordshire and the surrounding counties.

I wouldn't consider Bedford to be 'rough' place, but when I go out I just like to be better safe than sorry!

Beezer Bob said...

I use steering lock and then chain throught frame and wheel.Disc locks are ideal but I only have drums on my bike.

Arthur Yarwood said...

Just don't forget to remove it before pulling off! Heard too many stories of people forgetting, trashing discs, brakes, forks or just suddenly stopping and falling flat on their side!

In London, bike theft is rife. I use a Pragmasis 16mm chain and Squire padlock. I have a Torc ground anchor set into the concrete drive at home. The bike is also fitted with a Meta alarm/immobiliser. With chains, avoid the crappy little Oxford/Kryptonite ones. Most would be thieves carry 42" cropper, whose jars open about 14mm. Thus you need at least a 16mm or ideally a 19mm chain. The determined thief could still use hydraulic cutters, pick the lock, remove a wheel or attack the item your chained to. But all of which takes longer and is more effort. So long as your bike is super desirable, you just need to be harder to steal than other bikes!

George Ferreira said...

I recently bought a similar lock but haven't used it yet. Usually if spending the night in a motel I just use the ignition lock and park the bike close to the entrance.
At home it's inside a garage. On my trip to Alaska I never even locked it once.

Anonymous said...

I have this one. Love it for how easy it fits in my pocket

Rob said...

Agree with arthur make sure you have a reminder cord :)

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Dean Baker said...

Great post. This seems like a really cool new lock.

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