When it comes to bicycle security, German company ABUS have an excellent and well-deserved reputation.
They were one of the companies we caught up with at a trade show hosted by bicycle parts and distribution company Zyro, where they showcase their new products and ranges for 2014.
ABUS are known for their extensive range of locks, designed for a range of budgets, environments and security levels. They also have a growing range of helmets, aimed predominantly at commuters, but with some interesting additional products.
When it comes to locks, ABUS have all the bases covered, from lightweight locks for low-level security, to full-on bolt-to-the-floor anchors for ensuring your pride and joy stays safely in your garage when it’s not on the road or trail.
ABUS’ range of U-Grip Bordo folding locks sees a few developments this year. These are a great alternative to cable locks; they fold up small and come with a rubber holster that can be attached to pretty much any bike – great for a bit of security if you stop for a coffee or a pint of milk when out on your bike.
Some new colours join the range, and ABUS have even developed an eco friendly option that uses minimal plastics, a natural coating and – slightly weirdly but not unpleasantly – smells of wood!
They are small enough to fit in a pocket, on a belt, or of course on the bike itself.
One feature of ABUS locks we thought was a bit genius is the ‘one key to fit all your locks’ option (that’s not the official name!).
Basically, if you have an ABUS lock, you can ring them up with the serial number on the key to order new locks, and those new ones come compatible with the key you have. Could this mean the end of trying to work out which of the 10 keys on your chain are for which lock.
On the helmet front, ABUS were showcasing their Pedelec Helmet. With a raft of features aimed at the urban cyclist, this could be a great helmet option for the commuters out there.
An integrated triangular LED light on the back of the helmet provides high-level eye-catching visibility in traffic. It also incorporates a rain cover, which is cunningly contained in a small space in the helmet itself, and folds out over the top to keep the weather out.
For the road riders out there we spotted the In-Vizz helmet, which has an integral visor that flips up and down with the twitch of a slider, and can be easily removed and cleaned.