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Master Lock's Street Cuff is basically a pair of handcuffs for your bike. One end goes round the frame and the other round a Sheffield stand, railing or other bit of street furniture. There's a hefty rotating linkage joining the two cuffs together and the whole thing is made from hardened laminated steel.
Attacking this lock is a tricky task. you can't twist it because of the articulated joint in the middle, and you can't lever it open because the small diameter of the cuffs means the standard tools won't fit inside. We gave it a good old go with the big croppers but only managed some cosmetic damage, and trying to prise the rivets apart wasn't successful either; it survived the full 5 minutes intact, and the locking mechanisms still worked too.
What you can't do, obviously, is lock your wheels up too; at least not without carrying a cable to slot through the cuff. That's a disadvantage, and so is the fact that the design does limit your locking options a bit. Neither is insurmountable though, and if you want a decent town/pub lock then the Street Cuff is certainly worth considering.
The Cuffs aren't particularly heavy at 1175g and they fold down pretty small too; they come with a bottle cage mount as well which is handy. They're not cheap at RRP but a quick dart online suggests you can have a set for about £50, and at that kind of money they're good value.
Innovative and secure bike lock for town duties
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Make and model: Masterlock Street Cuff lock
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
# High security 3" (7.5cm) cuffs allow locking to a parking meter, fence posts or another bike
# Pivoting Link prevents a fixed anchor point, taking away the use of leverage to defeat
# Hardened laminated steel construction with hardened pivot link is virtually impossible to cut
# 12" (30cm) long for convenient locking
# Compact design folds in half to fit in seat bag, back pack or pocket
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well: hard to attack and didn't succumb to our thieves' armoury
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The design makes it hard to attack
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
It can be fiddly to lock your bike up; you can't lock the frame and wheels
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 38 Height: 190cm Weight: 98kg
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium with SRAM Apex
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.