Friday, July 31, 2009 1.00pm
By Dr Giles Peacroft, Cycling Plus
The Protect A Cycle is the ﬁrst bike store to be awarded the police’s Secured By Design mark, as well as a security rating of 1 from the Loss Prevention Certiﬁcation Board.
It comes ﬂat packed, and you’ll need several hours and a drill to build and secure it to a ﬂat concrete base. There’s a comprehensive manual on the website and all the ﬁxings are included. You’ll need to screw it down though, because it’s not so heavy once in place.
The design is superb: riveted, galvanised steel panels with a ﬂoor insert that covers the ﬁxing bolts and is secured itself by another two bolts and a ground anchor.
It comes with the anchor, two Oxford padlocks – though it’s possible to afﬁx four – another for the inside and a Kryptonite ﬂex cable.
These only reach Sold Secure Silver standard, when some insurance policies demand Gold for expensive bikes, though they might make an exception for the whole Protect a Cycle package.
It would certainly take a conscientious, tooled-up thief considerable time to get in and get away, especially if the cable has been upgraded to a tougher chain.
An included weather strip keeps the elements out, though rainwater clinging to the front face has a tendency to drip inside the box once it’s opened.
It’s unobtrusive and a doddle to use: unbolt, and swing the sprung door up. It easily ﬁts three road bikes with the bars overlapping, some spare wheels and a track pump, with room to spare. And it’s available in green or cream.
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