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KRYPTONITE locks -VS- A bic pen

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by <KEY3>, Sep 22, 2004.

  1. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2
    Looks like the pen wins!!!

    The revelation that a cheap ball-point pen can open the Kryptonite-brand bike lock and other circular-key locks has captured the attention of cyclists around the world. But a Winnipeg locksmith says it's old news to professionals, who have known for years cyclists have been putting too much faith in locks.

    "Any lock in the world can be broken. That's why there are policemen," said the locksmith, who wished to remain anonymous. He added it was no surprise to him that some bike locks are easily picked with a ball-point pen.

    "We've known that for 15 years," he said.

    For the past week, an Internet video showing how to pick the locks was one of the hottest downloads.

    The Kryptonite locks are sold worldwide and are often said to be leaders in the industry.

    Now many bike stores are pulling their supply from the shelves faster than you can download the video.

    "Honestly, to me it seems kind of odd you can pick the lock with a two-cent pen. You'd think Kryptonite would have had their bases covered," said Olympia Cycle & Ski store manager J. L. Russell, who estimated he has sold between 100 and 200 of the locks last year at the store on St. Mary's Road.

    The locks sold for $46.99, with an option to purchase a $1,500 guarantee for an extra $10 to $20.

    Russell has stopped selling the Kryptonite locks, packaged as the Kryptolock, and said he isn't sure what he'll tell his customers.

  2. !@#$%

    [email protected]#$% Moderator Crew

    Joined: Oct 1, 2002 Messages: 18,517 Likes Received: 623
    this has been posted several times now.

    the word is on the street
    people are talking
    the rumor mill is spinning.

    well, in this case all the talk and rumors are true.

    thank gawd i spent the exxxtra dough and copped the motorcycle lock is all i'm sayin.
  3. crave

    crave Veteran Member

    Joined: Jan 20, 2002 Messages: 6,728 Likes Received: 10
    they'll get shitty and mention the word: SEARCH.

    good info to know though, a double couldn't hurt, only help.
  4. !@#$%

    [email protected]#$% Moderator Crew

    Joined: Oct 1, 2002 Messages: 18,517 Likes Received: 623
    the ones with normal keys work fine..


  5. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2
    damn... sorry about that.

    My boss just came in and told me like it was late breaking news....
    plus the article I linked came from a google news story only 4 hours ago.

    but damn..... I have a motorcycle lock too... but with a round key.

    then again.... I never really leave my bike outside.
    It comes with me.... always on my right side.
  6. GLIK$

    GLIK$ Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Jul 23, 2002 Messages: 22,277 Likes Received: 117
    jeeeez agent M...

  7. Kr430n5_666

    Kr430n5_666 Banned

    Joined: Oct 6, 2004 Messages: 19,229 Likes Received: 30
  8. Rodney Trotter

    Rodney Trotter Senior Member

    Joined: Aug 23, 2001 Messages: 1,683 Likes Received: 1
    Hmmm, I've just butchered four perfectly good biros trying to open my Kryptonite-4 with them and didn't manage.

    Anyone know what I'm doing wrong? Has anyone actually done this themselves or is it bullshit?
  9. trackstand

    trackstand Senior Member

    Joined: Jun 21, 2004 Messages: 2,262 Likes Received: 3
    It works and their was already a thread about it...
  10. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2

    sorry.... I couldnt stop myself.
  11. mental invalid

    mental invalid Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 11, 2001 Messages: 13,050 Likes Received: 8
    yeah but the locks are still superman proof...
  12. Fabo 2

    Fabo 2 Member

    Joined: Mar 20, 2002 Messages: 345 Likes Received: 2
    get 2 locks, different brands.
    and take the saddle off any time you leave it on road
  13. Big Bruno

    Big Bruno Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 8, 2001 Messages: 2,472 Likes Received: 70
    i just tried for about 15 minutes to no avail.
  14. High Priest

    High Priest Elite Member

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  15. porque

    porque Senior Member

    Joined: May 5, 2002 Messages: 1,844 Likes Received: 0
    ...you have to be using the right kind of pen for starters...one of those bic crystal pens with the ridged plastic sides...and i don't think it works on all u-locks...it's something to be very mindful of though...