Bikehut 90cm chain and padlock review

Simply not man enough

BikeRadar score1.5/5

At first glance this lock appears to be the same as the Squire DCL1/J13 and, at £10 cheaper, we thought we were onto a potential bargain.

The padlock looks very similar – although visually the metal isn’t quite so bright, but that seemed to just be a matter of finish – and it's a similar weight.

However, we were disappointed: we cropped through the BikeHut’s links in just 10 seconds with our short bolt croppers – a poor performance compared with the Squire version or other chain links of a similar size.

The material in the links seems to be the problem: it’s soft and compresses easily, like a steel alloy that hasn’t been hardened.

It has the look of a tough, high security product and is relatively cheap, but the sad truth is that it isn’t a bargain, as you’ve got the inconvenience of a heavy chain to lug around if you use it out and about, but without the strength of a quality chain.

Warren Rossiter

Senior Technical Editor
Approaching two decades of testing bikes, Warren can be found on a daily basis riding and exploring the road and off roads of Wiltshire's Salisbury Plain in the UK. That's when he's not travelling the world to test the latest kit, components and bikes.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 188cm / 6'2''
  • Weight: 92kg / 203lb
  • Waist: 86cm / 34in
  • Chest: 112cm / 44in
  • Discipline: Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Big, fast descents and rough surfaces like cobbles or strada bianca
  • Current Bikes: Decade Tripster ATR, Dedacciai Temarario, Cannondale Synapse, BMC Granfondo Disc Di2, Genesis Day One CX, Parlee Z Zero Custom, Storck Scenario Comp Custom, DMR Trailstar, Bianchi Pista, Cube SUV 29er e-bike
  • Dream Bike: Bianchi Oltre Disc, Bianchi Specialissima, Cannondale Slate, Buffalo Bike
  • Beer of Choice: Brew Dog Punk IPA
  • Location: Wiltshire, UK

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