Party, party, coil, coil – knog party coil cable lock

It’s a lock. It’s a knog-ified lock, but it’s still a lock. We’ve reviewed a few knog products here on BNA, such as the knog blinder rear light, and we’ve visited the knog HQ in Melbourne. Yes, they’re an innovative design company that sets industry standards, and yes, they’ve developed products so good that they’re routinely copied, but this is a lock, what’s innovative about that?

The knog party coil is one of a range of knog locks. It’s a cable lock with a silicone outer cover available in eight different colours. It looks pretty; it’s very knog. The party coil is 1.3 metres long, 10mm thick and comes with 3 colour matched keys. On the technical side, the party coil is a PVC coated, braided steel cable with a fibre core. According to knog, it’s this fibre core that makes the cable strong enough to offer some security. Apparently this core will result in the cable crushing before cutting, which will make bolt cutter attacks more difficult. I can’t confirm any of that because I didn’t cut into it. I was planning to, however.

When the cable lock first arrived, I had every intention of using it for a few weeks and then going nuts on it with my bolt cutters, side cutters, angle grinder and anything else I could find. The lock initially didn’t impress me very much. Yes, it looked very nice, but it didn’t look “butch”. When I lock up my bike I want potential thieves to see a good quality cable lock (and usually D lock as well) that’s too much trouble to bother with. I know that if someone wants my bike, they’ll get it, but if it’s too much hassle to steal, perhaps they’ll move on to the next bike. There’s a visual component to that security and the knog party coil looks too good.

Knog party Coil

Don’t get me wrong here, the lock is far from the “dental floss” cable locks you can buy, but it doesn’t look scary hard to cut. As such, I was going to have some fun with it; that is until I started using it. Knog know their customer base and they’ve taken a simple cable lock and made it just that little bit more convenient, too convenient for me to cut up.

According to the instruction manual that comes with the lock (yes, it has an instruction manual), the party coil can fit into your pocket. I tried it out, and it does; it will fit into the back pocket of your skinny jeans and it will also fit into your jersey pocket. The coil is very tight, but it’s not bulky, and it only weighs 300g, so it’s not going to drag you down.

The party coil is short, only 1.3 metres long, which I initially found disappointing. My 1.8 metre cable lock allows my to secure both wheels around a sign post or light pole without too much hassle. The party coil will just fit through both wheels and wrap around a bike rack or railing that’s very close to the bike, or if you’re willing to take the front wheel off and chain it to the frame, you can secure your bike to something larger. I’m willing to trade some slightly limited parking options for the convenience of the party coil and after using it for a few weeks I’m quite used to the getting the cable around my bike and whatever I’m chaining up to.

So my perception changed with a bit of use and the party coil now sees quite a bit of action when I’m out riding. When I have to lock up in the city, I take my shabby commuter bike with the rack and panniers, and I still carry my big cable lock and D lock. Now, however, I can easily take a lock with me when I’m on my racing bike or my fixie, which don’t have racks. I just stick the party coil in my jersey pocket and I can lock my bike up at the coffee shop or supermarket when I need to. Provided I don’t take too long or I’m not too far away from the bike, the party coil gives me enough protection to keep my ride safe.

Knog Bike Lock Thief Pocket

There we have it, the knog party coil is a really useful lock. It looks good, and it’s convenient to carry with you. It’s not for every security situation, but it’s also not knog’s only lock. Knog have a range of stylish locks, from stylish D locks to stylish wearable locks, providing a range of stylish security strengths (their top D lock is rated 90% and the party coil is rated at 30%, but what that means objectively is anyone’s guess). There’s a trade off between security and convenience with the party coil, but now that I’ve used it, it makes me want to look at the other knog locking options.

Knog bike security lock party coil

Knog put a considerable amount of thought into their products and all they make is common bike accessories, but they make them better. The party coil is a simple cable lock that is just a little bit better, a little bit more convenient, a little bit more…knog.

The party coil can be purchased for $29.95 from knog online or good bike shops. See entire range of knog bike locks online.



David Halfpenny
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14 Responses to “Party, party, coil, coil – knog party coil cable lock”

  1. darkelf921 says:

    It’s a pity you didn’t attempt to cut it with pliers or the like. This review has me interested, however being practical is a waste of time if the cable cuts like butter.

    • David Halfpenny says:

      @darkelf921. Have a look at the other knog cable locks (and the D locks as well). They come in different thicknesses and they all seem to be built for a specific purpose, rather than being one size fits all security solutions.

    • tekapo says:

      With these cable locks, you have to assume that it will be cut like hot knife through butter. But thats not the “purpose” of these locks. They are for the quick lock up for the 5 minutes, half an hour away from the bike in a visible area. Therefore portability and ease of use is more important. Security wise, they are probably just a step above the locks from the 2 dollar shops, but adds a bit of quality control and design to the mix.

  2. RN says:

    Um, but how easy is it to cut?

  3. I can pitch in as I have cut these type before for testing.

    Generally cable cutters can cut through wires, the bigger the cable cutters, the easier though often it comes down to the time trying to cut through the strands to break the individual wires – so can be an exercise in patience.

    If a thief has managed that, what will get them is the fibre core that can’t be cut with wire or bolt cutters. Again, it (the fibres) can certainly be cut with the right tool however means a different tool.

    To put this into perspective – generally a thief with portable tools would need a few minutes – so by no means completely theft proof however more difficult than a lock with just steel cables.

    It is about making the job of stealing more difficult and I guess the format of the this particular bike lock, as David suggests, doesn’t seem as menacing as a D / U Lock or heavy duty chain – for thieves a danger is spending too much time.

    I see this type of lock convenient as a temporary lock, for example when shoppping and locking the bike in a public place for shorter time periods. If the bike is out of sight however such as in an security cage or laneway where fewer people are about, definity look at more heavy duty solutions – I recommend two locks when the bike is left unattended for long periods.

    If there is sufficient interest, I can ask if we can get a lock from KNOG to destroy and then video this – but lets not deprive David of his lock :)

  4. David Halfpenny says:

    I was really tempted, but then, to be truly scientific, I would have to cut a bunch of non-knog cable locks to get some sort of reasonable comparison. Otherwise I’d just be giving my subjective opinion.

    The cable does feel feel solid, much like a tight spring. It resists being pulled out and snaps back quite easily into its coiled form. As I mentioned in the article, the convenience of it has overcome my desire to cut it up. It really is a nice lock that “just works”. I like stuff that “just works”.

    Bugger, I just realised something. I’ve got a knog lock and I’ve got a fixie . On the weekend I bought a pair of Levi 504s, which on my legs are skinny jeans. I have a beard and a collection of cycling caps. I drink soy milk lattes. I like stuff that “just works”… I’m one Apple product away from being a hipster!

  5. Eleri says:

    Off to the inner west for you!

  6. real talk says:

    What a pointless review.

    “I could cut it up, but why would I want to do that?”

    Seriously. Pander to your advertisers just a little bit more.

    Oh wait. You can’t really get away with that on the internet…

  7. KC says:

    What’s the point of a lock review where you don’t test how it resists attack? Most of use buy and use a lock for the purpose of locking our bike.

    I guess this is free advertising for Knog or quid pro quo for you getting free products.

    • David Halfpenny says:

      Hey KC, what’s the point of destroying a lock unless you have something to compare it to? What sort of rating do I put on it? I’ve got pretty good grip strength, I’m 190cm and 100kg. Does that make any destructive testing of the lock relevant to anyone that isn’t me and is not using the same tools?

      There are objective ways to test locks, but only having one lock means that any destructive testing will be subjective. I chose to focus on the usability of the lock, and since it’s small, light and easy to carry, it’s more likely that be carried and used, which makes your bike infinitely more secure than no lock at all.

      • tekapo says:

        There is a Australian Standard AS4145.4 for padlocks. While bike locks may not fall into this standard per se, but the test methods as set out in the standard can be used to compare locks.

        Below is a summary of the standards.

        http://www.lockweb.com.au/en/site/lockweb/Products/product-ratings/padlock-ratings/#FAQ572617

        If you expand the physical security tab, tests such as shackle cut resistance, resistance to drilling/sawing etc, corrosion resistance and keying security are all applicable to a bike lock as well, regardless if its cable, D, chain etc.

        • David Halfpenny says:

          Thanks for that info Tekapo. There are bike lock standards, but not in Australia. As you pointed out above, cable locks (or any lock, really) won’t protect your bike against a determined attacker. Locks are there to stop the opportunist, and to make your bike more of a hassle to take than the time they have available to do it.

          I suspect the party coil is a good bit better than the dental floss locks you can buy at a $2 shop, though.

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