Padlocks are indeed a cheap and efficient, portable method of securing items, at home or elsewhere. They are very handy and simple to use, yet a great deterrent to even the most determined of lowlifes.
- There are various design types and styles to select from, all depending upon the type of security you wish for
Mainly made from solid or alloyed steel, the heavy-duty padlock designs are made to withstand a high level of assault.
Taking the Smile off of Thieves Faces
And while brass is a superb material for resisting different weather conditions and rust, it is a slightly softer metal which may not withstand forceful prying or cutting as much as hardened steel.
- Today’s steel or alloy padlocks can be covered with fitted plastic casings to aid in protecting them from the elements.
- And when put together with a top quality security chain, it will deter any wannabe two wheeled criminals.
The Construction of the Locking Mechanism
Aside from the differences used in the manufacturing of padlocks, there are some variations in the build of the locking mechanisms manufactured by Brindley Chains. You can choose combination padlocks that are fixed with a combination, or ones which allow you to select your own numbers.
- These are commonly re-settable, meaning that you can change the combination when you want to.
The Key Types
What are called “keyed padlocks”, have the same basic design build as a combination lock. They highlight a shackle, a hooked part at the top which slides through a chain or a clasp before sliding into the body of the lock to secure it, and a base.
- Most key locks have a keyhole at the base rather than a dial or a digital number pad and are easier to open and close.
They usually come with two or often three keys so that you can place one of them in a safe location in case one is lost or misplaced. (Or one is given to someone who is allowed access to the locked area or item).
A Mix of Both
Combination padlocks which also include key access are perfect for children who wish to fasten their lockers at school or chain and lock their bikes. If they happen to forget the combination, the key is always there.
Don’t forget that It is always in your best interests to jot down the combination number in a secure place at home and keep it with the extra key. (And don’t forget where you put it!)
Some lock and chain manufacture locks in bright colours and fashionable finishes which are appealing to children, who like the option of choices.
But, strangely enough, these trendy padlocks have also become popular with adults and are now best sellers to children and adults alike!
Don’t forget that a sturdy lock with a strong security chain, will definitely keep at bay those out there with bad intentions for your two wheeled metal cycling friend!