If you have ever noticed a fixie secured by a small, orange and black lock, you can probably bet it was the Kryptonite Evolution Mini-5. This 5-inch shackle u-lock has been the gold standard for bike messengers for some time. That’s with good reason-The lock is tough as nails, yet light as a feather. Throw it in your belt, and head out for a beer, you’ll forget it’s there. Put it in your shoulder bag, and go for some groceries, you’ll love the space it doesn’t take up. The Mini-5 includes three keys (one dou-bles a flashlight), and a frame mount.
Kryptonite is offering a new twist on this old favorite. Skins! That’s right, stop accidentally grabbing your roommate’s lock, only to be in a jam when you get to your chosen parking meter. Now you can personalize your lock. Make it one color, two-tone, striped or anything in between. The Color Skin Kit includes shackle and crossbar covers along with dustcover parts. They are offered in five colors – pink, purple, blue, red and white. Go ahead, decorate your lock for your favorite holiday, we won’t judge. www.kryptonite.com
Laurence Kelly has over 15 years of experience in photojournalism, video, and design. Seven of those years were spent as a staff photographer for The Intelligencer in Doylestown, PA. He was also Senior Editor and Photo Editor for Liberty Sports Magazine, and has held many clients in his freelance career, including Harvard School of Design, Tufts University, The Boston Globe, and Brown University.