With bike theft on the up, it is more important than ever to ensure your bike is not added to this statistic. Here is a guide explaining what to look for in a bike lock. But firstly, brush up on these:
Types of locks
- D locks. They are the strongest and most durable locks on the market, being the first choice of security for many cyclists. It's horseshoe, arched 'D' shape gives the thieve less leverage and movement when trying to open the lock.
- Folding locks. Being fairly new to the market, folding locks are very reliable and compact. The lock is built from a link construction design which is able to fold from a compact and transportable object into a long, sturdy lock.
- Chain locks. They are often made from sturdy materials, which even chainsaws are unable to cut through. Although make sure to purchase a strong padlock with this.
- Combination locks. These locks don't require a key and are usually locked via a digit code system. We would recommend to stay away from these as they are commonly known to be easy targets for thieves.
- Cable locks. They're flexible and much cheaper than other locks and are quite easy to transport around on your bike. They are not to be relied on in areas where bike theft is a possibility.
Tips for buying...
- Look out for good brands. We highly recommend are Kryptonite and Abus.
- Buy two locks. There's nothing wrong with being an over protective parent here. A good tip is too mix the type of locks up, making it more complicated to break. Also ensure quick release wheels are locked in addition to locking the frame.
- Don't buy a cheap lock. This is one of the most common reasons why our bikes get stolen. Cheap locks don't do the job and aren't worth the risk.
- Make sure it has a Sold Secure rating. Sold Secure are an independent organisation that test the security level of locks, with anything over bronze making the secure cut approval.
- Can you carry your lock? Make sure it's easy to transport with you. Locks can be heavy, so buying a mounting bracket or making sure it can be locked to your bike whilst riding is a good idea.
- Read up on reviews. It won't hurt to read up on how well other cyclists got on with the lock you are going to purchase.
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