One of the most commonly stolen objects is a bicycle. Not only is a bicycle lightweight and valuable, but it makes the best inconspicuous getaway vehicle. The technical experience and tools required to steal a bike are pretty rudimentary. This makes a bicycle a prime target to the most simple-minded criminal. Bikes can also be sold with no receipts or ownership verifications required, which means you are unlikely to ever see your bike again.
People living in densely-populated high-risk areas of the city and those leaving their bikes alone while at work or study, require a heavier duty locking system. But even those living in “Low-risk” areas of the city need a dependable security system in place. Remember that any bike left unattended will be gone by the time the unassuming owner returns. Following is an overview of some of the top products on the market for keeping your bike and bike accessories safe from nimble-fingered villains. Study the various products and decide which is the best system or systems for your needs.
1. SIGTUNA Bike locks – 16mm Heavy Duty Bike Lock with U Lock Shackle and Mounting Bracket + 1200mm Steel Flex Cable Lock
This heavy-duty deterrent comes with a formidable U-lock and a powerful 12mm flex cable. This is the ideal system for securing both wheels and the bikes frame to a secure post or bike rack. The double Bolt Mechanism provide extra strength against prying attacks and all products by the Sigtuna company are tested and retested for maximum efficacy. It also comes with a mounting bracket for extra convenience.
2. SafeBest Bike Lock, Combination Cable Bicycle Lock, Resettable. Black, Blue, Pink, and White Colors Available. Most Popular 6-foot Length Safest Lightweight Lock. Best Value Bike Lock Cable
The SafeBest bike lock provides decent security for low-risk areas or a good addition to a more formidable locking system. It features strong steel cable coated in soft plastic to avoid scratching the bike frame or spokes. It also has a 4-digit resettable combination lock. This is a good option for securing helmets, bike seat and other expensive additions to the main frame and secure post.
3. OnGuard Bulldog LS U-Lock
The extra generous size of the OnGuard Locking mechanism means that there are more things that can be secured, even scooters and motorcycles. Made from tough materials, this option provides quality protection in a number of different positions. This set includes 5 laser-cut keys and 1 of these keys with a microlight for locking and unlocking in the dark.
4. Kryptonite 999485 Black 14mm x 39″ (1410) New York Fahgettaboudit Chain and New York Disc Lock
This formidable chain and locking mechanism is made of hardened steel and hex-cut links that are highly resistant to cutting force. Those dwelling in the roughest side of town enjoy maximum protection from the hardened double deadbolt. The sheer weight of the device is an effective deterrent from assault.
5. The Club UTL810 Utility Lock
This all-around locking device is a great option for ATVs, Scooters, Motorcycles, gas tanks, BBQ grills and anything else you want to stay put. The large square shape conveniently locks down a great variety of options. Built with extreme construction, it can resist over 1,500 lbs of pressure. The entire lock is coated in vinyl which keeps it safe from the elements.
6. Etronic Security Lock M8 Self Coiling Resettable Combination Cable Lock
Skateboards, kid’s bikes, lawnmowers and even front and rear-bike wheels can be secured with a dependable steel cable. The Etronic Security Lock features a strong 4-digit security lock that can be easily reset. There is also a convenient mounting bracket that makes toting the cable easier.
7. Kryptonite Kryptolok Series 2 Mini Bicycle with Transit FlexFrame Bracket
The Kryptonite Mini Lock is built of hardened performance steel to resist cutting attacks. “I” style keys make the Mini Bike Lock more resistant to picking attacks as well. Finally, you can select from several color schemes to match the tones of your bike as well. A mounting bracket is also included for easier transportation.
8. Etronic Security Bike Lock M6 Self Coiling Resettable Combination Lock Bike Cable Lock
Need extra-long protection? This brightly colored combination lock is 6 ft. of 10mm steel cables. This device has the length to lock up BBQ grills, lawn mowers, ATV’s and many other things including bikes and motorcycles. The 4-digit combination code can be easily reset.
9. UShake Bike Lock Cable, 4-Feet Bike Cable Basic Self Coiling Resettable Combination Cable Bike Locks with Complimentary Mounting Bracket
The UShake Bike lock cable provides 4ft. of strong steel cables encased a durable PVC coating that preserves the surfaces they touch and keeps the cable safe from water damage. A 4-digit operating code adds keyless convenience and a handy mounting bracket keeps the lock where you need it most.
10. Cable locks, High Bike Lock Quality Chain Lock with 5-Digit Resettable Number Combination Cable Lock For Bicycle, Scooter, Grills & Other Items That Need To Be Secured
This top-quality bike lock is built to withstand the elements and provide extra strength-productions to a variety of situations. It is extra tough to resist cutting and hacking and water resistant in the cable and locking mechanism for increased longevity. A 5-digit combination keeps your keys where you will always find them, in your mind.
In conclusion — Which is the Best for You?
The best choice of bike lock will come down to your personal needs. If you are living in high-crime area the steel cable and combination locks won’t provide the same security as the Kryptonite Fahgettaboudit Chain and Disc lock. The best protection would be to follow the design of the Sigtuna Heavy-Duty Bike Lock, and purchase a formidable U-Lock and a steel cable combination lock to secure front and back wheels to the bike frame. For those in low-risk areas or those who won’t leave their bike out of sight, the BluSmart High-quality Bike Lock or Etronic Self-Coiling Security Lock are great options.