Bicycle theft is rampant and the numbers of thefts in US cities are on the rise each year. Part of this is due to the increase in the number of cyclists, but another factor is that ability of thieves to outsmart and destroy bike locks. Don’t settle for a lock that will not hold up to tampering. Although a criminal with enough time and tools can eventually bust any lock, we will help you find the ideal lock to keep your bike as safe as possible.
A recent study found that nearly 50 percent of active bicycle riders have their bikes stolen at some point. Sadly, less than five percent of those bikes are ever recovered. This can mean tremendous financial loss for bicycle owners. But even as criminals become more industrious, so do bicycle lock companies. The latest locks are extra durable and will offer your bike supreme protection.
You should never settle for generic bike locks. Cheap bike locks can easily be broken or sawed through, and your precious bike can be stolen in a matter of minutes (if not seconds). The locks below are some of the best bicycle locks on the market.
Kryptonite Evolution Mini-7
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Popular Mechanics ranks the Kryptonite Evolution Mini-7 as the best bicycle lock. The lock is constructed of 13mm hardened steel which is enough to deter most thieves. It has a double deadbolt design and the disc-style cylinder is resistant to picks and drills. At around $70, it’s a well-priced, super secure bike lock.
Abus Granit X-Plus 540
Coming in at about $120, this lock is a bit pricey but you get a lot for your money. If you live in a city, you are at a high risk for bicycle theft, and you should shop for an extra secure lock like this one. The 13mm steel square parabolic shackle along with the X-Plus key cylinder equals a lock that will stand up to most any abuse (or damage) it receives.
Kryptonite New York Noose 1275
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This lock is a secure, portable chain lock. This 12mm, six-sided chain link lock sells for around $86. It’s built with a 14mm Max Performance steel shackle and has a cinch loop which allows you to use less chain. The disc-style cylinder lock is drill and pull resistant and has a steel crossbar for added security. And it can be registered on the Kryptonite website for additional anti-theft protection services.
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Need an ultra-portable folding lock? The Foldylock Compact may fit the bill. This lock is company but HEAVY! It sells for $85 and offers enhanced security through a steel lock that can be folded to a compact size. The links are coated in thin plastic to avoid scratching the paint on your bike. The Foldylock fits securely on your bike when not in use, which makes it a handy choice.
If you like a foldable, easily portable lock, the Bordo is a great fit. The six metal bars fold out to make a chain-type lock that is functional and compact. The only downside is the frequent users note that the rivets do loosen some with regular use. At $115, this might be a turn-off for some.
Master Lock Street Cuffs
This bike lock looks more like a set of handcuffs than a bike lock! Coming in at a budget-friendly $42, this bike lock offers a quick and easy way to secure your bike. It works much like traditional handcuffs and can be easily locked and unlocked in no time. It’s made of hardened steel which means it’s nearly unbreakable – it would take a grinder to get through these cuffs. This lock weighs just less than three pounds and is 12 inches long. They have a longer, 22 inch version, as well.
When choosing the best bicycle lock, consider your bicycle usage. Do you live in a high-crime area? Have you experienced bicycle theft before? Where do you park your bike during the day? At night? Do you want to be able to secure it and unlock it quickly, or are you able to devote a few minutes to it in exchange for added security? How much cash do you have in your wallet? Do you want a lock with an audible alarm?
Obviously, there are many factors to consider when purchasing a bicycle lock and no one lock will be the best bike lock for city cyclists. Some bicycle shops have opened bike locks that they will allow you to test out in the store. Also, in some areas (especially around colleges and universities) the police department gives away bicycle locks for free.
Ride safe as the city streets can be dangerous! If you have been involved in a bicycle crash, call and speak to an experienced bicycle crash attorney at Kass & Moses. Our team of attorneys will work diligently to help you recover from your crash. We have represented many injured individuals and helped them recover financially – we can help you, too!