How to choose a bike lock

How to choose a bike lock

Choosing a bike lock can be difficult. There are loads to pick from and the wrong choice can have disastrous consequences!

But in this infographic I will show you the 3 simple steps that guarantee that you’ll find the best bike lock for both you and your bicycle.

Because the right bike lock won’t just protect your bicycle from theft, it will also be easy for you to use on a day to day basis.

Step 1 is about working out what level of protection you need. Answer the following questions:

  1. Where do you live?
  2. Does your bike attract second looks?
  3. How long do you leave your bike unattended?

If two of more of your answers are “in a city, big town or university campus”, “yes”, “more than 1 hour” then you are high risk and need a high level of protection.

If not, you are lower risk and can probably get away with a lower level of protection.

How can you know what level of protection a bike lock offers? It’s pretty straightforward. Look for the ratings of the independent security organisations Sold Secure and ART. These companies test and rate locks according to their level of security.

So if you’re high risk you need a lock that’s Sold Secure Gold or has 3 (or more) stars from ART. If you’re lower risk you’ll probably be OK with a lock that’s Sold Secure Silver or has 2 stars from ART.

Step 2 is about choosing the right type of lock. There are four types of well know bike locks:

  1. U-locks
  2. Folding locks
  3. Chain locks
  4. Cable locks

Each one offers a different balance of affordability, practicality and security. Which one is best for you will depend on your circumstances. But the most important thing to note here is that while cable locks are both affordable and practical, they offer almost no security.

Do NOT buy a cable lock.

Step 3 is about choosing the right brand. Different brands offer different degrees of “value for money”, “build quality” and “customer service”.


Check for independent reviews and advice on choosing the right brand for you

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