Whether you’re in an urban environment, in the suburbs, at college, finding the best bike locks for your budget is an absolute necessity. This article will provide 17 Of The Best Bike Locks Available. We cover two primary types of locks in this article; The U-Lock and the chain lock.
The U-Lock is perfect in most circumstances. Its shape limits leveraging and the locking mechanism holds up well to hammers and chisels. Mini versions of U-Locks allow you to lock a wheel and the frame while the larger versions can accommodate to tires and the frame.
The chain lock is perfect for high crime areas. You’ll want to make sure you get one with thick links and a heavy duty padlock.
The chain lock is perfect for high crime areas. You’ll want to make sure you get one with thick links and a heavy duty padlock. Chain locks resist leverage due to their link design and are also resistant to hacksaws and chisels. We also take a look at a couple high-tech keyless models, cuff locks and even a bike GPS tracking device in case the thief gets past your lock. We don’t cover any cable locks as we feel they are too susceptible to cutters.
17 BEST BIKE LOCKS AVAILABLE
ON GUARD BEAST CHAIN WITH X4 PADLOCK BIKE LOCK
The On Guard Beast Chain With X4 Padlock ($93) with its X4 padlock and short shackle U lock which is mated with a 3.5′ chain offers a huge level of security. The chain is made from a reinforced titanium that boast massive 14mm links. This is the ideal lock for those who indulge in power sports the need maximum protection when they inevitably end up in high crime areas. The Boxer U-lock has also been designed so it can be used separately as a disc lock. The dimensions of the chain are 110cm x 14mm whilst the diameter of the shackle is a meaty 16.8mm of tough, hardened steel.
KNOG STRONGMAN BIKE LOCK
The Knog Strongman ($69) brings you a brand new take on a classic u-lock. It combines style with the great functionality you get from a double dead lock mechanism. The covering is a silicone that is UV resistant, which comes in a choice of colors and is a winner both aesthetically and in function. The new lock line from Knog brings a load of fresh and new ideas to the market place and there will be a lock in this range to suit all your needs, whatever the crime rate of the area you will be leaving your cycle. In short, cycle security is now a whole different ball game thanks to the Knog Strongman collection and that’s why the Knog is one of the best bike locks available.
SPYBIKE BIKE LOCK
Designed to use in tandem with your lock, this ingenious Spybike ($164) puts a GPS tracker onto your bike and you are instantly alerted when your cycle moves and can track it. Under the disguise of an innocuous looking top cap, the Spybike tracker is totally unnoticeable to thieves and when the motion detector kicks in when the bike is moved you get an instant SMS to let you know. Every bit of the journey is tracked so you can alert the authorities to the theft and retrieve your cycle faster than ever before.
ABUS BORDO GRANIT X PLUS 650 BIKE LOCK
The Abus Bordo Granit X Plus 6500 ($154) boast heavy duty 5.5mm thick steel links and bars to bring you an awesome level of security. The protection shield applied to the links offers protection from saws and other such implements favored by cycle thieves. Every part of this lock is made from a specially hardened steel whilst the Abus X-Plus Cylinder is one of the best around with its resistance to picking. Supplied with 2 keys you also receive a unique Abus code card should you need an replacement or extra keys.
ONGUARD MASTIFF 8019L BIKE LOCK
With a name like Mastiff you would expect an uber tough guard against bike thieves, and that is exactly what you get from this model. The Onguard Mastiff 8019L ($74) is a 6 inch long, 10mm thick reinforced chain, made from specially toughened steel. The hexagonal shaped links offer more locking options and the U-lock can be used separately as a highly effective disc lock. This is one tough cookie that you will be happy to leave in charge of your machine.
FOLDY BIKE LOCK
There isn’t another product on the market that looks quite like the Foldy Bike Lock ($95). An ingenious design that literally does what it says on the tin, the lock folds away when not it use and unfolds to create a great thief deterrent for even the most valuable of cycles. There are few thieves, if any, that will be able to deal with the solid steel construction which has proved, in tests, to be impervious to attacks from cutters, jacks, crowbars etc. there are some great videos online illustrating how great this lock is, so you can check out for yourself how great it is before you buy.
KRYPTONITE EVOLUTION MINI BIKE LOCK
You may be sick of seeing the Kryptonite name on this list but there’s a reason for this; they produce some of the finest bike locks around today and you cannot exclude them from any list of they type. The Kryptonite Evolution Mini 5 ($58) is another top notch product that bears all the classic Kryptonite hallmarks. To start with the shackle is made from the specially hardened 13mm steel which offers Maximum performance against all manner of attacks. The center key positions offers tough resistance against leverage attacks and its ease of use is great for the cyclist, yet a nightmare for the would be thief.
MASTER LOCK STREET CUFFS BIKE LOCK
Not only is the world getting smarter but so is its crooks, so you always have to be one step ahead of the game. One way to make pro thieves look like rookies is to protect your cycle with the Master Lock Street Cuffs ($45). As this lock has no fixed anchor point, the favored spot for leverage, and no space for standard jacks, there is no easy way for your opportunist thief to defeat these street cuffs. An added bonus is the way they have been designed to fold in half for storage. The pivot links lets the Cuffs to be easily placed around both your bike and whichever object you choose to lock it to. The soft touch, pliable bumpers also protect your paint job, a fine lock indeed.
BITLOCK BIKE LOCK
BITLOCK ($95) is keyless bike lock to help make bike sharing even easier, and no more fiddling around with keys and the like to undo your cycle. This operates on the same premise as a keyless car in that you unlock it as you approach using a remote control that is built into the app on your smartphone. What you have to bear in mind is that although this is hi tech as far as locking and unlocking goes, this is also a top end lock in terms of strength and durability. Tech heads will love this lock as it’s also one of the coolest gadgets around.
KRYPTONITE EVOLUTION SERIES 4 STANDARD
Any lock that carries the Kryptonite brand is something special, and this Kryptonite Evolution Series 4 Standard ($69) certainly ticks all the boxes when it comes to cycle security. The 14mm specially toughened steel shackle offers Max performance and is extensive testing proven impervious to both leverage and cutting attacks. The design of the double deadbolt also offers security against oft used twist attacks. It comes complete with 3 keys; one of which is illuminated by a high powered LED light and has a replaceable battery. If you are looking for a name to trust in bike security, you won’t go far wrong with a Kryptonite product.
KRYPTONITE NEW YORK FAHGETTABOUDIT MINI BIKE LOCK
If you are a big city cyclist then you need protection to suit your environment as any old bicycle lock will be easy picking for the pros. Step forward Kryptonite’s New York Fahgettaboutit U-lock ($99). This bad boy boasts an 18mm thick steel shackle designed to resist both leverage attacks and bolt cutters. This is the ideal lock for those living in areas that are classed as moderate for crime and the Fahgettabout it scores a maximum on the 1 – 12 comparison system employed by Kryptonite. To put this into perspective, a lock which is ranked #1 is recommended for those who live in the burbs and have further bike protection in the shape of a Rottweiller. As New York’s crime rate is a whole different level the fahgettaboutit offers big city protection.
SKYLOCK BIKE LOCK
If you have a leaning towards the eco-friendly then the Skylock bike lock will be right up your street. The premise is simple; the lock is solar powered and only 1 hour of sunlight is enough to render the lock impenetrable to thieves. In the same way as the Bitlock, the Skylock ($159) is powered by an app that you download to your iPhone or Android device and this powers the remote control. This eliminates the need for a key and allows you to let other use it by giving their apps permission via a code. A clever idea that is backed up a top notch lock, it doesn’t get much better than that.
ABUS SINERO 43 BIKE LOCK
There are many features to get excited about with the Abus Sinero 43 ($58) bike lock. First there is the specially hardened shackle made from 12mm steel that is double bolted. Then you discover that the shackle, the case and all supporting elements are made from the special hardened steel that Abus are renowned for. Corrosion and attach resistant, you get two keys with this lock and in testing it ranked right up there for strength and durability.
SAN QUENTIN U-LOCK BIKE LOCK
The aptly named San Quentin U-Lock ($68) is the closest you will get to putting your bike in solitary confinement. The shackle is constructed from 18mm alloy steel that is cut resistant. And the anti scratch liner thwarts all theft attempts whilst leaving your beautiful machine without a scratch. The locking device itself is a dual bolt that is both pick and bump proof would leave even the cleverest jewel thief in Hollywood scratching his head. To cover all bases if the unthinkable does happen then this lock comes with a theft replacement guarantee worth $4000, it doesn’t get much better than that.
STEMLOCK BIKE LOCK
The Stemlock won’t be available until later this year, but it is worth including on the list as an excellent alternative. Unlike ordinary locks that are put in place and then removed, the Stemlock ($103) is put in place permanently and remains there. When in place, until you lock it your handlebars are rendered useless. This effectively means that any miscreant who helps themselves to your cycle will be unable to steer it, and at the least you can make some cash on the TV by shooting some entertaining videos. Joking aside this is a very cool device. Combine this with another of the locks on this list and you effectively have a Fort Knox type security system on your cycle.
BLACKBURN LEAVENWORTH BIKE LOCK
The longer shackle on the Blackburn Leavenworth U-lock ($45) gives you a much wider choice when it comes of stationary items to attach it to. The 8 tonne pull strength, 14mm alloy steel shackle, dual bolt locking mechanism, central locking system and laser cut key all add up a serious bit of kit as far as bike security is concerned. No longer are you bound by the size of your lock when determining what you can attach it to, and a line of bikes each attached to the other with this device will be as safe as houses.
KRYPTONITE NEW YORK LEGEND 1590 BIKE LOCK
The last product from Kryptonite to make our list is also the one that offers the highest level of security from this outstanding manufacturer. The armor-plated disc lock on the Kryptonite New York Legend 1590 ($124) is designed for use in the toughest crime areas. The hardened steel sleeve is reinforced and shrouds the body of the lock to offer a level of protection rarely seen in a domestic bike lock. The disc style cylinder offers over 1m key variations, making it one of the best around. Add into this mix the double deadbolt locking system and you have a lock that will hardened crims tearing their hair out, before moseying on along to a less protected cycle.