Hints and tips for keeping your new bike safe and secure.
So you’ve made the tough decision on which bike is best for you. The perfect size, weight, colour and speed capabilities but now you’re worried about keeping it safe so we’re here to help.
The majority of bike locks can be put into 1 of 4 categories.
- Cable locks.
We look at the pros and cons.
Pros – Due to their rigid dual locking system,D locks have to be cut twice in order to be compromised.
Cons – Being made of steel means that D locks can be compromised with bolt croppers which is a common tool used by bike thieves. Also, due to their shape, they can give you limited locking options, being unable to fit around lamp posts or other large poles.
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Pros – Chains are flexible and usually very long, giving you plenty of locking options when it comes to securing your bike which is very handy.
Cons – Chains are very heavy and cumbersome. High-security chains can weigh a lot as they comprise of thick metal links that can be tricky to defeat. But in order to lock your bike using a chain, you need a padlock to keep it together. Bike thieves can target the padlock and once that is defeated the chain just falls away.
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Pros – Foldable locks are metal bars that are connected together by rivets, allowing them to pivot, meaning they can be contorted into such a way you can lock your bikes to unusually shaped objects.
Cons – They aren’t very secure. The steel bars are usually quite thin and the rivets connecting the bars can be vulnerable.
4. Cable locks
Pros – Cable locks are light, flexible, and usually pretty cheap compared to other lock types.
Cons – The majority of them can be cut pretty easily as they are made of braided steel cables and therefore aren’t generally recommended for long stops.
Our top pick.
Always consider the risk factor of the area/facility you’re locking your bike but our winner is a Sold Secure D-lock.
When using a Sold Secure D-lock make sure the lock keyhole is facing down. Making it as hard as possible to access the keyhole. Keep the lock off the ground and try to get the tightest fit possible.
Don’t forget to check the area you’re leaving your bike.
- In a public place, choose a location that is busy and well-lit. Ideally covered by CCTV.
- Choose a sturdy immovable object to secure the bike to, ideally a fit-for-purpose cycle stand/rack parking.
- Lock the bike correctly to the solid immovable object.
- Use only ‘Sold Secure’ approved locks. Two high-quality locks in London, or any other medium-high risk area.
- Remove valuables from the bike such as pumps and lights. Consider security bolts instead of quick release on wheels and the seat post. These special security bolts can be used on other parts to help prevent bike stripping
How to lock a bike.
Our advice is don’t use cable locks (especially as a primary lock, regardless of the risk factor of the area/facility).
If using a Sold Secure D-lock (there are other Sold Secure gold types – chain locks), the lock keyhole should be facing down. Making it as hard as possible to access the keyhole.
Keep the lock off the ground and try to get the tightest fit possible.