There would be nothing worse than leaving the shops, café, or pub to return to where you had locked up your bike and find an empty space. Getting the right lock to secure your pride and joy is essential to avoid this scenario.
Since pandemic began there has been a significant increase in the number of bikes purchased. The downside to this boom has been the significant rise in bike thefts. The current level of bikes being taken is still down on levels from the mid 90s, but it still amounts to thousands of bikes going missing. Admiral Insurance recently published details on the post covid increase and the top 10 affected locations. Taking security seriously is necessary to avoid becoming part of the statistics.
Determining the best lock for your needs is made easier by looking at the Sold Secure Rating. At least a Silver rating or preferably a Gold rated lock will make it harder for would-be thieves to make off with your bike.
What is a secure location? In an ideal world, your bike would never be left unattended, the reality is this is not practical. If you’re popping into the shops, you will need to lock your bike up. Choose somewhere obvious that is conspicuous, not a guarantee but no need to make it easier for thieves. There may even be secure bike parking which will be a decent choice, something immovable also represents a good spot.
You then will have several different types of locks to choose from. There will be additional factors to consider, what can you carry easily or what can be fitted to your bike frame.
D-Locks may include the cable or just the D-Lock itself. Named because of the similarity to the letter, they are robust and by linking the cable through the link before securing the lock will give you security options. The cable can be used to secure the bike to something secure, allowing more reach or through your wheels and frame to beef up security.
Cable Locks are perhaps more of a quick deterrent than real resistance. If you are securing your helmet to your bike or offering a preventative measure for a quick stop when your bike might be out of sight briefly. Some cable locks will have their own locking mechanism, such as a combination or key or will need to be used in conjunction with a lock.
Wearable & Wall Locks
Hiplock has taken a different stance on the locks they produce. Their wall-mounted lock acts to secure your bike but also keep it hung on a wall. They have looked at how people want to ‘carry’ their locks. Hiplock have several locks that are wearable, around your waist or through your belt loop. A shift from locks that are fitted to your bike makes them a little easier to transport.
As the name suggests, these are generally bulkier, more robust cables with varying locking mechanisms. Potentially given their weight they would be well suited to use for securing your bike(s) at home where you want a chunky lock to act as a proper deterrent. Could be used with a ground anchor for a complete solution.
Don’t forget, if you do lock your bike up outside, even for a few minutes, remove your accessories. Lights, computers etc. It might seem like a faff but could prevent any opportunists from walking off with your prized possessions. Similarly, if you do use a cable lock, loop it through your wheels if you are able to. Whilst quick-release wheels are great for getting off in a hurry, you don’t want somebody else taking advantage of that fact.