One of the most common problems now a days is that thousands of bicycles get stolen every year all around the world. Cases of bikes being stolen have been rampant due to its increasing popularity as an alternative for a cleaner and easy transportation. This also gave way to bike locks which now has a wide range of selection in the market.
There are a few things you should consider when buying a bike lock in the market. The first thing you should keep in mind that there is no such thing as an unbreakable bike lock. Each and every bike lock is breakable if the thieves use the right set of tools and techniques to do so. The good thing about good quality locks though is that it makes the thieves rethink about stealing your bike as it would be a big risk.
The quality of the lock solely depends on how much you invested on it. You will have a higher chance of securing your bike if you invest a lot on your bike locks. It may cost you but it will save you from losing something much more expensive.
U-locks, chain locks, cable locks, seat or wheel skewers and a lot more are available on the market. We will discuss each type of lock individually for us to understand how each work and what type suites your needs the best.
As the name suggests, the U-lock is shaped as a U. This lock has one of the most popular designs and offers the strongest security. The advantage it has over other locks is that it provides security from thieves who use hard tools like hammers and chisels. For this lock, one thing you should consider is that the ‘U’ should not be very big. The main function of the U-lock is to prevent any tool from being inserted into the horseshoe shaped lock which gives it leverage. You can choose from different sizes but choose the one that is small enough for your bike to ensure your bikes security.
Another great lock is the cable lock. Although quite adaptable, they offer less security compared to the U-locks. If you live in an area that has a low to moderate crime rate and is looking to save money, the cable lock is your best option. Another great thing about this lock is that it can be combined with U-locks to provide more security.
Similar to cable locks, we also have the chain locks. Some important factors when buying chain locks are the size and the toughness. This type of bike lock is built in a special chain design. But keep in mind that the lock should be as strong as the chains itself. This is an ideal choice if you want to secure your bike at home as it is too heavy to carry around.
Lastly we have the seat and wheel skewers. Compared to the chain locks, these are ideal when you go out as they are very light and easy to carry around. The down side is that they are easily broken. But to break it open, you will have to use a special type of tool.