Bike Locks Buyer's Guide
It's important to remember that no lock is completely thief proof. They come in a range of styles with different levels of security. With bicycle locks you generally get what you pay for, so it's well worth spending a little extra.
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A BIKE LOCK
The highest security bike locks use hardened materials, but this means they're heavier, bulkier and a bit more expensive. When choosing a lock, you need to consider all your security needs.
For instance, if you have a premium lightweight bike, you should use a high-security lock to secure it in the garage or shed at home. However, while out on a ride you might not want to carry the weight. One solution is to leave a high-security bike lock at your destination, such as at your place of work.
You may need to compromise on the highest security to make savings on weight, shape, and cost. For example, some bike frames aren't large enough to accommodate a large rigid shackle lock, so you may need a flexible cable lock that you can wrap around the seat post while riding.
TYPES OF BIKE LOCK
There are four main types of locks. They all work well but it depends on where you normally leave your bike and what you'll be securing it to:
- Chain Locks
- Heavyweight locks to use around robust anchor points.
- Ideal for locking bikes and other objects at home in garage or shed.
- Look for one with hardened steel links - the thicker the better.
- Shackle Locks
- Secures around standard shaped objects, e.g railings/frame.
- Includes a mounting bracket to fit to the cycle.
- Look for one with a 5-pin lock for high resistance to picking and drilling and hardened steel for strength.
- Coil Cable Locks
- Ideal to wrap around larger/awkward objects - they can be up to 185cm long.
- Coil cable for compact storage and transportation.
- Look for one with a vinyl cable cover to protect the bike against scratches.
- Look for a key lock that is pick, pull and drill resistant.
- Cable Locks
- Easy to wrap around standard objects, e.g. railings.
- Look for one with hardened steel cable for added strength or a twisted steel cable protected by hardened steel links.
- Usually have a vinyl cable cover to protect the bike against scratches.
For maximum security we recommend using a shackle lock and a chain lock, both fixed to a permanent object and threaded though the frame and wheels.
BIKE LOCK SECURITY RATINGS
For guidance on how secure a bike lock is, you can look for the Sold Secure approval logo, which will show a rating of bronze, silver or gold.
Gold is the highest rating and means that the lock should resist an attack for around 5 minutes. Some bike insurance policies may require you to use a bike lock that meets a certain Sold Secure level - keep your proof of purchase to prove this if you ever make a claim.
At Halfords we also use a rating out of 1-10 to give you an idea of the level of security offered - see the guide below:
BUY BIKE LOCKS FROM HALFORDS
Bike locks can be reserved online and collected from your local Halfords, or bought online for home delivery. Of course, you can always feel free to pop in and ask our store staff for advice on which bike lock to buy - they'll be happy to help.