Bicycles can be prized and expensive possessions. As a result, they can be the target of thieves who want to use or sell the bicycles for themselves. Bicycle riders who live or work in urban or high-theft areas need a high-quality bike lock to prevent these kind of thefts. Less expensive, or lower quality bike locks can be prone to lock picking or bolt cutters that can render the locks useless.
As a result, bicycle riders should invest in high quality bike locks that have been specially designed to resist determined thieves. For instance, the best bike locks come with a high Kryptonite security rating. In addition, they should be made of hardened metal, such as steel. Features such as the style of the lock, the thickness of the bolt, or the design of the chain, should resist efforts to cut or break them.
Other features consumers should look for in a lock include anti-theft protection guarantees, lighted locks that make them easier to use at night, a solid reputation, and portability. The following locks provide these characteristics in order to successfully protect bicycles from theft.
The U 64 mini bike lock from Abus offers significant strength in a small size. The Abus is very small and weighs only about 1.5 pounds, making it extremely lightweight and therefore easy to carry in a backpack or bag. While the lock’s small size means that it can sometimes be difficult to fit around thicker bike racks, its small size also means that once the bicycle is secured, would-be thieves have a very hard time gaining leverage to break the lock.
In addition to its conveniently small size and weight, the Abus Mini is powerful enough to deter the attempts of even determined thieves. It possesses the Abus-Plus locking system that is capable of thwarting drills used to free the lock. In addition, the lock is made of specially hardened shackle material that makes the lock very strong.
Consumers report that the locking mechanism is strong and works easily and smoothly when the lock is turned. The result is a strong, quality lock designed to keep a bicycle safe from thefts.
The New York Fahgettaboudit U lock from Kryptonite offers consumers the best possible protection for bicycles in urban areas. The lock possesses the same level of protection that Kryptonite has become known for, possessing a ranking of 10 out of 12 on the company’s comparison scale. The lock, which is suitable for locking up bicycles, motorcycles, and scooters, is constructed of 18mm hardened steel. In addition, it possesses an extra thick crossbar and double bolts.
The result is a lock that can withstand bolt cutters as well as leverage. Consumers report that the lock has successfully withstood theft attempts, as well as successfully replacing other lock brands that failed to protect a bicycle against theft. To further strengthen the lock, the keyhole is in the center of the lock. It comes with three keys, including one that lights up for easy use at night. Although heavy, the New York Fahgettaboudit receives praise from consumers for its comforting feel.
This New York chain lock from Kryptonite is one of the company’s line of highly regarded bike locks. This bike lock rates at a 10 out of 12 on the company’s comparison chart, making it ideal to use in high-theft urban areas.
The chain and accompanying lock are very heavy at about 10 pounds. However, the heaviness corresponds to exceptional strength that is designed to deter any would-be thieves. Consumers report feeling confidence in their bikes’ safety while using this lock to secure expensive bicycles in urban areas.
The lock comes with three keys to help ensure that the owner always has a key available. The chain and lock are made of 3t hardened manganese steel for optimum strength. Other features of this lock include; a nylon cover, a light on one of the keys for added convenience, and $3,550 worth of anti-theft protection. The result is a powerful lock capable of resisting virtually any thefts.
The 3-inch cuffs, and 12-inch length, allow the rider to secure the bicycle to posts such as those on a parking meter, in the absence of a bike rack. Despite using a chain, which can often be prone to cutting, these street cuffs are designed to be extra durable and difficult to cut. The cuffs are made of laminated steel and a hardened lock to prevent cutting and leveraging by would-be thieves.
Consumers report that the cuffs work successfully even in high-theft areas and appear to be immune to attempts to pick the lock. In addition, the cuffs, because they can fold, are easy to transport on a bike ride or to store when not in use. The Master Lock street cuffs come with a $3,550 anti-theft coverage to provide consumers not only with a high-quality, durable, and portable lock but also peace of mind.
The Abus Bordo 6000 lock is an ideal bike lock for riders who stow their bikes in medium crime areas. It possesses a rating of 9 out of 15, meaning that it will provide excellent security for bicycles left outside. The Bordo 6000 has a number of features that make it strong, durable, and reliable. For instance, it possesses an Abus premium cylinder that is designed to withstand attempts to pick the lock by would-be thieves. In addition, it is designed to be small and easily carried.
Lightweight, at just about 2.7 pounds, it also comes with a high-quality bag for transportation when it is not in use. This lock receives praise for its ability to easily secure the bicycle to virtually any item. For instance, the Bordo 6000’s design allows it to secure the bicycle to parking meters, bike racks, and similar objects. As a result, the Abus Bordo 6000 gives bicycles riders a bike lock that they can depend upon to be durable, strong, and easy to carry.
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