Every year, bicycles all over the world get stolen. 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. First things first, an unbreakable bike lock does not exist. 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.
One fact about buying bike locks is that the higher the investment on it, the higher the level of security it provides. Investing a lot on bike locks can help you secure your bikes. It is a small price to pay to prevent a much more expensive loss.
U-locks, chain locks, cable locks, seat or wheel skewers and a lot more are available on the market. Each lock works differently but all ensures the security of your bike.
First we will be discussing the U shaped lock which is of course the U-lock. One of the most popularly designed locks, the U-lock offers the greatest security for bicycles. The advantage it has over other locks is that it provides security from thieves who use hard tools like hammers and chisels. You should consider buying a U-lock that has a small ‘U’. The goal of the U-lock is to avoid providing leverage from any tools that can be inserted into the horseshoe shaped lock. The lock is available in different sizes so for optimal security, choose the lock that is small enough for your bicycle.
Another great lock is the cable lock. Although quite adaptable, they offer less security compared to the U-locks. They are a great choice if you live in an area that has low to moderate crime rate. Another great thing about this lock is that it can be combined with U-locks to provide more security.
Chain locks are similar to cable locks. Size and toughness is the key to having a good quality chain lock. The individual chains of this bike lock is made in a special chain design.Each individual chain is designed and built in a special way. But keep in mind that the lock should be as strong as the chains itself. Carrying this lock around would be very difficult which is why it is usually used when you get home.
We now have the final type which is 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 these are widely used in high crime rate areas as they require special types of tools to break open.