The Bike Lock Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Bicycle Security

A comprehensive guide to bicycle security. In this guide, we share stats on bicycle theft, best ways to lock your bike, and the best bike locks to use.

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In this guide, we share stats on bicycle theft, the best ways to lock your bike and which ways to avoid, types of locks to use, new technologies combating theft, a directory of brands and much more!

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For most of us city cyclists, bicycle security is a daily concern. The moment of anticipation when you return after leaving your bike locked up, but unattended, for a few hours in the evening can turn to shock and dismay if it’s not where you left it. Finding a broken lock in place of your bike may bring tears, cursing, plots of revenge, promises to get a better lock or a cheaper bike and other outbursts in a range of emotions. It’s traumatizing.

Worst case is you abandon riding, giving in to the spectre of an ever-present threat of theft. Or you buy a beater bike, even though you ride many miles daily, just so it won’t hurt so much next time it’s stolen. But why next time? Bike theft may be problematic in many places, but making the effort to have the least attractive bike to thieves starts with the right locks and smart accessorizing. A nice bike, locked up securely with a quality lock may not be worth the time when a lesser bike is locked up with an easy-to-cut lock right beside it. Bike thieves are an opportunistic bunch – give them nothing to work with.

We love our bikes, sometimes more than we should for an inanimate machine. Our bikes are our daily connection to the streets, the hidden parts of our cities, the slow rolls along park paths when the ride home from work deserves a few extra miles under a setting sun. They are part of our identity, let nobody take that.

To help you choose the best bike lock setup possible for your cherished ride, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to bicycle security for any circumstances. In this guide, we share some stats on bicycle theft, tips on the best ways to lock your bike (and some ways to avoid), types of locks to use, new technologies combating theft, a directory of brands, and much more. Love your bike and keep it safe!

Best Bike Lock Guide - How to Lock your bike and best bike locks

Get your FREE copy of: Momentum Mag's Bike Lock Guide

In this guide, we share stats on bicycle theft, the best ways to lock your bike and which ways to avoid, types of locks to use, new technologies combating theft, a directory of brands and much more!

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3 Comments

  • Darell D. Dickey

    >> locked up securely with a quality lock may not be worth the time when a lesser bike is locked up with an easy-to-cut lock right beside it <<

    This troubles me greatly. Instead of working toward stopping bike thieves, we've become a society of "protect mine at the expense of my neighbors'." This works against us in so many ways, but sure sells more locks, doesn't it? What about the guy who needs his bike to get to and from his job, but can't afford a $100 lock for his $50 bike? We're gonna throw him under the bus because we can afford that $100 lock for our $2000 bikes? Our effort needs to go into eliminating bike theft, not into protecting OUR bikes so that a thief will just take the easier one.

  • Taylor Winfield

    I have an ABUS Bordo and I use the bike it’s on downtown most days but my requirements are not rigorous at the moment. I don’t need to lock up outside at night and that bike is locked up inside my van with a square link chain and ABUS padlock when I’m not riding it. I feel (for no good reason, I guess) that most thieves can’t be bothered with busting a Bordo when there are easier pickings about. I like the convenience and versatility of a Bordo. Not much you can’t hook up to and I carry a short piece of double ended cable to extend around really awkward places like thick columns

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