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Buyer's Guide To Bicycle Locks!

Get a good bicycle lock and keep your bike safe!Having your bicycle stolen is a real risk that you need to be aware of and take measures to prevent. Bikes are targeted by thieves because they're relatively easy to steal and sell. This is mainly because many people don't realize bikes are desirable so they don't protect them the way they should.

In fact, law enforcement statistics in most areas worldwide show that the vast majority of stolen bikes get that way because they weren't even locked. This includes those that are reported stolen from yards, garages, front porches and other spots at home where people believe their bikes to be safe.

So, the good news is that the first rule of safeguarding your bicycle is getting a good lock and always using it. And, we're here to help!

We have a wide selection of locks to keep your bike yours!
Here are the 3 main bicycle lock types with some pros and cons for each. We strive to keep the best and latest in bike security in stock, so check with us if you're looking for something other than shown here. We probably have it, or can get it for you fast.

U-Locks are a popular choice for high security.U-Locks come in a variety of sizes and are usually made of steel covered with vinyl to protect your bike's finish. To use a U-lock, the crossbar is unlocked and removed and the "U" fits around an immovable object (like the bike-parking rack) and the bike frame and rear and front wheels (you need to remove the front wheel and put it next to the rear wheel). Then you lock the crossbar in place on the "U" to lock your bike.

It's difficult for thieves to violate U-locks. Still, you may wish to use a cable or chain lock along with a U-lock so that you can leave the front wheel in place and secure it with the cable/chain. Also, having 2 different type locks means the thief has to work harder to steal your bike and will usually choose an easier one to try to steal.

U-locks can usually be carried on the bicycle with a special holder sometimes included with the lock. They also fit in a pack. Note that the small U-lock shown is the type used with chain locks usually (see next section).

Chain Locks have a greater reach.Chain Locks are comprised of steel links and usually covered with a nylon or vinyl sleeve to protect your bike's finish. They can include a built-in or separate padlock, combination lock or mini U-lock.

Chain locks are longer than U-locks so they reach further and can be easier to get around certain bicycles and objects commonly locked to. Longer models will reach around both wheels so you don't have to remove your front wheel.

Because of the heavy and many links, chain locks are usually heavier than U-locks. There are models with specially shaped and nearly unbreakable links for super security. Chain locks can be carried in a pack. Sometimes you can wear them over your shoulder and across your chest or as a belt.

Cable Locks are the most convenient but are not for high-risk.Cable Locks come in almost unlimited lengths and thicknesses. They're made of coiled wire and can include a built-in or separate padlock or combination lock. They're usually covered in vinyl to protect your bike.

Cable locks are longer than U-locks so they reach further and can be easier to get around certain bicycles and objects. Longer models will reach around both wheels so you don't have to remove your front wheel.

Cable locks are among the lightest locks and they are usually self-coiling making them easy to carry in a pack (you can also hang them from your bicycle. Note that even the thickest cable locks do not provide as much security as U and chain locks so they are best used in safer areas, more as a deterrent than for serious protection.

Tips and videos on locking your bicycle
To protect your precious two-wheeler from theft, you need to realize that bike thieves are quick, sneaky, resourceful and always on the lookout for easy bikes to grab. Leaving your bike unlocked is the biggest mistake you can make.

Every cyclist needs a good bike lock for whenever they leave their bicycle unattended. Assume that a thief is out there looking for bikes to steal and make sure yours is safe.

Every time you park your bike, lock it. And, if people can see in your yard or shed, lock your bicycle to something there, too, so that it's safe. And don't forget to lock it to your bike rack on your car when you're carrying it that way, too (even bikes inside cars and trucks can get stolen, so hide them with a blanket and/or lock them, as well).

Locking pointers
When you secure your bicycle properly with a bike lock, thieves will think twice. A bicycle that's locked up right is difficult to steal and even the most well-equipped bike thieves will target something easier to reduce their chances of getting caught in the act of trying to steal your bike.

To protect your bike fully, you need to secure the frame and both wheels to an immovable object with a quality bicycle lock. How you do this depends on your bicycle type, what objects you lock to most of the time, and how risky it is where you leave your bicycle locked/parked.

We carry a wide selection of quality bicycle locks and can help you keep your bikes safe. Let us know where you park your bike and we can help you choose the right type of bike lock for securing it and show you the best way to use it, too.

Often, all that's needed is a single cable, chain or U-lock. In some cases, it maybe be important or simply more convenient to carry and secure your bike with 2 locks. If you have to park in an area where lots of bicycles have been stolen, we can recommend our most secure locks, which are designed by security experts at the lock companies to withstand almost anything the thieves can come up with.

Bicycles getting stolen is as important an issue to us as it is to you. Please ask if you have any questions about bike locks, locking or bike safety and we'll be happy to help anyway we can.

Catalog Items

Electra Abus Frame Lock Adapter
$6.99

Abus' Frame Lock Adapter allows you to mount the Abus 4850 Frame Lock to most bikes that have cantilever-style brake mounts… [more]

Kryptonite Kryptoflex 525 Seatsaver Double Loop Cable
$7.95

The KryptoFlex 525 Seatsaver Cable is a 2.5-foot cable ideal for securing your bike's seat and seatpost. It's 5mm braided… [more]

Kryptonite Modulus Accessory Bracket
$7.95

Kryptonite's Modulus Accessory Bracket is for use with their Modulus locking system (sold separately). Grab a spare bracket… [more]

Kryptonite Gripper Combination Padlock
$7.99

Keep your stuff safe with Kryptonite's Gripper Combination Padlock. It sports a steel body and a hardened steel shackle for… [more]

Kryptonite Keeper 512 Combination Cable
$7.99

Lock your bike's quick-release components with Kryptonite's 4-foot long Keeper 512 Combination Cable. It's a 5mm braided… [more]

Kryptonite Laminated Steel Padlock
$9.95

Keep your stuff safe with Kryptonite's Laminated Steel Padlock. It sports a double deadbolt locking mechanism and a hardened… [more]

Kryptonite Kryptoflex 1004 Double Loop Cable
$9.99

The KryptoFlex 1004 Double Loop Cable is a 3/8-inch braided steel cable providing increased cut resistance. The double loops… [more]

Kryptonite Keeper 465 Combo Chains
$10.99

- 3-Digit NonResettable Combination - 4mm thick chain links - 65cm in length - Combo Safe Program [more]

Kryptonite Keeper 465 Key Chains
$10.99

- 2 keys included - 4mm thick chain links - 65cm in length [more]

Kryptonite Transit H-Bar Carrier
$12.95

Kryptonite's Transit H-Bar Carrier securely holds your lock on your bars so it's always at the ready. It fits most… [more]

Kryptonite Kryptoflex 1007 Double Loop Cable
$12.99

The KryptoFlex 1007 Double Loop Cable is a 3/8-inch braided steel cable providing increased cut resistance. The double loops… [more]

Kryptonite Kryptoflex 818 Cable and Key Padlock
$14.45

The KryptoFlex 818 Cable and Padlock is an 8mm braided steel cable providing increased cut resistance. The double loops on… [more]

Kryptonite Kryptoflex 815 Combo Cable
$14.99

The KryptoFlex 815 Combo Cable is an 8mm braided steel cable to be used in low-crime areas or as a secondary security… [more]

Kryptonite Kryptoflex 815 Key Cable
$15.45

The KryptoFlex 815 Key Cable is an 8mm braided steel cable to be used in low-crime areas or as a secondary security measure.… [more]

Kryptonite Transit FlexFrame U-Bracket
$15.95

Kryptonite's Transit FlexFrame U-Bracket makes it easy to carry your U-lock on your bike so it's always handy. This simple… [more]

Delta Axlerodz Bolt-On Skewers
$15.99

- Extra security against theft - 5mm hex CrMo axle [more]

Kryptonite R2 Retractor Combo Cable
$16.95

• Patented 4-digit resettable combination with easy-grip dials • Recommended for quick release components and accessory lock… [more]

Kryptonite Transit Tube-R Chain Carrier
$19.95

• 2 attachment methods: Braze-on bolt points, 2 Velcro straps (when braze-on points are not available) • Transports the… [more]

Kryptonite Disc Stainless Steel Padlock 70mm
$21.95

Kryptonite's Disc Stainless Steel Padlock features an armor-protected shackle to defend against cutting attacks. The… [more]

Kryptonite KryptoFlex 1265 Combo
$21.95

- 12mm flexible braided steel cable provides increased cut resistance - Includes hook-n-loop strap for extra stability… [more]

Kryptonite KryptoFlex 1265 Key
$21.95

- 12mm flexible braided steel cable provides increased cut resistance - Includes hook-n-loop strap for extra stability… [more]

Kryptonite Kryptoflex 1018 Combo Cable
$23.99

The KryptoFlex 1018 Combo Cable is a 3/8-inch braided steel cable to be used in low-crime areas or as a secondary security… [more]

Kryptonite Kryptoflex 1018 Key Cable
$23.99

The KryptoFlex 1018 Key Cable is a 3/8-inch braided steel cable to be used in low-crime areas or as a secondary security… [more]

ABUS uGrip 560
$24.99

The ABUS uGrip 560 cable lock features an 8mm steel cable with a durable cover to protect your bicycle's finish. And, it… [more]

Electra Abus Amparo 4850 Chain Lock
$24.99

Abus' Amparo 4850 Chain Lock is for use with their Amparo 4850 Frame Lock (sold separately). Pass the 33-inch long chain… [more]

Blackburn Local U-Lock (Compact)
$25.99

Twist-proof hexagonal shackle deters thieves by roughly doubling the time it would take to cut away your lock - 10mm-thick… [more]

Kryptonite Keeper 12 STD U-Lock
$26.95

Kryptonite's Keeper 12 U-Lock is like a tough nut: you just can't crack it. Thanks to the 12mm hardened steel shackle that… [more]

Kryptonite Kryptoflex 1218 Key Cable
$27.45

The KryptoFlex 1218 Key Cable is a 12mm braided steel cable to be used in low-crime areas or as a secondary security… [more]

Kryptonite Kryptoflex 1218 Key Cable
$27.99

The KryptoFlex 1218 Key Cable is a 12mm braided steel cable to be used in low-crime areas or as a secondary security… [more]

Kryptonite Kryptoflex 1565 Key Cable
$28.45

The KryptoFlex 1565 Key Cable is a 15mm braided steel cable to be used in low-crime areas or as a secondary security… [more]

 

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