Lock it or Lose it!
Our Buying Guide to Bicycle Locks…
Unfortunately, with bike theft on the steady increase, there is even more reason to ensure you take all the necessary measures to help prevent this from happening.
Bicycles are targeted by thieves because they are seen as relatively easy to steal and sell on. Too many people still don’t take even the basic steps needed to protect their bicycles.
It’s a well-known statistic fact that most areas worldwide show the vast majority of bicycles stolen are not even locked or poorly secured. This includes those that are reported stolen from sheds, garages, front porches and other areas at home where people believe their bikes to be safe.
One of the first rules to ensuring safeguarding your bicycle is purchasing a good lock suitable for your bike and remembering to always use it!
The good news is that the Team at Ride St Albans are here to help!
We offer a wide selection of locks to help protect your bike!
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. If we don’t have it, we can get it for you…
D-Locks come in a variety of sizes and are usually made of steel covered with vinyl to protect
your bike’s paintwork. To use a D-lock, the crossbar is unlocked
and removed and the “D” fits around an immovable object (e.g.,
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 “D” to lock
It’s difficult for thieves to tamper with D-locks so you may wish to
use a cable or chain lock along with a D-lock so that you can
leave the front wheel in place and secure it with the cable/chain.
Also, having 2 different type of locks means the thief has to work
harder to steal your bike and will usually choose an easier one
to try to steal.
D-locks can usually be carried on the bicycle with a special holder sometimes included with the
lock. They also can fit into your backpack.
Chain Locks are comprised of steel links and usually covered
with a nylon or vinyl sleeve to protect your bike’s paintwork. They
can include a built-in or separate padlock, combination lock or mini
Chain locks are longer (up to six feet) than D-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.
Chain locks are usually heavier than D-locks because of how
many links there are and how heavy these can be. There are
models available specially shaped and with practically unbreakable
links for superior security. Chain locks can be carried in a
backpack. Sometimes you can wear them over your shoulder and across your chest or as a belt.
Cable Locks can 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 bicycle.
Cable locks are longer than D-locks (We can get cables up to 30 feet
long) 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 backpack. Be aware however
even the thickest cable locks do not provide as much security as D
and chain lock so they are best used in safer areas, more as a deterrent than for serious protection.
Tips on locking up your bicycle…
To protect your bicycle from theft, you need to understand those bike thieves are quick, sneaky, resourceful and always on the lookout for easy bikes to grab. Leaving your bike unlocked even for 10 minutes is the biggest mistake you can ever make.
Every cyclist needs a good bike lock for whenever they leave their bicycle unattended. Always assume that a thief is out there looking for bikes to steal so make sure your bike is safe.
Every time you park your bike, lock it! And, if people can see in your garden, shed or garage, lock your bicycle to something there too so that it’s safe and hard to get.
Also, if you are going on a car journey don’t forget to lock your bicycle on the bike rack on your car when you’re carrying. This will ensure your bicycle is secure on the rack so it won’t fall off during your journey but also helps prevent the bike from being stolen if you have to stop off. Remember even bikes inside cars and vans can get stolen, so hide them with a blanket and/or lock them, as well.
REMEMBER LOCK IT OR LOSE IT!
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 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.
Often, all that’s needed is a good quality single cable, chain or D-lock. In some cases, it maybe is 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 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 in anyway we can!