Whether your niche is mountain biking, road cycling, or everyday commuting, you probably know one thing for sure: you do not want a stranger getting ahold of the merchandise.
“If you are like so many, your bicycle is a lifestyle, and you rely on your bike to be there for you,” said Blair Nicole, spokesperson for Bike Rental Central Park. “Unfortunately, no bike lock is 100 percent safe, but that does not mean to make it easy for them, so we have compiled a list of some of the best.”
First, Analyze Your Situation
The first step to understanding your protection needs is to evaluate your surroundings. Take a really good look at the environment in places you may need to leave your bike unattended.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What type of lock do you see other people commonly using in this area?
- Are the other bikes in the area generally worth more or less than yours (ie., is your bike in particular a target)?
- Are there security cameras in sight?
- Are you here to run a quick 10-minute errand or will you be inside working a full eight hour shift?
The answer to these questions can guide you to understand the level of protection you need. For example, if you are just stopping in at the coffee shop for a few minutes and your bike is still in view, a basic cable lock may be all you need to feel safe. However, if you work in a neighborhood where it is common to see cyclists using multiple U-locks, you may want to follow suit during your work day.
While a cable lock may be the most common type of lock available, it is not always the safest. Even thick cable can be no problem for a good set of bolt cutters. Cables do have their benefits, however. They can be lightweight, often feature a combination code, and are great for quick, casual trips. More importantly, they can be used in conjunction with heftier systems — threaded between tire spokes and bike frame — for the added security of making sure wheels stay put. For a popular cable lock with great reviews, check out some of Kryptonite’s options, such as the KryptoFlex.
Often stronger than cables, a chain lock stands up better against bolt cutters, while remaining flexible enough to accommodate any bike stand. Hiplok chain lock is a great option if you are worried about weight, as its design allows it to be buckled around your waist when not in use. On the down side, chains are still susceptible to hack saws, though the time and effort required does make for a notable deterrent.
Most would agree that a U-lock is the strongest type of bicycle lock. Consisting of a solid metal “U” and shackle, a U-lock has the ability to withstand heavy tampering. Many U-lock sets, such as the Sigtuna Gear and Kryptonite Evolution, come with an added cable for extra security. Because U-locks have the reputation of becoming inconvenient.
Nokē has developed a smart, keyless U-lock, that connects to your phone via Bluetooth 4.0. However, if you are looking for something lighter, yet still reasonably effective, the TiGr Mini lock features a sleek design that won’t weigh you down.
If you are in the market for something a little easier to carry, take a look at the Foldylock by Seatylock. This lock is arguably strong, and folds down into a compact 7.5 inches, easily stowed in any bag. For even more security, try adding an AXA Defender Dutch Lock. Dutch locks are able to permanently and discreetly mount to your bicycle frame, and with a quick key turn, will disable the mobility of your rear wheel.
Bike Rental Central Park
If you love to bike New York City, plan to leave your bike (and lock) at home while you spend the day in Central Park. With lock and helmet provided free of charge, and excellent rental prices to boot, renting is the way to go. Bike Rental Central Park always provides clean, safe, top-rated bicycles, so you can experience the park’s numerous attractions effortlessly.