Have you ever had a bike stolen? I have and I’m sure most London Cyclist readers will have as well. Cycle in London for long enough and it’s an unfortunate probability, that you will one day be a victim of bike theft. That’s why I highly recommend bicycle insurance.
Cyclists don’t help their probabilities however when you see their bikes secured with flimsy locks such as these. These locks are simply not suitable for high theft locations like London.
1. Master Lock 1800x8mm key self coiling Cable Lock Black
Believe it or not, this is the one of the best selling bike locks on Amazon. Yet, it looks like something you could cut through with a pair of scissors. I wouldn’t even use this lock to protect my front wheel. The cost: £4.39. Save your money!
2. 6mm X 550mm combination bike lock
When we asked readers which of these bikes would be stolen first, they overwhelmingly picked one that was locked with something along the lines of the above lock. Yet, amazingly, this is the third best selling bike lock on Amazon! It costs £1.99 – you get what you pay for.
3. Oxford Combination Cable Lock – Bronze
Oxford is a more reputable company but at the bottom of their range they have their combination lock which costs £3.81. This is a better option than the two above but still only really suitable for very low crime areas. It is rated as Bronze on the sold secure scale.
4. Metalock Metalock Coil Combination Lock 180cm X 10mm
At £7.20, this lock by Metalock is a tiny bit more expensive than the options listed above and at least offers 10mm of steel for the thief to cut through. A much more expensive Kryptonite lock, which we recommend as a secondary lock, offers 12 mm of steel but costs 4 times more!
5. Metalock Metalock Shackle Lock 110 X 229 X 12mm
This lock is definitely a step in the right direction and a fair bit stronger than the options above. With 12mm of steel, it compares favourably to the Kryptonite lock we recommend that has 13mm of steel. The difference being this is a 1/4 of the price. Overall, I’d still rather spend more and get a trusted brand like Kryptonite to protect my bike with. There’s a lot more than goes in to a bike lock other than simply the thickness of the steel shackle.
For a list of bike locks you should use, checkout our bike lock guide. They are a fair bit more expensive, but they will actually protect your bike against theft.
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