The Top 5 Bike Locks Reviewed
The beauty of cycling is that it can be many things to many people. For some, it’s a comprehensive and incredibly effective workout. It grants them fantastic cardiovascular fitness while also helping to tone and sculpt the core, legs and glutes. For others, cycling is a far more therapeutic, almost spiritual endeavor. It allows them to engage with their environment far more intimately than if they were to simply zip by in a car. Cycling allows us to enjoy our environs while also allowing the stress of the working day to drain away as we pedal. For some, cycling is simply a cost-effective and sustainable way of getting where they need to be, whether that be the workplace, a place of education or simply the grocery store.
Whatever cycling means to you, it’s likely that you went to great time and effort trying to find a bike that suited your individual needs. It’s also likely that you were prepared to pay top dollar for a bike that was just perfect for you! With that in mind, it can be incredibly dispiriting and upsetting when we find an empty space or a forlorn single wheel where our bike used to be. Bicycle theft is an ever-present threat which cyclists need to be aware of. Aside from being careful and vigilant the most effective way to protect your bike is with a robust lock.
Here we’ll look at our top picks from some of the best bike locks on the market. Invest in any one of these and your bike will be safe for life!
For those of you in a hurry, our choice for the Best Bike Lock is the SIGTUNA Bike lock.
Best Overall Bike Lock
When you think about what you want from a bike lock, strength and impenetrability are probably pretty high on your list of priorities. Thankfully, Sigtuna’s bike lock offers strength in abundance as well as some other helpful features to boot.
This robust U-lock is made from 16mm bars of the brand’s signature “Viking steel”. That means it is incredibly tough and will prove impenetrable for even the most determined thief. What’s more the double bolted locking mechanism uses advanced locking technology and a pick-resistant locking cylinder. This gives users the best possible protection against thieves who use lock picks as well as less patient thieves who resort to hitting and pulling attacks. The bike also comes with 3 laser cut alloy keys which are engineered for precision. This lock really does have no weak links!
There’s also a 1200 Woven Steel Double Loop Flex Cable included which can be used as a secondary defence against thieves or for locking multiple bikes together. What’s more, the robust design makes this lock look really formidable. One look at this lock and even desperate thieves will move onward for easier pickings elsewhere.
It’s generous proportions (5.75” x9.75”) mean that you may be able to lock two bikes together using the U-lock and will be able to secure your bike to virtually any frame, fence, pole or post.
Despite its strength it is easy and convenient to use. The locking and unlocking mechanism is nice and smooth and the lock can be detached from its mounting bracket (included) with just a touch of the sturdy red button.
This combination of features has earned the Sigtuna’s bike lock a top score of 8/10 in the Sigtuna Security Level System. Best of all, if you’re not completely satisfied, Sigtuna offer a 100% money back guarantee.
Perfect for – Those who want a robust yet satisfying and easy to use lock. Those who want to lock up their child or partner’s bike along with their own.
- SIZE DOES MATTER - Our Bicycle Lock model Wodan is made of 16mm Hardened ABS Steel. This thickness outperforms almost all bike locks on the market. It is certified against a wide range of attacks and the Double Bolt Mechanism is designed for extensive holding power. With this kind of protection, you will be sure that your bike is safe (and you can enjoy more rides to family and friends!).
- THIEVES WILL THINK TWICE - This model Bike U lock comes with a 4 Feet Double Loop Steel Cable. The 10mm thick Cable works as an Extra and Double Layer of Security and helps you secure your accessories, like a helmet. With this extra cable lock, you can lock whatever you bring plus thieves will think twice and go for an easier target (your bike is secure!)
- GO FOR EASY LOCKING - The Mounting Bracket Holder is easy to install with our instructions and with just one push on the Quick-Release Button the U-lock can be released from the bracket. This enables you to quickly take and store your bike lock when out on a ride (so that you can enjoy your day!) and with 3 laser-cut Keys, you will never have to worry when you lose one.
- WARRANTY AND SERVICE - If this U-lock is not the favorite you ever owned - some say it is heavy, but that means it is secure - just return it and get a full refund. No questions asked, you can rely on us. We stand for our products, so all our products come with a 3-year guarantee. Our customers love that, we know you will too.
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Best Lightweight Bike Lock
Want a robust and secure lock but have a nasty habit of losing your keys? It can be extremely frustrating when you lose your keys and the very strength and robustness for which you bought your lock suddenly becomes your greatest obstacle.
The beauty of Sportneer’s bike lock is that it is keyless and uses a combination known only to you. The highly advanced 5-digit combination lock, allowing up to 100,000 possible codes making it nearly impossible to crack for passing ne’er-do-wells. It’s extremely easy to set and reset your combination and if you’re feeling extra security-conscious you can even rotate your passcode every few months just to be on the safe side.
This is not your typical u-lock but a long and flexible cable lock meaning that it can fit any bike of any size or even multiple bikes together. In fact, it’s easy to use this to secure other valuables like ladders, lawnmowers or toolboxes. You can even use it to lock your gates while you’re away from home.
For all its versatility it won’t let you down on strength. Its 0.27 inch extra thick manganese steel links offer outstanding cut resistance while the protective zinc-plated coating helps to prevent it from scratching as well.
Perfect for – Those who want superior protection… But have a habit of losing little things like keys. Those who wish to keep multiple bikes locked up or those who may wish to use it to lock up other belongings, such as a bike helmet.
- KEYLESS SECURE LOCK MECHANISM: This bike chain lock has advanced 5-digit combination lock, allowing up to 100,000 possible codes making it nearly impossible to crack. Keyless convenience
- DURABLE CUT RESISTANCE CABLE: This bike lock cable is made from 0.27 inch extra thick manganese steel for cut resistance and protective zinc-plated coating to prevent from scratching
- EASY TO SET/RESET: Easy to set and reset your own personalized number combination
- LONG FLEXIBLE CABLE: This bike lock is 3.2 feet long, ideal for bicycles, bike, ladders, lawnmowers, gates, fences, tool boxes, bbq, sport equipments and etc..
- WATERPROOF & DUSTPROOF COVER: A flexible cloth sleeve which covers the chains to protect it from being scratched and sawed, long lifespan
Strongest Bike Lock
All cyclists know and trust the Kryptonite brand. They’re well known for creating bicycle locks so strong and so impenetrable that not even Superman himself could crack them open. While their first offering in this list is a little pricier than its predecessors you know that the little extra cost pays for a pedigree and reputation that is known amongst generations of cyclists.
Sporting the same canary yellow as a New York cab, the Fahgettaboudit Mini offers the protection you need to, well, forget about anyone attempting to steal your bike.
The u-lock itself is made from some of the toughest steel on the market; 18mm max-performance hardened steel that gives this product a 10/10 security rating. New hardened double deadbolts offer increased strength and stability. The cross bar containing the locking cylinder is protected by a patented steel sleeve to protect the cylinder from dirt, dust and debris picked up in transit… Not that the locking cylinder needs all that much protection.
The disc-style locking cylinder is made to the highest security standards and is pick and even drill resistant. The lock comes with 3 stainless steel keys- incorporating a brand new design and including one LED replaceable key fob.
The lock comes with a lifetime guarantee and “key safe” program. This means that if you register your keys you can receive replacements within 2 days no matter where you are in the world if you should lose them.
In all honesty, the greatest protection the Kryptonite brand gives you is its name. When thieves see it, they show the same aversion that DC comics’ flagship character shows for glowing green rocks. All but the most foolhardy will simply back away, while even the most determined and resourceful thief will find it completely impenetrable.
The only restriction is its diminutive size. At 3.25” x 6” this is best suited to smaller bikes.
Perfect for – Anyone who wants a small, portable lock with the best protection you can get on the market. This is good for people with expensive bikes, such as an electric bicycle. Those looking for similar security qualities but in a larger size will benefit from…
- 18mm hardened MAX-PERFORMANCE STEEL SHACKLE
- Patent-pending HARDENED DOUBLE DEADBOLT design gives additional protection against twist and cut attacks
- Patented STEEL SLEEVE over cross bar for double security. Center keyway defends against leverage attacks
- HIGHEST SECURITY DISC-STYLE CYLINDER is pick and drill resistant
- Sliding dustcover to PROTECT FROM DIRT AND DEBRIS
Best Chain Bike Lock
If you want the strength and security of Kryptonite’s Fahgettaboudit mini with increased flexibility and versatility, this chain is for you. The 5 foot long chain offers fantastic protection, made of 14mm six sided links made of 3T manganese steel ensheathed in a durable, protective nylon cover with hook-n-loop fasteners to keep it in place.
The phenomenally strong chain is combined with an oval hardened steel crossbar for added security and hardened double deadbolt locking for incredible holding power. The cylinder is robust as you might expect from Kryptonite with reinforced an anti-drill/pull cylinder protection system designed with more than one million key variations.
Again, because the Kryptonite logo is so prominently displayed, this chain lock will give even the most determined thief serious pause.
Perfect for – Anyone who wants superior locking power yet has several bikes they need to secure or may want to secure other things as well as their bike.
- 14mm six-sided chain links made of 3t HARDENED MANGANESE STEEL for ultimate strength
- Durable, protective nylon cover with hook-n-loop fasteners to hold in place
- Includes maximum security New York Disc Lock with 15mm MAX-PERFORMANCE STEEL SHACKLE
- Patented*, oval hardened STEEL CROSSBAR for extra security
- Hardened DOUBLE DEADBOLT locking for extensive holding power
Best Cheap Bike Lock
All the strength of a U-lock, all the versatility of a chain… And it even self-coils after use so that you can store it easily and conveniently. The Titanker Bike Lock Cable is a great solution for anyone with a wide range of locking needs. Plus, with an Amazon selling price of just $9.99 (at the time of writing) it’s great for those on a budget.
The 4 foot long cable itself is comprised of flexible 12mm steel cables for great cut resistance encased in a smooth vinyl exterior for scratch resistance and a seamless aesthetic. The 4-digit combination lock offers keyless convenience while the code is easy to set and reset and can be changed as often as you wish offering 10,000 numerical possibilities.
It comes with a sturdy mounting bracket and one-button easy release.
Perfect for – Those with inexpensive bikes, such as an old hybrid bike, or other values that need to be securely locked up, yet expect great security at an extremely affordable price.
- Easy to set combination: 4-digit combination locking mechanisms for keyless convenience with a free mounting bracket for easy transportation
- Resettable: Easy to set your own personalized number combination
- Multipurpose: ideal for bicycles, skateboards, gates & fences, grills & lawnmowers, sports equipment, tool boxes & ladders
- Good performance cable: Flexible steel cables for strong cut resistance and PVC coating helps prevent scratching and keeping more durable
- Note for winter bikers: when below 20-25 degrees, cable gets stiff and hard to bend
No matter what your locking needs, where you live or what your budget may be, there’s a sturdy and versatile lock on this list for everyone! We believe that you can never be too careful, and a bike lock is something you should always ride with, just like a good set of bike lights. Of course, pedal bicycles aren’t the only thing that needs to be locked up. If you have a motorbike, you will need a motorcycle lock to secure it.
Recommended Bike Lock Accessories
Bike Security Cable
- Perfect for locking two or more bicycles, motorcycles or scooters together when combined with another Kryptonite lock
- 10mm BRAIDED STEEL CABLE provides increased cut resistance
- DOUBLE LOOPED CABLE for use with all Kryptonite U-locks, disc locks and padlocks
- Protective vinyl cover
- Product dimensions: 3/8" (10mm) cable diameter, 7' (213cm) cable length
Bike Lock Anchor
- PERMANENT LOCKING POINT for use indoors or outdoors to keep vehicles and bicycles safe
- Attach to solid concrete ground/walls, or to truck/trailer beds
- 16mm hardened CARBON ALLOY STEEL SHACKLE
- 5/8" cement anchor bolts installed directly into the cement
- Includes 2 MASONRY BITS (1- initial pilot hole, 1-final moly-bolt diameter)
How To Lock Your Bike
Here is a good YouTube video showing how to properly lock your bike: