The more effort it takes to pick a lock, the more attention the thief will attract. The position of the bike is also crucial; it is best to park your treasure on busy corners that can be seen. The many different shapes, lengths, colours and designs make it possible to find the right lock for every application. Basically, we recommend a lock that costs about 50-100 € and has a high security level.
The classic chain and cable lock
The price and uncomplicated handling of classic chain and cable locks make them the first choice for most bikers. There are many different options, from a child-friendly lock with a colourful look to a professional Abus chain and lock combination with security level 15. The type of lock can also vary. For most locks, there is a variant with a combination lock and a variant with a key. Cable locks are somewhat easier to use and lighter, but at the same time offer a maximum security level of 6. Modern chain locks are much more flexible, especially in direct comparison with folding locks, and can also be easily locked to a tree or the nearest lamppost. The square chains used, the modern lock bodies and locking cylinders effectively deter most thieves from their plans. All locks are surrounded by a soft casing that prevents the frame from being scratched. The flexibility of the chain and cable locks, as well as their different lengths, make them real all-rounders that are also suitable for securing expensive bikes.
Folding and U-locks for more security
Folding locks have become increasingly popular in recent years. The massive joints and extremely robust struts made of specially hardened steel are almost impregnable. The locks can be compactly folded and easily attached to the frame or stowed in a backpack by means of a small bag. With a length of up to 120 cm, they are also suitable for securing if there is no bicycle stand in sight. The folding locks are also available with a key or combination lock. Smart additional features, such as a built-in alarm system or the option to order several locks with the same key, offer the ideal solution for every case. Thanks to modern manufacturing processes, these locks are also significantly lighter than they were a few years ago. Between 830 grams and a little over a kilo should not be too much for the security of the bike. Thanks to the struts being encased in a multi-layer plastic, the frame will not be scratched even during rough use. The outstanding quality of these locks made of stainless steel, the especially secure locking mechanisms and the easy transport make folding locks currently the most attractive option! If you own a particularly valuable bike and have a reliable stand or bike garage at your disposal, you can also choose a U-lock. Provided they are of a certain quality, these locks are considered to be theoretically unpickable and an extreme deterrent to thieves. The extra-hardened steel, the double locking of the shackle and specially coded keys make a U-lock a high-security system. Extremely practical features, such as an LED-illuminated key or an automatic covering of the keyhole, complete the functionality. Here, too, it is possible to order different locks with the same key.