The 8 Best Bike Locks to Buy in 2018

Keep your bike secure with these top locks

Looking to protect your bike with the best lock? First, figure out how you ride. Are you a bike commuter locking to a rack or a beach cruiser tying up to palm trees? Are you pedaling a vintage road frame through the park or a fixie through crowded city streets? To help keep your ride secure, we unlocked the best bike locks, so read on to see which is the right one for you.

New York City’s bike thieves are notorious for their tenacity, innovation, and occasional use of power tools. This chain and U-lock system earns its right to invoke the toughness of Big Apple bike messengers with 39 inches of 14 mm, six-sided, manganese steel chain held tight with a 15 mm steel shackle. Kryptonite’s patented oval hardened steel crossbar and a double deadbolt lock can’t be jacked open and this steel isn’t going to be drilled. The chain is sheathed in a durable nylon cover to protect your paint, and one of the three keys has an integrated high-intensity light for all-night safety.

At about $30, this classic Kryptonite Kryptolok Series 2 is the most security bang for your buck. Use the U-Lock on its own for quick rack lock ups because the 13 mm shackle is more than strong enough to hold up against most bolt cutters. For longer lockups or high-theft zones, bring the 4-foot KryptoFlex cable for securing the front wheel. It also comes with an improved FlexFrame-U transportation system, which allows for multiple mount positions on your bike.

Quick lockups are a cinch with the OnGuard Brute Mini U-Lock because of a TriRadius shackle that is tough but still allows for multiple locking options. OnGuard’s X4P Quattro locking mechanism provides four-sided protection from drills, bolt cutters and even saws. Throw it in your backpack, or mount it to your bike with the Snap Lock Quick Release bracket. It comes with five keys, one of which has an integrated micro-light for added safety.

Kryptonite’s Evolution Series 4 Disc Lock is a burly 14 mm steel shackle and double deadbolt lock that resists bolt cutters, pry bars and jacks. Meanwhile, the disc-style lock cylinder is reinforced with anti-drill steel. Includes a nice carrying pouch and disc lock reminder that will easily fit in a pack or under the seat.

The simple innovation in this bike lock was manufactured with input from a fleet of New York City bike messengers. They needed a lock that was tough, light and easy to take on and off. The Mini U-lock is a light, 11 mm shackle that adds an 11 mm wheel extender for secondary protection for your front or rear wheel. The crossbar has a reinforced cuff for pry-resistant durability and the DuoCore cylinder is tough to drill. The stainless steel keys come with coiled wrist key chains so you can keep it on you all day.

Bike commuters and messengers have long worn their chains around their waist or slung over their shoulder, but it’s rarely a comfortable option. Enter Hiplok, a British firm merging security and fashion. This lock system integrates a burly chain into an adjustable belt that allows you to wear it comfortably around your waist like a belt. It comes in four colors, but your best bet is to go with black — it matches everything in your wardrobe.

Lock up your bike with this innovative cuff system. Master Lock has engineered a pivot into each cuff for easy lock up around both the bike and the rack or pole. Heat-treated laminated steel construction and ratchet-tight locks protect against most bolt cutters, pry bars and jacks. Soft touch bumpers protect your paint, and they fold in half for easy storage on your belt loop or attached to your messenger bag.

Crusin’ in resort towns? Pedaling through wine country? Riding with your kids in the park? For five bucks you can tether your rig with four feet of Master Lock’s 5/16-inch braided steel. It’s coated with a protective vinyl so it won’t scratch your paint job. Keyless entry is convenient — just don’t make your code 1234.


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