A decent bike lock can be the difference between cruising home and being forced to walk — not to mention the blow a stolen can deal to your wallet. This bike lock will give you the most bang for your buck, and it's what seasoned bike thieves would use on their own rides.
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You don't want to throw down your hard-earned money on a bike lock unless you know it's going to keep your ride safe from thieves. Eric Hansen at The Sweethome did some extensive product research and then spoke with some real-deal bike thieves to see which locks manage to foil them. One thief, dubbed "Bug Out", explained that U-locks require special tools and aren't worth his time. Another thief, known only as "Jimmy", agreed, suggesting you have to be able to cut through both legs.
We've suggested U-locks before (and explained that the best practice is the Sheldon method), but which U-locks are the best? Hansen suggests the Kryptonite Series 2 package, for cheaper bikes. For really pricey bikes you're better off with the costlier Kryptonite New York Standard Bicycle U-Lock with Transit FlexFrame Bracket.
Most locks — like cable locks and padlocks — are easy for thieves to crack with minimal tools, so make sure you're protecting your bike as much as you can. To read more about the other bike locks tested — and learn more from the interviewed bike thieves — check out the link below.
The Best Bike Lock [The Sweethome]