Velo Vitality

Which lock should I buy for my bike? This is a question that we get asked a lot in store, so for those of you shopping online, I would like to try to help you to choose a good lock as well.


What Am I Looking For In A Bike Lock?

The purpose of a bike lock should be that you feel as safe as possible leaving your bike locked up somewhere.  It is best to have a good lock, which is appropriate for the value of your bike.  As a general rule, it is good to spend 10% of the value of your bike on a lock.  Of course it is not only the lock that you need to consider.  Where possible, try to think about where you are locking your bike up.  Outside shopping centres and inside train stations seem to be hotspots for bike theft, so where possible try to avoid this.

Also try to alternate between about 3 or 4 different areas of where you lock your bike if you are locking it up every day.  The reason for this is, if your bike is in the same place every day for long periods of time, a thief can see which lock you use and could plan to come back another day, when they have worked out how to break into the lock.


What Is A Sold Secure Rated Lock:

As you will be aware, there are many different companies offering bike locks.  There is however one independent company called Sold Secure, which bike lock companies will pay to rate their locks. Therefore, all locks with a Sold Secure rating are rated fairly.  They will be rated from Bronze (being the lowest rated) to Gold (Being the highest rated). If you already have a lock, you can check whether it has been tested here.


Ungraded Locks: If a company has not paid to have a lock rated, it will be classed as 'Ungraded'.  The locks which tend to be ungraded are usually cable locks.  Cable locks were not designed to be the main lock for a bike, but instead a secondary lock for locking up your wheels for extra protection.  For this they serve an excellent purpose.  Cable locks tend to be a popular choice as a main lock, as they are cheap, light and convenient, but they offer little security.

Sold Secure - Bronze Rated Locks:

Bronze Rated Locks are good locks.  Some insurance companies will accept these if you are insuring your bike.  This Kryptonite Bronze Rated Chain lock is one of our best selling locks:

It is a great lock because it is not too heavy, weighing about 1224g. It is big enough so that you can lock your bike up against lamp posts. This makes it very convenient.  If you live in London or another big city, I would advise you use a Gold Rated Lock and this lock would be great as a secondary lock.

Sold Secure - Silver Rated Locks:

Most insurance companies will accept silver rated locks.  These locks will often be D-Locks.  D-Locks are generally the most secure types of bike lock. This Silver Rated D-Lock also has a cable lock to keep your wheels safe, which is also a good thing to do.

Sold Secure Gold Rated Locks:

Gold rated locks are the most secure locks that you can buy.  All insurance companies will accept these locks, but if you live in a Big City, it is worth checking that there is not a specific Gold rated lock that they would prefer you to have.  For example in New York, you will be required to have the Kryptonite New York Gold Rated Lock.  If you live in London,  it is always advised to have a Gold Rated lock as your main lock and a second lock is also great to have for extra security.


How to lock your Bike Up:

There are usually 2 sections of a frame which are enclosed, so you can lock your bike through them.


If you have a longer lock, it is usually best to put your lock through the main part of the frame, the back wheel and the secure mounting point. Try to fill the centre of the lock with the bike, eliminating any lock movement. The reason it is best to try to include the back wheel is because if one of your wheels are stolen, the back wheel will be much more expensive to replace.


If your have a smaller lock, it is usually best to lock your bike through the rear triangle of the frame, the back wheel and the object that you are locking your bike to:

I hope this helps you to make a decision on which bike lock will suit you and your bike best and to lock up your bike as safely as possible.




Written by Jonathan Holmes — October 16, 2014