Picking the perfect Bike Lock
For a lot of young people or environmentally conscious travellers, bikes are their main method of transportation. Since the late 19 th Century, bikes have been a cheap, reliable and efficient form of transporting people and goods, and is probably the only current form of transportation we have that has no effect on the environment after manufacturing.
Although bikes are a lot cheaper than cars, they’re also very easy to steal: cyclists frequently worry about their bike being stolen or damaged by a potential thief, with quick-release wheels being frequent victims of theft or damage. Bikes, especially in built-up urban areas are likely to be preyed on by bicycle thieves, so buying any old, fragile lock won’t do.
The most common form of lock is the D-Lock, so called because it looks like the letter D. Usually built out of sturdy metal, they’re a popular choice for riders as they’re easy to attach and detach in a rush and can resist attacks by thieves with bolt cutters or angle grinders. Unfortunately, they’re not indestructible: car jacks can be used to inflict enough force to break the lock on cheaper models, and old cylinder-lock models are vulnerable to lockpicking.
Other types of locks, such as the O-Lock, Chain Lock and Cable Locks are viable alternatives – O-Locks are more resistant to brute-force attempts and are more compact, but cannot be fastened to hardpoints, only locking the back wheel in place. Chain and cable locks are more flexible than D or O-Locks, allowing you to fasten multiple points to the rack/hard point, preventing wheel theft, but they’re easier to break.
Sometimes, the problem isn’t lock itself but how it’s fastened to the object. Simply locking your front wheel to the frame prevents people from riding away with your bike, but there’s nothing stopping them from lifting it up and taking it away with them if the lock isn’t attached to a hard point, like a bike rack. Attaching a wheel to the hard point with the lock is only a deterrent if you’re not using quick-release wheels, which can easily be removed, leaving the frame unsecured. Always check to make sure the bike rack/hard point is stuck firmly to the ground, to make sure that nobody can lift the pole up and detach the bike.
The best method of locking a bike is by getting the strongest parts of the frame and a wheel inside the lock, with both the frame and the lock being highly resistant to brute-force methods of breakage and the wheels safe from being removed and stolen. It might be a long and tedious process to secure your bike properly, but bike thieves usually steal bikes that haven’t been locked up properly as described above.
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