Bike Locks Features Comparison
Security is foremost when considering which cheap bicycle lock to buy. Whether you opt for a U-, cable, or chain lock, it should be made of steel strong enough to deter would-be thieves. But users also want a lock that's easy to transport; that requirement suggests either a lightweight model or one that comes with a mounting mechanism. Ease of use is another feature consumers also appreciate, so clear-cut locking mechanisms, several keys (especially one that lights up at night) or combination codes are a must. Durable locks that will last through the years and withstand the elements are also coveted features, and free anti-theft warranties appeal to riders who live in higher-crime areas.
|Kryptonite Kryptolok Series 2 Standard Bicycle U-Lock estimated price $28||Hardened steel shackle and 10mm braided steel cable for extra security||3.6 pounds||Mount transportation bracket and anti-rattle bumpers to reduce noise during transport||Features a high-security disc style cylinder and has a center keyway||$1,250 anti-theft protection warranty and key protection that guarantees replacement keys if they break or are lost|
|OnGuard Bulldog MINI 5013TC Bike U-Lock estimated price $22||13mm hardened ultra steel shackle with reinforced sleeve over crossbar and cylinder for added security||Small size makes it hard for thieves to work around||Quick-release mounting bracket to carry lock||X2 double bolt locking mechanism, which supplies extra strength and pull resistance by locking to two sides of the bar||Free 1-year $1,251 anti-theft guarantee|
|Abus Steel-O-Chain 685 Bicycle Lock estimated price $25||Hardened 6mm-thick steel||2.6-feet long, long enough to secure important parts of bike||1.8 pounds, lightweight for a chain||Integrated automatic locking padlock with a coded reversible key; cylinder locks automatically||n/a|
|Wordlock Cable Bike Lock estimated price $13||Made of braided steel||Five-foot length is enough to secure your bike wheels and frame||Easily detachable seat post-mounted lock holder||Uses a letter combination instead of numbers||n/a|