Bike Locks: A Buyer’s Guide

Buying a bike lock is probably the most essential thing to keep in mind after purchasing a bike. After spending a hefty amount on a bike, it is only common sensical to secure it to avoid theft. Here’s some expert advice while buying a bike lock.


Type of Lock

Usually, there are two types of bike locks; the shackle and cable-chain. Shackle locks have enjoyed a good reputation since time immemorial. Today’s cable locks are an equivalent to the shackle locks. Both locks ensure security independently, so it all boils down to what type of lock you would be more comfortable using.


The weight of a lock has much to do with the security of your bike. An average bike lock should weigh approximately 2.5kg which is quite a significant amount of weight being added to your bike. Feel rest assured that the heavier your lock is, the more difficult it will be to break. The cable locks are almost weightless when compared to the much heavier u-locks and shackles. For those who don’t wish to carry such a heavy load on their bikes while traveling, the cable locks are a perfect option. It all depends on your personal preference really.

Ease of use

Once you arrive at your destination, you will need something to secure your bike. This usually involves a body part or hand to hold your bike in place. It can be such a pain if your bike requires two or more hands. To lock a bike, the main part needs to be controlled with one hand. If your locking system is as complicated as this, one tends not to bother with it. However, this only means making your bike theft prone or not bothering to use your bike.

Testing certification

It is always beneficial to have an independent testing certification which adds a higher level of credibility and confidence to your lock. These certifications are ranked by Bronze, Silver and Gold where gold is the most secure option.

Our best picks

After much deliberation and research we chose the best bike lock systems available in the market today.

  • Squire Mako Conger bike lock
  • Kryptonite New York M18 bike lock
  • Knog Bouncer bike lock
  • Hiplok bike lock
  • Masterlock Criterion bike lock


The above lock models come in varied prices and can make things difficult when we have to choose a lock that is strong and durable. Although the Kryptonite bike lock costs more than its other rivals, a whopping three times more, we feel because of its heavy weight it is completely worth it. Bike locks are an investment as it protects a bike worth a lot more. The Kryptonite has motorcycle protection, Sold Secure Gold rating and is Classe SRA approved which makes this the best bike lock. It is not only superior in quality but it is sleek looking as well.

We must accept that no lock is completely thief-proof, but it is important to use the lock with multi-faceted securing properties.