Finding the best lock for your bicycle or bike can be time-consuming and tedious. There are hundreds of types and styles to choose from, you have to differentiate between the ones that are reliable, durable and pocket friendly. Because choosing the wrong one will not only waste your money but your time as well.
In order to find the right bike lock, you need to look for 2 essentials characteristics.
1.it’s secure and strong enough to protect your bike and
2. Its handy enough to use on a daily basis.
Keeping this in mind, here are 6 amazing bike locks that promise to do just that.
1. Abus Granit X-Plus 540
The Abus Granit X Plus 540 is the best among all bike locks, of any type, available in the market.
- Shackle thickness: 13 mm
- Weighs: 3.20 lb (1.45 kg)
- Size (internal):4.25 x 9″ (10.8 x 23 cm)
- Abus ratings: 15/15
It gives a very high level of security (Sold Secure Gold and 3/5 from ART) and despite the fact that it has a practical size it won’t limit where or how you can lock your bike, it’s still comparatively light and handy.
This is because the 13 mm shackle is cast in a special, patented shape from a high-quality lightweight steel. Which makes it comparatively stronger than much thicker shackles in much heavier locks.
In fact, the Granit X Plus 540 is the lightest, strongest, standard-sized u-lock available at the market.
IT’S still quite heavy to hold all the time because All high-security bike locks are. It’s just much lighter than the other ones.
Abus locks also tend to have much higher levels of reliability than most of the brands. This assures that jammed locks, failing keys and stuck shackles have nothing to do with the X Plus 540.
Additionally, it comes with an option of two very robust and reliable frame mounts. Which means carrying it around can be even easier.
So, if you’re searching for a very high-security bike lock, which doesn’t weigh a ton and easy to carry around but still gives you plenty of places to lock your bike up and won’t jam up in the cold weather and the rain, this is a fantastic choice!
However if you are looking for some cheaper alternatives, I have got some for you below!
2. Kryptonite Kryptolok
The Kryptonite Kryptolok Series 2 is the most famous u-lock choice.
- Shackle thickness: 13 mm
- Weighs: 2.85 lb (1.29 kg)
- Size (internal): 4 x 9″(10.2 x 22.9 cm)
- Kryptonite Rating:6/10
It’s average size and weight and offers good, mid-level (Sold Secure Silver and 2/5 from ART) security provided at a reasonable price.
Kryptonite has complicated their range of u-locks and now offer two Krypto locks: the “Series 2” and a more recent “New-U”. Although they look almost identical, they function quite different.
Series 2 is made from a 13 mm shackle made from Kryptonite’s top of the range “Max Performance” steel which makes it lightweight. But the shackle locks into the crossbar on one side only.
The New-U has a 12.7 mm shackle which is thinner and made from a weaker “Performance” steel. But unlike series 1, this shackle locks into the crossbar on both sides.
This means that the Series 2 has an ability to be more resistant to cutting attacks (from saws and bolt croppers) while the New-U is more resistant to twisting attacks (from long lengths of metal) which makes them both significant in their own way.
Which one should you choose?
Everyone would look for the pocket-friendly one, to be honest. Next, you must make sure you keep it away from the ground and from twisting attacks by filling the inside of the U to protect them from croppers.
If your circumstances are lower risk, then the Kryptonite Kryptolok may provide you with adequate protection at a reasonable price. Additionally, it’s very easy to use and Kryptonite’s outstanding after-sales service is also given.
3. Kryptonite Kryptolok 955 Mini
The Kryptonite KryptoLok Series 2 955 Mini is a compact, mid-security chain specifically made for mobile security.
- Chain thickness: 9 mm
- Weight: 3.90 lb (1.77 kg)
- Size (internal): 21.5″ (55 cm)
- Kryptonite Rating: 6/10
When locked, it has a little bit less internal space than a standard u-lock because of its compact size. But the difference is, it’s very flexible, so it should give you far more options of the location to lock your bike.
Like all chain locks, it’s far heavier than a u-lock of comparable security. But this one is comparatively lightweight and short enough easy to carry with little effort wrapped around your seat.
With 9 mm chain thickness, it’s not the most secure bike lock (Sold Secure Silver), but it offers far more protection than any other less potent lock like cable lock.
Just use it far off the ground to keep it safe from bolt cutters. In fact, wrap it around your top tube and then use other methods to protect your wheels as well.
So, if you’re looking for something that’s easy to carry and prefer the extra locking options of a chain lock, and even your circumstances aren’t high risk, this is an affordable and reliable option.
4. Kryptonite New York Noose 1275
The Kryptonite New York Noose 1275 is amazingly versatile when it’s about specifications. It’s just light enough to be used as a very secure portable lock you can carry around. But also strong enough to use as your primary lock wherever you keep your bike overnight at a highly risked place.
- Chain thickness: 12 mm
- Weight:6.95 lb (3.15 kg)
- Length: 30″ (75 cm)
- Kryptonite Rating: 9/10
The special thing about this lock is the noose system which almost doubles the length of the chain to be used
This means it can be quite short and compact while still giving you loads of locking options. This is important since the 12 mm chain thickness makes it quite heavy and it is not practical to carry around daily.
The extra length you get from the noose system also comes in useful in a bike shed or other garage or parking lot kind of place where you often need to secure several bikes all at once.
Since it’s very secure and reliable (Sold Secure Gold and 4/5 from ART), it’s reasonable to use this one as your main lock at home, where you’d usually want your strongest bike lock for the rest of the night.
It’s best used as a stationary home lock that can sometimes be used on your home street if you’re in a particularly high at burglary risk area.
As a daily use tool, this portable bike lock is probably a little heavy and unwieldy for most of the people who prefer easy to carry stuff. Check the weight and the price before you decide to purchase.
If you need a high security chain lock that can be used both at home and on the street, this is one of the best options available despite the fact it’s heavy to carry.
5. Foldylock Compact
The Foldylock Compact is the most light weighted folding lock that offers a reasonable level of protection (Sold Secure Silver).
- Plate thickness: 5 mm
- Weight: 2.2 lb (1 kg)
- Length: 33″ (85 cm)
- Foldylock rating: 14/18
The Foldylock Compact is 33″ (85 cm) long, which means it has internal locking space exactly as a standard sized u-lock.
Since it’s flexible, it may provide you with loads more options when you’re searching for a place to lock your bike.
And in fact, at 2.2 lb (1 kg), the only Sold Secure Silver locks that are not heavier than the Foldylock are mini u-locks!
Comparing it to the nearest rival (the Abus Bordo 6000), the Foldylock Compact is lighter and easier to use and carry.
It’s easier to unlock, easier to unfold, easier to get around your bike and comes with a better frame mount, additionally it’s cheaper as well.
So, if your circumstances of robbery are lower risk and you’re looking for a compact and lightweight alternative to a u-lock, this is the perfect pick.