Whether you commute to work or school, ride your bike to run errands, or you just really appreciate a leisurely mid-ride café stop, you need a bike lock. Even if you’re only in a shop for 30 seconds, securing your bike somewhere, somehow, is critical when it comes to preventing bike theft.
For those riding in the city and leaving bikes out for hours at a time, a bigger, stronger lock becomes a necessity. For those just popping into a rural general store mid-gravel century, a tiny lock that can slide into a jersey pocket and only add a few ounces of weight might be plenty. Whatever your riding style, we have you covered with our best bike lock picks, from the burliest to the lightest options.
Here are our top picks in three categories – Chain locks, U-Locks, and Quick locks- but keep reading all the way down to see how they’re rated, how to file an insurance claim if your bike does get stolen while locked up, and other frequently asked questions… Best Bike Chain Locks
BEST CHAIN LOCK : Kryptonite New York Cinch Ring Chain 1275
There’s a reason the ubiquitous image of a bike messenger always includes three key things: A fixed-gear bike, a single-strap messenger bag slung over a shoulder, and a hefty chain belt with a canvas cover looped around the rider’s waist. When it comes to a lock that’s as close to bombproof as you can get, the Kryptonite New York Cinch Ring […]