Evans Cycles
Evans Cycles

Change your settings

   Currency    Delivery destination
Locks, Cables & Ground Anchors
Unfortunately nothing is entirely theft proof! That’s just the reality, but what you can do is make it as difficult as possible for someone to steal your pride and joy. In order to do this you will need to use a good quality lock, or multiple locks, to keep things safe.

There are two situations when you might need to lock your bike. The first and most common is at home in the shed or garage, and second is when you are out and about. The significant difference in terms of choosing the correct product is that a lock that stays at home can be super heavy duty, whereas a lock to carry with you has to be portable and much lighter. It goes without saying that a lightweight portable lock cannot offer the same levels of security as something much bigger and stronger, designed for home use. With many locks now given a rating according to the level of security they provide, you can choose a lock appropriate to your requirements. The level of security may also be important if you intend to insure your bike, as insurance companies will often place a minimum requirement on the policy.

Out and About

There are several types of lock, of which the D-Lock (so called because of its shape), is the most popular, and can be quite portable using bike frame mounts. These offer a high level of security as they are constructed from solid hardened steel bar, rather than chain links, which make them hard to cut. However the shape also limits their use, as they are not flexible, so you may need to use more than one, or use in conjunction with another type of lock to fully secure the bike.

A cable lock is the most versatile as it can be entwined through wheels and frame tubes, or around solid objects to secure all parts of the bike. Cable locks are usually quite portable, although they vary in thickness and weight. The downside is that even the heavy duty versions can potentially be cut using bolt croppers, so cannot be considered as a high level of security. They would however, deter an opportunist thief.

Chain style locks are also commonly used but usually require a padlock, which is often the weak link. There is no point in having a hefty bike chain and only locking it with a small, cheap padlock! Consider that in many situations a D-Lock can double up as the padlock for another lock, which is often much better. Using more than one type of lock will means a thief must use different techniques to overcome the locks, which will takes time, a good deterrent in itself!

At Home

Locking the bike up inside is not enough and it is worth making sure that where you store your bike at home is as secure as possible in the first place, i.e. good locks on shed doors and an alarm if at all possible. Inside the garage or shed a ground anchor is a great idea. These are very firm mounting points for locks, which can be permanently bolted or even concreted into the floor, positioned accordingly, as their name suggests, anchoring your bike to a solid object. This means that a thief cannot simply carry away a locked bike, or move them around to make cutting through locks easier.
This story was last updated on 17/01/2012