Each year, more and more people use bicycles as a form of transportation to commute to and from work. But more cyclists on the road means more bikes—and that means more opportunities for thieves.
According to Bicycle Law, there are between 800,000 and 2 million bicycles stolen every year, totaling around $50 million worth of lost property. Even with this number as high as it is, it's believed that only 50 percent of bike thefts are reported.
While no lock is theft-proof, a good bike lock can be a significant deterrent, even for expert thieves. When looking for a lock suitable to your individual needs, use these three items for your criteria:
- Provides a good visual deterrent
- Resistant to cuts or breaks
- Pick resistant
Here are three bike locks that will help to put your mind and your bike at ease.
Master Lock Bike Cable/Combo Lock: $15
Most cable locks are cheap and pretty easy to pick. Since the Master Lock uses a combination, a thief looking for a simple lock to pry open will pass this one by. It's also lightweight, easy to carry and long enough to loop through your wheels. The downside? It won't be resistant to cuts, so anyone using metal sheers will still be able to get it loose, and a hammer would likely make the combination portion of the lock less effective. But as a secondary lock, this one might fit the bill.