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Lock Picks: 5 Best Bike Locks to Keep Away Thieves

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* The number of bicyclists are on the rise, but so are bicycle thefts
* Our recommendations include traditional U-locks, as well as old fashioned chain locks
* You get what you pay for

Thanks in part to successful bike-sharing programs all over the world, including those in the US, more people are turning to two-wheel transportation in big cities. While urban cycling is on the rise, the number of stolen bicycles is also growing.

Accurate data on bike thefts is nearly impossible to find, but the FBI reported that in 2014, there were over 210,000 stolen bikes in the US. That’s why you should secure your bike with one of these locks. They keep thieves at bay, and they all cost under $100.

1. UShake Bike Lock Cable

With its easy to set  four digit combination and multipurpose design that works not only with bikes, but also skateboards, grills, lawnmowers and sports equipment, this lock cable is a low-cost choice that will find lots of use.

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2. Hiplok D

The Hiplok D looks like your typical U-lock, but plastic clips at the back make it easy to attach to your belt or pants. The double-locking 13mm hardened steel shackle is impervious to bolt cutters. It’s also our lightest pick at just 2.2 pounds.

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3. OnGuard Pitbull STD 8003

The Pitbull from OnGuard features a 14mm hardened steel TriRadius shackle and a X4P Quattro Locking Mechanism, which is a fancy way of saying that it’s protected on all four sides. Best of all, you can change the direction of the mount, allowing you to attach the lock in whichever direction you want.

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4. Kryptonite New-U Evolution Mini-7 With Flex

If you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, then the Evolution Mini-7 With Flex from Kryptonite is the one to get. It stands up to practically anything other than a power tool (in most situations) thanks to its 13mm hardened shackle. Measuring 7-inches long, you’ll be able to lock  the wheel and frame to a pole or rack with virtually no room for anything to pry it apart. The added 4-foot cable and free year of anti-theft protection from Kryptonite make it even more attractive.

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5. Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Mini 997986

If you happen to be locking up in high-risk areas, the Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Mini is the lock to get. With its 18mm dual-locking hardened shackle, the Mini is the heaviest of our picks at 4.5 pounds. Kryptonite is so confident in the New York Fahgettaboudit Mini that it comes with a free year of the highest level of anti-theft coverage that Kryptonite offers.

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