* Bikes have countless benefits for your health and the environment
* U-Locks offer limited flexibility when it comes to securing your bike
* These four alternatives are both easy to use and reliably strong
Whether you’re a weekend warrior going on intense cycle rides traversing multiple miles, or you use your bike on a daily basis to get to and from work and run errands, bike security is critical, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Riding a bike can burn between 400 to 1000 calories an hour depending on intensity, and can not only benefit you, but the environment as well – it’s estimated that riding a bike 10 km to work each way can save 1500 kg of greenhouse gases a year. America is arguably behind the trend as more major international cities are encouraging cycling – the famously bike-loving city Amsterdam has four times more bikes than cars. While the benefits of cycling are clear, it also comes with the added question of security – U-Locks may be the most well-known of bike lock varieties, but they’re notoriously difficult to maneuver. Luckily, SPY has found four lock alternatives that will still keep your bike safe and secure, while also making your life easier when it comes to bike parking.
1. Kryptonite Kryptolok
Made up of five hardened links, the Kryptonite Kryptolok provides flexibility for different folding and locking sizes and combinations. However, its added flexibility doesn’t mean it loses its security – it’s made of durable steel, and you can also register the lock on the company’s website for added anti-theft protection, as Kryptonite will provide compensation should the lock be compromised while in use.
2. OTTOLOCK Steel & Kevlar Combination Bike Lock
This coil-style lock has not only the benefit of being easy to manipulate and maneuver around bike frames, but is also lightweight, so you can toss it in a backpack or purse. The Ottolock is a combination lock, meaning you won’t have to worry about accidentally losing your keys and trapping your bike. Made with a combination of multi-layer steel and Kevlar bands, wrap it around the bike’s frame, wheels or use it to attach multiple bikes to each other.
3. Kryptonite Keeper
Built using 7mm four sided chain links and finished with an end-link design that’s built to protect your lock against vulnerabilities, the Kryptonite Keeper lock will keep your bike secure and protected, while remaining flexible so you have more options when choosing a location to secure your bike. The chain is also coated in a water-resistant nylon sleeve, preventing any erosion and degradation should your bike get caught in the elements.
4. Titanker Bike Chain Lock
A #1 Bestseller in Bike Chain Guards on Amazon, this lock by Titanker quickly and efficiently snaps together, without needing the use of the key to lock it. The chain is covered by a protective cloth, which will keep it scratch free, and prevent anyone from tampering with it.