HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR BIKE LOCK? 

To prevent your bike from getting stolen, having the right lock is essential. It needs to be able to meet the two main needs cyclists have: securing your bike and securing your bike accessories (saddle, wheels, basket, etc.).

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There are four types of bike locks: cable locks, folding locks (segments), chains and D-locks.

There are two main criteria when choosing a bike lock: the level of security (actual or perceived) and the fastening system. There are then criteria to consider for each type of lock: how easy it is to transport, how long it is, how flexible it is, how much space it takes up and how much it weighs.

SAFETY LEVEL

B’TWIN and the CNPP, an independent laboratory, have devised a test protocol for assessing how secure a bike lock is in real-life situations, on a scale from 1 to 10.

THE B'SECURE SCALE 

Bike locks with a score of between 1 and 4 are recommended for securing your accessories (helmet, basket, saddle, wheel).
Bike locks that score 5 or more are suitable for locking up your bike.

The higher the score, the better resistance the keyhole will have to lock picking and the better the body will withstand attacks by expert thieves with increasingly sophisticated tools.

No bike lock is unbreakable. Instead, they are intended to dissuade potential thieves from trying to steal the bike.

THE FASTENING SYSTEM 

The differences between bike locks should not be taken lightly. They are not all designed in the same way, which is why they have different levels of protection.

CABLE LOCKS

Light, compact locks that are easy to carry. They are designed for securing your bike accessories (bag, basket, saddle, helmet, etc.) but aren't enough for your bike itself.

FOLDING LOCKS (SEGMENTS) 

Folding locks are more resistant, compact and easy to transport, with a higher level of security than cable locks.

CHAIN LOCKS

Chain locks come with links of all shapes and sizes and different levels of security, allowing you to easily lock your bike to a fixed point, lock several bikes together, or attach your bike to its wheel. They also come in different lengths to suit your needs (locking several bikes together, for example).

D LOCKS

The go-to, high-security deterrent. They come in different sizes and are used to attach one or several bikes to a fixed point. They offer the same level of security as a chain, but are lighter and can be mounted on your bike.

Hervé

Cycling Specialist

I strongly recommend locking your bike to a fixed point (street furniture) through its frame, avoiding the lock touching the ground if possible (on the ground it is more vulnerable to being struck by a hammer or mallet).

If the size permits, your bike lock can also secure your rear and/or front wheel.

Locks for accessories should at the very least hold these items to the bike's frame.

They are not designed for locking up the bike itself.

 

Lastly, a combination of several different locks will make your bike even more secure.

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