Bike Locks and Security
Our best picks for practical, effective means of keeping your bike out of the wrong hands with bike locks and gps bike tracking devices.
Bike Locks & Security
If you have a bike, you need a bike lock. It’s as simple as that. It’s your bike and you want to keep it that way. We like locks that are quick and simple to use as well as being strong and secure, because there’s no point in carrying a lock around that’s too much trouble to actually use. There’s also no point in having a lock that’s so bulky and heavy that you end up choosing to leave it at home. A good lock is all about convenience - the convenience of use, and the convenience of having your bike there when you step back outside to head on to your next errand.
Sherlock GPS Tracker
Wait, this isn’t even a lock, so what’s with the name? The Sherlock GPS Antitheft Tracker is made to be used along with any of the locks below to add a powerful second layer of security to your bike. The 50-gram (under 2 oz.) Sherlock attaches invisibly to your bike and can be armed via a simple swipe on your smartphone. Should a thief manage to break your lock and move your bike, Sherlock transmits its location and a unique code which the police can use to track your bike. Simple, effective, low-cost, and easy to set up and install, the Sherlock system takes bike security to a whole new level.
Retrieving Your Bike With Sherlock
Abus has been manufacturing security devices in Germany since 1924, and introduced their first bicycle lock, ancestor to today’s frame lock, in 1958. Abus even invented the now-ubiquitous U-lock in 1971; today they make an entire line of mobile security devices for bicycles. In addition to U-locks and frame locks, Abus offers the Bordo folding steel series, Tresor coil locks, Granit chain and steel-o-flex locks and even a clever range of Nutfix specialty locks to ensure that your seatpost and wheels are secured to your bike frame. New to the Abus line in early 2019 are the Bordo Alarm and a bluetooth-enabled U-lock.
Abus Bordo Lock Video
It turns out that often the best way to be strong is to be flexible. This is the concept behind the Ottolock, which uses flexible steel banding and Kevlar fibers to create a lock whose slim appearance and light weight turn out to be its strongest attributes when it comes to resisting the would-be-thief’s bolt cutters. At last, here is a secure lock that is light enough and simple enough to use that it can be carried by mountain bikers, road riders and cycle tourists as well as those who lock their bikes in town and in the city. And, we love that Ottolock is a small, independent Oregon-based company like us!
Need help deciding on the best lock for you and your bike? We're happy to answer your questions.