Best City Bike Locks For The Urban Commuter

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Here's our best city bike locks guide for the urban commuter because we all know how quickly that precious single speed can be taken. We've pick out four best city bike locks to help guide you on your way. And while living in a downtown city area has a lot of advantages including getting to choose to live close to where you work, all the hip restaurants or bars to visit for winding down, and having everything technically right in your own backyard, you better be sure you lock up if you're getting around by bicycle. By this I mean that for those living in a downtown area of a major city have many advantages of their living location coming from their proximity to seemingly everything the city has to offer. A trip to a grocery store is a quick walk, a nite out on the town is only a few steps away, that new restaurant everyone is talking about is right behind your home, and going to work is a small walking commute. However, there may be times where a little more distance will come into play. That is where the importance of biking comes into play.

Biking is a heart healthy, environmentally safe, low cost option to travel around a busy metropolitan area. Allowing you to cover farther distances than walking, in better time, and removes the hassle of having to find an appropriate parking space. In this article, we have collected some of the best available bike locks for city commuters.

Kryptonite NY Fahgettaboudit Mini (EST. $75)

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The first of our best city bike locks has a lot in common with the city that is in its name. It is small, bright, looks very safe, and is very hard to crack. The Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Mini lasted the longest against power tools(just shy of three minutes), and a professional safe cracker couldn't pick the lock. Those amazing statistics are quite easy to believe when you consider the fact that this tiny lock is comprised of 18 mm steel shackle and comes weighing in at about 4.5 lbs.

Despite the somewhat hefty weight class this lock is in, it is still in the range of 20 to 40 percent lighter then average locks of this security level. The only true downside here is that there really isn't many different locking options, its just one straightforward approach. This easily transportable bike lock is great for anyone living in a downtown city environment where there is a high percentage that there bike may be stolen. However, if you live in an area where the everyday thief can easily get into their possession some freon then you may need to keep looking. We found it at amazon for $53.26.

Abus Granit Extreme 59 (EST. $200-350)

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The Abus Granit Extreme 59 is, as Abus would say, "the best D lock money can buy." This statement is hard to find much fact into it when you consider the presence of the Kryptonite NY Fahgettaboudit Mini, but this is a great attempt at competition. This lock may not be the sure fire best available, but it is still a very great choice for those interested in bike security. Much like in its name, Abus tries to take this lock to the "extreme" as much as they possibly can.

Weighing in at about 6.6 lbs, this is by no means a lightweight option. This 16 mm shackle may not be as popular as its 18 mm counterpart, but it performs just about as well in tests. The double locking mechanism, meaning that it will take two cuts to unlock this lock, is a great feature. This locking system allows for over one million different locking combinations. This will surely make any thief just want to give up. We found it at Abus for a price of $263.90.

Kryptonite New York Lock STD (EST. $60)

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This offering from Kryptonite NY Locks is another good choice, with a good amount of respect from consumers and viewers alike. Weighing at a mere 3.9 lbs, as compared to the 4.5 of the Mini, its a little more lightweight. It also has a longer shackle, measuring 4 by 8 inches internally. This more robust shackle allows for better locking location options in areas with thicker poles and bike frames. This lock's bigger frame also allows for locking of the front and rear wheel. Although it has left anti-theft protection offered by its manufacture, as compared to its more popular Kryptonite NY Lock sibling, but it is still a good choice for anyone looking into keeping their bikes locked and secure. You can buy this lock for a price of $72.

OnGuard Brute STD 5001 (EST. $30-40)

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On average, most top ranking bike locks are high in the price tag department. Luckily, the OnGuard Brute STD 5001 is not a member of that club. Outside of its amazing value, it also gets high praise for its performance and in anti-theft testing. In tests, this steel 16.8 mm shackle couldn't be sawed through by reviewers. It didn't budge against an direct assault from a hammer. The only theft method it faltered to was by a tester with an angle grinder. The good side to this is that most bike thieves don't just walk around carrying power tools with them. Unless of course that is they are throwing away the whole conspicuous aspect of the theft away. This 4.3 lbs bike lock is a great value option for those looking to keep their bikes safe and secure. You can buy this lock for a price of $36.82.

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July 26, 2011 9:27 PM | Biking

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