Bike theft is on the rise, at least in the U.K. where a 22% uptick was registered this year - in the U.S. nationwide statistics are harder to come by. If you are one of the people that has already suffered the terrible sinking feeling of stepping out onto the street and doing a double-take as your brain frantically tries to compute where your beloved bike is, statistics don't even matter. The idea of a theft-proof bike keeps cropping up again and again in fancy futuristic concept bike. In the hear and now, U-locks are still the top of the security heap, but trying new forms and combining a u-lock with some of these other solutions may keep your bike from being an easy mark.
Photo of the Abus chain lock via Abus.
1. Avoid the Sinking Feeling of the Quick-Cut CableCable locks - the reasons some of us love them is that they are lightweight. U-locks, definitely superior security, tend to be very heavy. Now there's a breed of link plate locks that combine a bit of the flexibility of cable with security closer (though not equal to) a u-lock. It won't protect against the committed thief, but this lock provides flexibility in a "café stop" lock for about $55.
Knog lock photo via 2010 Knog catalog.
2. A New U-Lock, or is that a D-lock?Not available till the turn of the new year, this solid steel u-lock seen over at the Urban Velo site after the recent Interbike 2009 show will be coming in 2010 from the Australian bike accessory design company Knog. The "plated hardened steel" according to Knog's catalog has an electronic key that doesn't require batteries. There's also an inner rim of silicon that protects the bike's finish. Priced at approximately $150.
O-lock overkill? This bright orange bike snapped in Amsterdam has double duty o-lock plus massive chain lock for double back wheel protection.