Episode 6

Bike Security: The Search for Lock


August 4th, 2021

22 mins 19 secs

Your Hosts

About this Episode

In this second part of our two-part ebike security series, Duane and Jared cover the different types of locks, what they should be used for, and how you can choose. If you haven't listened to Episode 5, check that out first to hear what you should consider in determining the level of security you're going to need for what you do with your bike.

Your hosts are Duane & Jared, two e-bike enthusiasts from the Tampa Bay Area in Florida.

E-Bike Radio focuses on issues related to e-bikes and the e-bike lifestyle.

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Rating organizations

Say no to cable locks

New and novel locks - a mixed bag (and always review multiple sources!)

Some chains worth looking at

U-locks we mentioned, and some other brands

Kryptonite New-U New York Lock Standard--click through page for other U-Locks
Onguard Brute Locks (stick to Brute, the lower levels are not really worth carrying)

Watch all the ways any lock can be destroyed. No lock is 100% secure

London Police show a whole bunch of locks destroyed with different tools
Nut splitter breaks folding bar lock
Ramset opens motorcycle lock in less than a second
Hydraulic cutter breaks D-Lock
Lockpicks with a skilled hand can open almost anything
BikeRadar tests 29 locks to destruction

What we've been using

Jared: New-U New York Lock Standard; and secondary or short stop only Keeper 712 Integrated Chain
Duane: Pedego Folding Lock (made by Foldylock, we believe)

Top Picks from Experts

LockPicking Lawyer's Pick - Kryptonite Evolution Chain Lock (Series 4)
Bicycling Magazine's best locks for every scenario
New York Times' Wirecutter - Two Kryptonite D-Locks and a Kryptonite Chain Lock
Cycling News' picks - several selections
Popular Mechanics - several picks

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