The April issue of the UK magazine "Cycling Plus" contains detailed bike lock tests.
My "analysis" of their test data:
- Cable locks are not locks. They are a "neon sign" that says "Come take this bike...it's free"
- The best U-lock lock widely sold in the USA is the Kryptonite New York 3000 U-lock. It can't be broken with manual tools or force. It lasted over ten minutes against portable, battery operated power tools, compared with less than two minutes for most other brands of locks.
- The OnGuard Bulldog Mini U-lock ($24 at REI.com) tested just as highly as the Kryptonite New York Lock against the manual, leverage attacks that are the stock in trade of 99% of the crooks out there.
Based on the "Cycling Plus" tests, I will be using one (and sometimes two) OnGuard Mini U-locks as my "coffee shop" locks, and a 2005 Kryptonite New York 3000 as my "high risk situation - mid-night movies in the inner city" lock.
WORTH READING: How to Lock A Bike, by Sheldon Brown:
Last edited by alanbikehouston; 05-02-05 at 05:35 PM.