Chain vs U lock
I know there are loads of threads on here about bike security, but couldnt find anything about this.
I want the very best security for my beloved bike as it is left outside work everyday.
I plan to get a Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit lock, but which is the most secure? the U lock or the chain? (Theyre both level 12 on Kryptonites site).
I dont care about weight or practicality etc.
Just want the lock that is more secure.
Cheers in advance,
A properly used U-lock is more secure as there are far fewer places to attack it.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^agree, the U lock generally is less versatile, but is harder to kill. Both chain and u-lock would be outstanding protection, if you really are serious about keeping your bike locked out and safe.
Originally Posted by mikeweeks
You need two different sets of tools to defeat each kind. The tools thieves use on a chain aren't effective on a u-lock, the reverse is true. Taking both ensures that anyone packing only one flavour probably won't be able to beat both locks.
If I were to choose just one out of the two, for whatever reason, it would be the U-lock. Power tools and jacks are not inconspicuous. Chains are easier to cut with more discretion.
As a side note, are you using any really valuable components (peddles, seat, etc.)? If so, a small lock for each one might be in order if your leaving you bike out for more then a couple hours. It pretty easy to steal a nice carbon seat.
In before "just buying time"!
Utilize both since the enemy of thieves is time-at-the-crime-scene.
As mentioned, they're likely not hauling around all the tools they need to steal a bicycle with two types of security. Good luck!