Best bike locks
At the moment I have a kryptonite lock but it's old and beat up so I'm looking for a replacement.
I'd like to hear what others have to say on what a good lock is. I've got my eye on a knog strongman. Anyone use one?
Looking forward to hearing what everyone has to say.
The best bike lock is two. I have both the Kryptonite NY Fahgeddaboudit U Lock, and their heavy chain with mini ulock. If used together a thief would have to have the tools to cut both.
The only problem is that the two of them together weigh more than my bike.
Here's some thoughts on locks and lockup: http://www.mechbgon.com/lock You should start by thinking about:
1. how attractive is your bike to a thief
2. is it parked in a predictable location on a predictable timetable
3. how prevalent is bike theft in the area you'll be locking in
If one or more of these are raising a red flag, then go heavier on the security with at least one really good lock, and possibly back it up with a secondary lock. If you're parking at the grocery store on a random timetable with a utilitarian commuting bike, a lower-security lock and a cable to secure your front wheel and seat/post is probably sufficient.
Anyway, if I had to throw out a blanket suggestion, the Kryptonite standard New York U-lock or the Evolution Series 4 would be a couple safe bets, the New York being stronger and the Evolution 4 being lighter. Both of them have a double-deadbolt crossbar so cutting the shackle in just one spot doesn't easily free the bike.
2 out of the 3 are pretty big concerns. I'm not sure how bad the thieves are in this area but better safe than sorry.