Editor’s picks: bike locks

We don’t really need to spell it out, but we will anyway: to prevent prematurely parting ways with your bike, you have to lock it up. Here we have a collection of locks for you to choose from.



Weighing in at just over a kilogram, the Litelok Gold Original certainly lives up to its name. Similar to cable or chain locks in form, this nifty number is comparatively more flexible than a traditional U-lock. Litelok’s credentials are impressive too; it has a Gold security rating from independent security product testers Sold Secure.


Image: Litelok



The BI5 U Lock has got beauty and brains. This one is smaller in size than a conventional U-lock which makes it easy to tote around town on short trips in a bag or even in a pocket. A larger version is also available. Better still, Ortre offer key registration so that in the event of misplacement (and hey, these things happen) you can get a new set remade.


Image: Ortre



The Fahgettaboudit Mini may playfully reference a classic New York accent but it’s not just here for fun and games. Kryptonite gives this lock a 10/10 security rating and a lifetime warranty. It also comes with a Sold Secure Gold rating. Sized at 8.3 centimetres by 15.3 centimetres, we give this little lock a big yes.


Image: Kryptonite



Knog’s Kabana bike lock is made of silicone overmoulded braided steel cable with a fibre core. What we especially love about this one is that it won’t scratch or mark your bike because of its silicone exterior. So considerate.


Image: Knog