Throughout the review period, our testers also scored each product on its versatility, or the amount of bicycle you could secure with each lock. The longer cable locks were the longest and thus the easiest to wrap around multiple parts of the bike, however given their low security rankings they don’t come highly recommended. Some U-locks came equipped with an added cable, which made them more versatile; meanwhile other U-locks were spacious enough that the front tire could be removed and locked up with the frame and back tire.
Finally, after using these seven pieces for three months, the team of testers tried to break into each lock. With the help of an experienced lock pick, they first tried breaking in via the locking mechanisms. They then moved on to a series of hand tools, including wire snips, bolt cutters, hammers, and hacksaws. In the last phase of their tests, the broke out an electric angle grinder and timed how long it took to saw through each lock. Tallying up the results from each stage of testing, OutdoorGearLab ranked the products and announced the winners. The Kryptonite New York Standard U-Lock won the Editors’ Choice award, the Kryptonite KryptoLok Series 2 Standard U-Lock took home the Best Buy award, and the Hiplok V1.50 Chain Lock earned the Top Pick for Commuting award.
Kryptonite New York Standard U-Lock
One of Kryptonite’s most secure locks, the New York Standard U-Lock - OutdoorGearLab’
Kryptonite KryptoLok Series 2 Standard U-Lock
A product that scored highly in OutdoorGearLab’
Hiplok V1.50 Chain Lock
Perhaps the most unique piece in this review, the Hiplok V1.50 Chain earned the company’s Top Pick for Commuting award. During transport, the Hiplok V1.50 Chain can be worn around the waist like a belt. According to testers, redistributing the weight around the center of gravity made for more comfortable transport than carrying in a backpack. Additionally, this lock was quick and easy to wrap around the frame and back tire. This product also scored fairly well in the review’s security tests; it took an angle grinder, rather than any hand tools to break into this lock. Although it was the most expensive piece in the review at $118, this product is a great alternative for those who don’t love clunky and sometimes awkward U-locks.
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