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LOCKS Prevent that heartsinking feeling of seeing a space where your bike used to be and get yourself a decent bike lock

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efore fore you rush out and buy a flimsy cable you could cut with a pair of scissors, there are some things to bear in mind when trying to thwart the thieves hoping to steal your pride and joy. Look for Sold Secure ratings. This is the industry marking scheme to explain the level of security you can expect to get from your new lock. Whether you choose a classic heavy duty chain and shackle, to loop through multiple bikes or lock to items, or a U-lock for securing a single bike, look for hardened steel to make cutting the lock a tougher job. Choose a lock with a soft, rubberised covering, which makes the lock nicer to handle and leaves your bike looking beautiful as well as safe. If buying a U-lock, go for the shortest you can usefully get away with, to make prising it open harder. The more you fill the inner void, the harder it is for thieves. The key entry area should also be protected to limit the possibility of picking the lock face away. Other points to consider are spare keys and secure frame fittings – we’ve all ridden behind someone with a U-lock rattling away like a broken maraca. That’s no fun!

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OnGuard Pitbull Mini DT RRP £39.99 |

: Cyclescheme price: £28.39

OnGuard’s Pit Bull Mini DT combines a mini U-lock (with a 140mm shackle) with a 122cm hardened steel flexible cable to deliver the best of both worlds, and the ability to lock your bike and wheels to most bicycle-specific locking points. The lock comes with five coded keys, useful for stashing spares if you’re prone to losing them, one of which has an integrated light. An integrated frame mount and quick release bracket means you can carry it on your bike easily. todayscyclist.co.uk

Squire Mako Combi 18/900 Plus £39.99 |

: £28.39

The advantage of compact coil locks like this Mako Combi from Squire is their versatility and their ability to be carried easily. The flexible steel cable allows easy locking of a variety of bike frame shapes to a variety of secure locations, which can sometimes foil a fixed shape U-lock. The Mako Combi uses a numeric dial combination in place of a key, which is handy if you’re prone to losing them – though not so good if you’re forgetful! raleigh.co.uk


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