No matter where in the world you live, a beautiful piece of machinery like a cargo bike is a highly sought after commodity. They send a message out on the road, and as they become more popular modes of transport for sustainability-minded people, their ability to be targeted by thieves increases too. Investing in a cargo bike is a lifelong commitment, and one that you may have saved up to be able to provide for your family. In this case, you’ll want to do what you can to make sure that it is safe and secure when you’re not actually using it. With the right bike lock on hand, and knowing how to luck up your cargo bike, can make a world of difference to offering you greater peace of mind in the long run.
Bike locks are really important no matter where you live, as a tough global economic climate thanks to the coronavirus pandemic has meant that more people are turning to crime than ever before. Securing your bike with a lock has less to do with worrying that somebody is actually going to go out of their way to try and pry it open. Although you want to make sure that a lock is strong enough to handle it in the off chance that this happens, bike locks matter more because they act as deterrents for common thieves. Locks make them think twice, as they increase the time it might take to steal the item and this increases the chances that they will be caught trying to do so.
Knowing how to lock up your cargo bike correctly can also help to make it more difficult for someone with prying eyes to get their hands on your prized possession. This is especially important if you have no other option than to park it outdoors overnight. No matter which lock type you use — and we will be exploring some types lower down in the article — always ensure that the lock can be chained to something robust, like a wall or ground anchor. If there isn’t something for you to latch it onto, you may want to think about buying or making your own one.
There are so many different types of bike locks on the market, and we’ll explore some of the best options for you to choose from below. Three things to keep in mind when you’re on the hunt for a new lock are practicality, security and the cost involved. U-locks, chain locks and folding locks will all do the trick. Don’t be tempted to go for a cable lock, even though they may have a better price than the others. They offer far less security than the three main types we’ve mentioned. Skimping on quality when you buy a lock will only lead to trouble later down the line.
On top of looking at how to physically secure the cargo bike every night, you will also want to keep in mind how your accessories and compartments are kept safe as well. Taga’s bikes, for instance, offer cargo/child seat compartment locks as an added measure to keep the bike secure. It’s easy to assemble the cargo lid lock and to see why this kind of lock is a great added benefit to the bike as a whole. If you ever forget something in the compartment, or you’re worried about the compartment itself being detached and taken, this kind of lock means you can sleep a little more peacefully.
The TiGr mini Ulock is a popular cargo bike lock that comes standard with a reinforced mounting clip. It might be called a mini, but don’t let that fool you. It is one of the strongest, lightest, easy to use bike locks on the market today. What we like about this lock is that it doesn’t affect the storage or folding of any bike and it slots in neatly where it is supposed to. If you’re on the market for something better than a cable lock but need a lightweight alternative to some of the ones we mentioned earlier in the piece, this is the perfect choice.
The Foldylock Compact lock is a folding lock that gets top marks from critics for its usability and practical nature. The fact that it folds up into a small mechanism doesn’t detract from its ability to offer the same amount of locking space as conventional u-locks on the market. We like that it is an affordable prospect that is a great alternative to consider if you’re on the market for something that isn’t as commonly seen (and that thieves might not actually know how to deal with).
Also one to explore, the Kryptonite New York Lock is a u-lock that looks like it packs quite a punch. That’s probably because it truly does. It’s hardened steel shackle is renowned for being hand tool and bolt cutter resistant and comes equipped with a lifetime guarantee. Is it expensive as a result? Sure it is. But it’s well worth the investment if you consider the extra costs involved with replacing a cargo bike, or any of its related components. This lock offers great value, will frighten thieves off, and send a strong message about how much you value your own cargo bike.
Finally, you can also consider the Abus Granit X-Plus 540, which was designed to be an all-rounder that could fit on a variety of different lock types. Similarly to the other locks on the list, this one is particularly light and practical (coming in at roughly 1.5kg’s). In comparison to other u-locks on the market in general, it gets top marks because it is unlikely to jam, even after prolonged use in damp, cold conditions. For what it’s worth, we should also add that it looks pretty cool and modern, too.