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What do I need to look out for when buying a bicycle lock?

E-bikes are currently in great demand and extremely valuable. So that nobody takes your FLYER e-bike without permission, we have some tips for you on how to best protect your e-bike.

There are plenty of bicycle locks available, which means it can be difficult to make a decision. Which is the best lock? And how much will it cost? A rule of thumb is that the cost of a bicycle lock should be 5 to 10 per cent of the value of the bicycle, and that CHF 200 should be more than sufficient. Which type of lock should I choose? You can choose between steel U-locks, armoured cable locks and chain locks in various sizes and price categories. Irrespective of which type of lock you choose, the quality must be right. Cheaper locks often look secure, but usually fail miserably in practice. Many locks can be opened within seconds with a simple bolt cutter. Many e-bikes are fitted with a frame lock as standardIs that enough? Unfortunately not. The best thing is to use another lock to attach the e-bike to a fixed object, as otherwise, it can be rolled away inconspicuously on its front wheel or even carried away. It can also help to use engravings or stickers to make your e-bike stand out. Useful hint: Attach the bike lock as high as possible, e.g. to a street lamp. Many thieves use bolt-cutters to cut a lock. If the lock is close to the ground, thieves can apply their body weight, which makes things easier for them. Always lock the back wheel or front wheel plus the frame to a fixed object. If just the bike and frame are locked, the e-bike can still be carried away. If the thief has brought a trailer along, the bicycle will disappear forever without anyone noticing. Here is a summary of the most important points by Pro Velo:
  • Whenever possible, leave your bicycle in a lockable or monitored area (cellar, garage, storeroom, guarded bicycle parking, etc.).
  • Do not only lock the bike but also lock it to something.
  • Make a note of the frame number, brand and colour of the bike. It is best to also have a photo available that will be of use to the police in case of an emergency.
  • If you are going to leave your e-bike for a longer period of time, make sure to remove the battery, as the e-bike is only worth about half as much without it. This will make your e-bike less appealing to thieves.
  • Report any theft to the police and to your insurance company.
NB: If you own an e-bike, spare no cost or effort to be as well prepared as possible in case of an emergency. The best thing is to find out about suitable insurance cover given that even a lock or engravings will not stop a true professional from stealing the bicycle. Are you still looking for a suitable bicycle lock? Have a look at our FLYER accessories.