6 Best Bicycle Cable Lock Review 2018
I can’t forget the time I lost my first BMX. I had left it outside of my friend’s house, where I had gone for group study. To my dismay I came out to find it gone. I remember feeling like as if my cat died. Mom had told me time and time again to lock my bike whenever I left it unattended, but I had never paid heed. And now the inevitable had happened. It was like a tight slap of realization on my face. From then on, I never forgot to lock my bike.
Back then, bicycle cable locks were just of one type, with a choice of just color. Nobody even knew if there were any specially designed cable locks available. Thankfully today, with the Internet, one has a whole assortment of locks at their disposal to choose from. It’s not just bicycles and locks that you have a choice in. There’s so much more, be it a water bottle for cycling , a bike phone mount, a bike helmet or just a bike water bottle cage that you are looking for. There are choices for everything and a good guide to help make your choice can be such a relief. Worry not, that’s what I’m here for. In the following section I will give you a rundown of the best bike lock for every bike and suitable for every pocket.
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6 Best Bicycle Cable Lock in the market
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Via Velo Bike U Lock with Cable
Python Adjustable Locking Cable
SIGTUNA Bike Cable lock
UShake Bike Lock Cable
Sunlite Lightshield Cable Lock
Via Velo Bike U Lock with Cable
Bike locks with a U-Lock shackle seem to be the in thing these days. Those days are gone when the only way to protect that expensive bike was using heavy chains. The heavy duty U-Lock system by Via Velo offers a 14mm Shackle with a 1.8 meter long cable. The 14mm cable diameter offers a pretty good resistance from cutting. So you can rest assured with that $5000 bike of yours.
It comes with an easily attachable Mounting Bracket to help carry your cable on the road. It looks good too, with a smoke grey transparent cover. Moreover, in addition to the U-Lock the length of the cable allows you to lock the frame, front and rear wheels, as well as your bike helmet. There’s more, the U-lock comes with 2 keys. So you can carry one with you, leaving the other one at home, just in case you happen to lose one. The lock has a hexagonal PVC cover, which resists corrosion from water, dust and dirt, so you can use your lock for long time. So be it hail, dust or rain, your Via Velo cable lock will have you covered.
- 14mm Shackle and 10mm x1.8m Cable
- Comes with a Mounting Bracket For Road
- Hexagonal PVC cover of the lock helps resist corrosion from water, dust and dirt
- 2 keys for convenience
- 3-year warranty for US, CA, UK, EU Cyclists, 90-day money back policy and 24-hour online customer service. Unconditional refund if you are not satisfied.
- Bullet Point 2
A satisfied client revealed “This thing really is a solid lock. With its convenient length, I like to loop the cable through the tires and around the sturdy support, and secure it with the U through the back of the frame and the rear wheel. I makes me feel secure.”
Master Lock Python Adjustable Locking Cable
For those who are looking for a more superior quality and better look, even if it cause dishing out a few more bucks, the Master Lock No. 8413DPF Python Locking Cable is the one for you. The 1.8 meter long braided steel cable with a 10mm diameter allows for maximum flexibility, strength and convenience. The lock is rust resistant and the cable is vinyl coated to provide greater resistance against scratches and weather. To guard against lock pickers, it comes with a re-keyable wafer cylinder lock. Its vital feature is the patented adjustable locking mechanism that allows you to hold the cable tightly in any position.
- 1.8 meter long cable
- Rust resistant lock
- Weather and scratch resistant cable
- Re-keyable wafer cylinder for all-out pick resistance
- Patented adjustable locking mechanism to hold the cable tightly at any position
A contented customer opined, “I love these cable locks! Awesome design and they can be strung through almost anything to lock down.”
SIGTUNA Bike Cable Lock
Another one in the U-Lock category is the heavy duty SIGTUNA Bike lock. With a cable diameter of 16mm and U-Lock Shackle, this one’s a keeper. Some find it to be a little on the heavier side, but in my opinion, that is an assurance of its quality. The flexible cable extends up to 1200mm in length making it perfect for securing wheels and other accessories. The cable has a soft-feel coating which makes it quite tough to cut and protects your bike against frame damage. The double bolt locking system offers a high degree of protection from lock pickers or drillers. This one also comes with a mounting bracket and 2 safety keys like the Via Velo. However, what sets this apart is its thick and heavy braided steel flex cable, which makes it ideal to leave your bike on campus or any moderate to high crime area.
- 16mm Heavy Duty Lock with U Lock Shackle
- Comes with a Mounting Bracket
- 1.2 meter Steel Flex Cable
- Double bolt locking mechanism for greater protection
- 2 specialized safety keys
- 100% money back guarantee
According to a satisfied customer, “The lock is a bit heavy, but when you have the security of 16mm steel it's worth the extra weight”.
Another customer commented, “This lock has prevented my bike from being stolen. The bolt cutters only put a small dent on the lock. The thief had attempted to drill out the side of the lock too. I’m very happy with the purchase, especially since I still have my bike!!”
UShake Bike Lock Cable
For those who are renowned for losing their bike keys on a regular basis (me included), an extra key or even a hundred spare keys will not help. For such absent-minded chaps, a combination lock may be a respite. The UShake Bike Lock comes with a 4 ft long cable that is self-coiling. The cable is made from flexible steel, with a PVC coating to ensure cut resistance, in addition to increased durability. The key feature is its 4 digit combination lock, which is easy to set and re-set as per requirement. This lock also comes with a complimentary mounting bracket that you can attach to your bicycle seat post or frame. When such features come at almost non-existent price, it makes this a must-buy.
- Long Cable of 4-Feet
- Self Coiling
- Resettable Combination Lock
- Complimentary Mounting Bracket
- Flexible steel cables with PVC coating
- Low Cost
According to a happy customer, “This lock is Great. It's pretty long so you have many options on how to lock it. You can also set the code yourself so that you can remember. I was skeptical about the holder it came with, thinking it might fall off while riding, but after some pretty rough rides I haven't had any problems!”
Sunlite Lightshield Integrated Combo Cable Lock
This is another low-cost cable lock with a good amount of rave reviews. The heavy duty zinc alloy lock makes it resistant to picking, sawing and drilling, while the cable’s weatherproof coating gives obvious benefits against rusting and scratching. The Integrated lock comes with a 4-digit combination lock that can be reset as many times as you want. In addition to the combination lock, the key feature of this cable is the LED light that makes it perfect for carrying along during overnight camping and hiking trips.
- L.E.D. light for reading in low light
- Lock is made from heavy duty zinc alloy
- Comes with a weatherproof protective coating
- Integrated 4-digit combination lock
A reviewer had said the following about this lock: “We use it to lock our front gate and it’s great in any weather. The light is perfect for night time and the dials are large and easy to turn during cold weather”.
Wordlock CL-409 Bike Lock
For those who find even remembering the 4-digit combination a hard thing to do, Wordlock has something for you. The Wordlock CL-409-BL cable allows you to store your combination in letters rather than digits, making it easier for you to remember. So now you can use a 4-letter word that is easy for you to remember as your lock combination.
WordLock uses the human brain’s natural preference for keywords and the alphabet in forming memories, allowing you to set your own combination from thousands of potential word and letter combinations. But remember, the combination should not be your pet’s name or anything those close to you that someone can easily guess. You can even use a combination of letters and digits for added security. The cable is a whopping 5 feet long, allowing you to tie your bike, helmet and anything else you fancy to your bike frame. You can loop it, twist it, do whatever you want with it. What’s more, it comes at a low price too. In addition to this, it comes with all the other benefits of a bicycle cable lock, like a vinyl coating to beat the weather and ward off scratches, durability and pick resistance. This lock is also convenient for kids to use.
A satisfied customer had said that they bought it for their 8 1/2-year-old daughter so she can lock up her bike at school. Unlike more complicated combination locks, the child was able to successfully lock and unlock on the first try. After being taught how to loop it through the frame and the front wheel, she was off and riding away.
- 4-Letter Combination Lock
- Resettable Word or Letter Combinations. Up to 10,000 Possible Combinations
- 5-Feet long flexible cable that is virtually unbreakable
- Low cost
- Vinyl coating that is weather proof and scratch proof
- Comes with a Mounting Bracket.
Another happy client said “Customizing the lock combination was super easy. The cable and lock mechanism is thicker than others that I have seen.”
If you ask for my opinion, I’m totally for the Via Velo Bike U Lock, especially since it recently saved my bike from a potential theft. The thief must have tried sawing through the cable, which I could tell from the deliberate scratch marks. But thankfully he couldn’t get through. A security guard of a nearby building suspected him to be up to no good with all the tools and stopped him just in time. I later found out he was caught struggling to pick the lock on my bike. Totally worth the investment!
My second favorite would be the Wordlock CL-409- BL. For a forgetful person like me, this is the best option. Add to that the insanely low price, weather-proof coating and really long cable, I believe this one’s real steal! (pun intended).
Speaking of bike thefts, if you are a new bike user, or even a new bike lock user, I have written a separate whole article on the right way to lock your bike, the best practices to keep it safe and a ride into the mind of a bike thief. You can go ahead and check it out.