If you’ve ever been in a situation where you’re out and about and need to leave your bike unattended, not even the greatest hunger or need for caffeine will give you the confidence to leave even the most roached out fixie unattended. Here’s a few of the latest options for securing your ride Hiplok and Abus, plus a hitch-mount bike rack with a unique way of keeping your bike safe…
Locks have always been designed to secure our rides in various situations, but how we transport them during our ride has always been secondary if even considered at all. Hiplok took a different approach by incorporating a simple and effective way to carry their chain and D locks. Their new larger DX ($102) and DXC ($117 – includes a cable) give you a little more wiggle room when finding something to lock your bike to.
With the DX’s 8.5 x 15cm internal volume, you won’t be limited to parking meters and other less than bulky objects. The DXC adds a handy cable so securing your seat or wheel is possible.
Abus had the namesake chainlock designed in Brooklyn and packed it with some serious security (level 12 out of 15), at a price that keeps your wallet safe as well. The $99.99 loop chain is 120cm long made of hardened 10mm thick steel links that are near impossible to cut and is locked down with their solid-body titanium lock.
Made to be simple and effective, the SCS Rack hitch-mount unit is lightweight and has a simple, easy to secure lock. They’re made in the USA and come with 3 or 4 tube cradles, and you only have to use as many as you need. Simply adjust the distance between the mounts by sliding them and they can be angled to work with different top tube designs. The built-in lock then slides over the bikes without contacting them so there is no messing with cables.
The SCS Racks run $379 – $409 depending on the number of mounts and come in regular and extended stinger lengths depending on how much clearance you need.