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Your Guide to Electric Bike Locks
Dec 04, 2011
So you have spent a lot of money on your electric bike but what about protecting it? Some members of the Electric Bike Report community recently asked me about locks for electric bikes so I put together this guide to locks and tips on how to keep your e-bike safe.
Getting a bike stolen is no fun but if you practice the right techniques you can rest a little easier and feel confident that your bike is safe.
Here are some locks that I recommend:
Strong Locks Profile: Your city or town is a place with lots of bicycle theft (New York City, San Francisco, etc.) and you don’t mind carrying a heavy lock.
I also recommend the combination of the U-lock with a cable or chain because this can make locking your e-bike to anything (bike parking, sign post, tree, etc.) easy and secure. If you just get a U-lock it maybe harder to find something to lock your bike to because the U-lock has a relatively small inner dimension.
Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboutit Lock
I like the name of this one: Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboutit. This is a heavy duty chain with small U-lock that I think would make a thief Fahgettaboutit! Seriously, this lock will make any thief walk right by your e-bike and go after an easier target. NOTE: this is a very heavy lock!
Medium Duty Locks Profile: Your city or town has some bike theft issues but you probably don’t need the toughest lock.
Kryptonite Evo Mini-7 with 4-Foot Flex Lock
Kryptonite Evo Mini-7 with 4-Foot Flex Lock. This is a relatively light weight and small U-lock and cable combo that will work well to keep your e-bike safe and secure. It also seems to be a good value for the combo.
Locks for your wheels and seat post: You may be able to lock your frame to something but you may not be able to lock both wheels. Wheels with quick release axles make it really easy for a thief to grab your wheel. Delta makes an axle system that can help with that.
Please note that most electric bikes have one wheel with axle nuts (secure) because of the motor, so you may only need the quick release axle replacement for one wheel.
Seat posts generally have a quick release for easy adjustment and theft! I recommend having the quick release replaced with a screw. Your local bike shop can help you with this and it is a quick and inexpensive way to save your seat and seat post.
Of course if a thief is serious they will have the tools to take whatever they want off of your bike 🙁