Bike locks
Research report
April 2021

Bike locks

How do you make your bike seem too much bother to a thief? Choosing the right lock is the best place to start.

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Ian M.
07 Jun 2021
High Costs in NZ

Buy from overseas. The prices here are appalling. I bought an Abus 640 from Gemany keyed alike to my e-bike (for an additional $10) for $90, half the price of the much heavier 540 in NZ

Bill
17 Apr 2021
E-bike frame lock

An e-bike retailer cautioned about frame locks as he said they can do significant damage to the bike if someone tries to wheel it away whilst locked.

J C.
13 Apr 2021
GERMAN BIKE LOCK WITH BRAIDED CARBON FIBER INNER CABLE

ISAW A SNIPPERT ON TV A WHILE AGO (LAST YER) , IT SHOWED A SPECIAL BRAIDED CARBON FIBRE CABLE , WHICH WAS QUITE DIFFICULT TO BREAK WITH BOLT CUTTERS , NOT SEEN ANY THING LIKE IT HERE IN NZ .

Rob R.
10 Apr 2021
Cable cutters and angle grinders

A tool increasingly used is a ratchet cable cutter. Quite small and can cut through surprisingly thick steel cable, including armoured cable :(

A battery angle grinder, as you say, will quickly go through a U-Lock because those are stiff, whereas it is harder to hold a chain while grinding, which in my mind puts a chain above a u-lock.

And I agree the range in NZ is still pathetic.

The Real John R.
10 Apr 2021
Locky Docks

I don't know how many New Zealand cities have installed Locky Dock stations but they are free to use and the website claims that the reinforced steel magnetised docks have reported zero thefts with over 1 million bikes parked in docks throughout Europe, North America and West Auckland (and, now, Christchurch). And yet I see bike owners use cheap chains to lock their bikes against Locky Dock stations. Huh???

Roger and Pauline P.
21 Nov 2020
Tables still not scrollable

As your previous respondent said, the scroll bars are still not working on the table about bike locks. I tried Microsoft Edge, Chrome and Firefox.

Tanya D.
20 Nov 2019
Scroll bar on reviewed locks tables not working?

Hi there - not sure if it's just my computer or the table settings, but I can't seem to get the scroll bar on the reviewed locks tables to work so cant scroll through horizontally? The security rating table scroll seems to work fine though. Is it possible to also have the tables with an excel download link/button?

Consumer staff
21 Nov 2019
Re: Scroll bar on reviewed locks tables not working?

Hi Tanya,

Thanks for letting us know. We will get this fixed up ASAP.

Kind regards,

Natalie - Consumer NZ staff

Marion O.
21 Apr 2018
Beware barrel keyed locks

Bike locks often use barrel keys - like used on laptop security cables. Having lost the key to our laptop cable I went on YouTube and quickly discovered that a pencil, sticky tape and cardboard could be used to undo the lock - in about 5 seconds after making the "tool".