Bike locks are an essential part of everyday urban cycling. To avoid being a victim of bike theft, it is advisable to buy a good, secure, reliable and theft-proof lock. Cheap locks can save you in a pinch at times, but they are of little use if someone tries to steal your bike. A good tip would be to never use second-hand locks. The price and model of the recommended locks varies greatly.
In any case it is not advisable to buy cheap locks, if you really appreciate your bike, spending the money on a good lock always saves on major expenses later on. It must be taken into account that bicycle theft is not very common in all cities, but in cities like Madrid or Barcelona bicycle theft is common, and here if we have to think very well what type of lock to buy for our bike, whether it is a touring bike, Dutch, road, touring, folding...etc.
Fork Locks also called "U-locks" are the safest for our bicycle, this type of locks work with big brands such as ABUS or Kryptonite, they are anti-theft and unbreakable locks, with tested security and warranty. They usually come with security keys, and allow to secure the bike frame to fixed parts of the city.
We believe it is the best lock you can buy when purchasing new bikes. The only disadvantages are their weight, since they weigh around 1000 grams, and their transport, since they are not folding locks. The more you invest in this type of padlocks the more they are worth it, if you have bought the bike that you like so much, and it has cost you money, investing in this bike lock should not be a problem.
Padlocks to the frame
This padlock is also called Dutch padlock or horseshoe lock because of its common use in Dutch bicycles, Nordic style bicycles and in general in all Nordic countries. They are classic padlocks that have always been used, but their function is none other than to lock the wheel, leaving us with no pedaling option. Its advantage is that it comes fixed on the bikes, like most Taurus bikes and some models of Decathlon bikes
Cable or spiral padlocks
Spiral locks are those that we could find in any store cheaply, it is a typical "Chinese" lock, of which we would say the same as the frame locks: they do not offer the necessary security to be able to leave the bike without any surveillance. Its locking mechanism usually plays a secondary role, since in most cases it is enough to break it with an alicante. This type of locks might be the most seen and used by bicycles in our city, but they are the number 1 target of bicycle thieves
Of the types of bicycle locks that exist, these receive 90 percent of the attacks. This is because their sale is available in any department store such as Carrefour, or El Corte Ingles, Biciclásica never recommends the use of these locks. Investing in your bike lock is like car insurance, we pay for it and do not see its usefulness until we become victims of the theft of our most precious element of transport.
They would be the most recommended padlocks for their price, since they are somewhat cheaper than the U-shaped locks and if we acquire one of a recognized brand we will be buying quality, besides having the advantages of its flexibility for transport, and attachment to all kinds of elements of the city. A very successful lock for your touring bike.