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There is a three tier security grading system developed by Sold Secure (a non-profit making company which assesses security products) which is used by many insurance companies.

At the highest level are the Gold rated locking devices.

These give you maximum security and may even grant you a reduction in insurance premiums, depending on your insurance provider and the type of lock; but they may be too bulky or expensive for the average user.

The Silver and Bronze levels may be lighter and cheaper but still offer defence against the opportunist thief.

It’s generally advised to spend at least 10% of the value of your bike on a lock, and, if you can, to use two different types of lock to deter thieves.

Locks are generally sold with two keys; always keep your spare key in a safe place in case your key is lost or stolen, and keep a note of your key number (this should be on the key itself or come with the lock when you buy it) so you can replace it if all else fails.

Some lock manufacturers offer warranties to replace the lock if your cycle is stolen while locked with their lock. You may have to register and/or pay for the service.

Always take good care of your lock and key – treatment such as leaving your lock outdoors for prolonged periods can take its toll and if your lock breaks, you may find it very difficult to rescue your bike.


D locks

These are rigid steel locks in a D or U shape, generally very heavy and tough-looking. The more you pay, the stronger and more secure it will be. D locks range from around £20-£80. They can be heavy (often over 1kg), although many come with a mounting bracket so that you can attach your lock to your frame whilst riding. They can be limiting in that they will not fit around all street furniture, for example lamp posts.

When you lock up, try to fit the stand, the rim of one of the wheels and the frame in the D. By securing your wheel as well you’ll not only make it harder for thieves to take, but there’ll also be less space in the D which will prevent thieves from inserting bars or jacks into the space to lever the lock open. It’s best to angle the lock so that the opening is facing down. This prevents thieves from pouring in substances such as glue to prevent the owner from being able to retrieve the bike, giving them the chance to force the lock open later.

Cable locks
Cable locks can vary enormously in weight and strength. They are more flexible so can be used in situations where a D lock might not fit, but thinner, cheaper versions are very easily cut through. However, thicker cable locks can be very secure.

Thinner cables are useful in combination with other locks to secure parts like wheels or your saddle so that you don’t need to remove them every time you leave your bike.

Chains and padlocks
These can be very heavy and impractical to cart around, but they are very tough and a good quality hardened heavy-duty chain combined with a couple of very good hardened padlocks may be the strongest option available. If you need to leave your cycle locked up outside somewhere regularly you might consider leaving your chain locked there permanently (though please keep in mind inconvenience to other users).

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England’s first Cycling City and eleven new Cycling Towns are set to receive the largest investment in cycling the country has ever seen. The funding of the new towns together with the existing six demonstration towns will total almost £100m.

By registering, your bike details will be held on our secure database for the lifetime of the bike. You also have the option of purchasing a Police Preferred product for marking the frame of your bike, as well as an electronic Datatag as a further means of identification.

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