Best bike locks 2024: heavy duty and portable locks for keeping your bike safe

You'll want one of the best bike locks if you plan to leave your bike unattended at any time - here’s what to look for and an overview of some of the best locks on the market

Image shows cyclist using one of the best bike locks to lock a bicycle
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The best bike locks might not be the most exciting item to splash out on, but sadly bike theft is very common; a good quality lock is an effective deterrent.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.