All Hiploks are designed to be as secure as possible for purpose but using a good quality lock is just the start – keep your bike safe with our top tips.
Top Tip 1
Always use a good quality chain or D lock in towns and cities. Look for the Sold Secure logo for independent lock accreditation. Lock your bike in the most visible and populated area possible –
not down a dark alley!
Top Tip 2
Make sure what you’re locking to is secure. Wire fences or rusted railings can be easily cut through. When possible, position your lock so it is awkward for a thief to attack, ie: the higher a chain lock is from the ground, the more secure it will be.
Top Tip 3
Secure, or take with you, anything that can easily be removed eg. lights or quick release wheels.Insure and register your bike – make it easily identifiable.
Take your lock with you when you ride!
How to Secure Your Bike
Hiplok & Sold Secure
Hiplok work closely with experts in the field and security accreditation testing houses around the world such as Sold Secure, to help ensure Hiplok bike lock designs are as secure as possible for their purpose.
Launching later this month, the new Hiplok DX is our strongest D-lock ever and carries the top level Sold Secure GOLD rating. But what does that mean? We take a closer look at the Sold Secure awards that define bicycle security.
Walk in to the lock section of any bike shop and you’ll be bombarded with different manufacturers rating systems and terms for defining the “toughness” (or not) of each lock. This can be confusing for any consumer.
Luckily in the UK, Sold Secure is an independent accreditation body that tests and benchmarks security products. Sold Secure provides professional advice regarding the effectiveness of locks to commercial customers, insurance companies, The Police and of course, the public.
Sold Secure Gold
Provides resistance against the top level tool list (each tool being used multiple times) and including items such as large bolt croppers and TCT Hacksaw for a minimum of 5 minutes.
Sold Secure Silver
Provides resistance against an extensive tool list (each tool being used multiple times) and including items such as medium bolt croppers and club hammer for a minimum of 3 minutes.
Sold Secure Bronze
Provides resistance against a basic tool list (only using one selected tool in the attack) and including items such a s a junior hacksaw for a minimum of 1 minute.
Before launching our chain and D locks, we take them to Sold Secure’s Northamptonshire testing house where they are put through their paces with a series of tests that recreate the environment and resources used by bike thieves in the real world. If a lock has a Sold Secure rating it has provided a good level of resistance against the following:
- Resistance to picking other manipulation techniques
- Resistance to drilling
- Torque Attack
- Pull Attack
- Wedge Attack
- Leverage Attack
- Shim Attack
- Bolt Cropper
The outcome of the tests also result in a bike locks being awarded Gold, Silver, Bronze (or if not successful, they are “unrated”). This tiered-system is an extremely useful guide for cyclists when choosing a lock, particularly as it is consistent and independent of different brands.
At Hiplok, we’re proud to say that all of our chain and D-locks have been awarded a Sold Secure rating and we offer different locks at the different levels depending on riders’ needs and budgets. Click here to see our full range of bicycle security.