Buying bike locks
A wise old biker once told me: "If someone wants your bike badly enough, they'll find a way to get it." Knowing that, we looked at several locks on the market to help you determine which might meet your cycling style. Here are two we like. Tips: Cables and cable locks are not insured. Get at least a U-lock, and keep the toughest part of your lock around the part of your bike you'd like to see most upon your return. And always secure your bike to something immovable. Mini U-locks don't usually allow you to secure your bike to anything other than itself.
Kryptonite Evolution Series 4
Weight: 3.8 pounds
Cost: $45.95 at amazon.com
Bike mount: Included. Narrow, hard plastic secured with Allen bolt (wrench included). Sometimes swings if you take a turn hard.
Overall: Dust cover on lock cylinder. Weight is manageable, look is intimidating and will withstand weather well. Pair with cable to up illusion of deterrent.
Best midrange cost lock for: daily and weekend riders
Master Lock Force 3 Ton with bonus cable
Weight: 3.3 pounds
Cost: $22.42 at amazon.com
Bike mount: Included. Narrow hard plastic secured with screws, has a lip to situate lock in so it doesn't swing in the mount when you turn.
Overall: Dust cover on lock cylinder. Not as pretty, but longer than most Kryptonites and OnGuards. Coating appears more susceptible to rust than others.
Best low-cost option for: everyday and casual riders
-- Jen Mystkowski, Chicago Tribune