Abus vs Kryptonite vs OnGuard Bike Locks


The three most substantial bike lock in the world are OnGuard, Kryptonite, and Abus; they are considered to be the best bike locks in the world. All three brands are unique in particular features, so it’s hard to decide which one is best among the three. The three different brands differ in their price, customer service, their reliability, build quality, etc.

Abus vs. Kryptonite vs. OnGuard

Proceed below to check out their difference in these three essential quality features.

Reliability & Build Quality

Considering the brand Abus, they are awarded for their reputation for reliability and quality. Their locks are designed and constructed with quality features so that they can last even in any adverse weather conditions and come for an extended period. Most of the locks are double bolted which is one of the security feature, the steel materials used in the locks have the best strength.

When taking the other brands OnGuard and Kryptonite, they are US brands who get their locks manufactured from China and Taiwan. Abus is a European brand, most of the european brands have more reputation when compared to the other places. Kryptonite does not match the entire reputation of reliability and quality, but they are well made and are capable of lasting for an extended period in any adverse weather conditions.

OnGuard has less reputation for quality and reliability when compared to the other two brands, similar to that they have the right features as per their capabilities.


Abus is more costly when compared to the other two brands; this is because of the brand and manufacturer countries. Kryptonite locks are expensive but not much as the Abus. Onguard bolts are the ones that are developed to be less in price when compared.

Customer Service

All the three brands provide an offer of crucial replacement service, but there is some difference in their sale services. Abus never advertise about their customer services and OnGuard has less reputation while taking their sales support. Kryptonite brands are declared outstanding in providing the best customer service.

Anti-Theft Protection

Both OnGuard and Kryptonite provides the feature in their some set of the lock, in case if your bike is stolen they will take the responsibility and pay you the value as per the lock security. The only downside is that their conditions make people crazy as they involve the different and challenging set of requirements to pay for the bike locks.

Here are some of them in detail. You need to get registered to the scheme within 15 days of purchasing the lock, and this is not free for any of them. The amount you need to pay depends on the lock type, protection length and comes between $1 to $30 and this would cover three years of coverage.

If your bike is stolen, then you need to notify the OnGuard or Kryptonite within one week and also you should have reported about the theft within 72 hours to the police. If you need to claim the lost bike or your need, then you need to send the following to Onguard or Kryptonite immediately.

  • One key,
  • A copy of your lock’s purchase receipt,
  • The broken lock as the failure proof,
  • Copy that you have reported to the police,
  • A copy of the bike purchase receipt or any most robust dealer valuation,
  • In case of having insurance, you need to notify about the theft happened to your insurance company.

When compared Kryptonite provides the best program when compared to others, OnGuard has a problematic registration process and also some restrictive conditions to follow for claiming during the anti-theft or in the case of your lock gets broken.

Bottom Line

The overall comparison and differences of the bike locks indicate that all three brands are unique in each of their features so our result would be a draw. You could choose Abus for the reliability & Quality, Kryptonite for their excellent customer service and OnGuard for their affordable price.

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How to prevent Bike Theft using different Bike Locks


Bike thefts are becoming a more common factor at present, a recent survey of the NCVS has stated that there were more than 1.4 million bicycle thefts happened in this year, the incidents are growing high instead of getting reduced. In this article, let’s know how this theft occurs and how to prevent it by choosing the right type of bike locks.

Techniques followed for Bike Theft

Below are the few tricks followed by the person for stealing your bike.


Thieves make use of the insert tools namely bars or jacks to lever the lock; they insert it in the gap between the bike left by the unfortunate fit lock and the stand. They will use lever as your bike frame and start rotating it against any stationary object like a stand to unlock the bike lock. This type of technology will help in breaking the bike or lock.


Thieves will make use of the chisel and hammer to separate the lock and the securing chain in case if a cyclist has left his bike with its bolt touching the ground or has left the string as it is.


The technique is too simple for the thieves as they used to it, they use bolt cutters, angle grinders, tin snips, hacksaws, etc. to cut the chains and locks to steal the bike.


If the bike is locked only with its frame, then it’s quite simple for the thief to remove the wheels.


Some locks will need keys for opening the bike, and this can be possible by inserting tools, this easily helps the thief to steal your bike.

Different Types of Locks

Proceed below to find the benefit and drawbacks of each lock so you will get an idea of which would be the right lock for your bike.

U Lock Benefits

  • If you are using your bike every day, then you can prefer them as they are best for daily use.
  • Capable of resisting chisels, leveraging, hammers and much more.
  • Less space between the bike lock and the stand, therefore less chance for the thief to break the lock.
  • There are different brands and manufacturer who offers warranty programs which makes you get the product.
  • There are different sizes of U locks, and so you can choose the preferred one, you can quickly lock frame and one wheel to any object.

U Lock Drawbacks

  • Takes more time for locking your bike.
  • The locks are designed to be bulky in size.
  • Locks with the keyed release which are difficult to pick. Go for flat ones instead of the tubular key or round shape.

Chain Lock Advantages

  • They are designed to be heavy duty bike locks.
  • More secure
  • Best bike locks for high crime areas
  • Resists chiseling, cutting and leveraging.

Chain Locks Disadvantages

  • You need to pair the bike lock with padlocks(sturdy) so that it cannot be cut, which is a complicated process to follow.
  • Bulky in size.

Cable Lock Pros

  • Best for low crime areas
  • Capable of securing any removable parts like the seat.
  • Most versatile bike lock.

Cable Lock Cons

  • Less protection
  • Easy to cut these type of locks when using hand tools.

Wheel and Seat Skewers Benefits

  • Best for high crime areas
  • With the help of locking screws, you can secure quick release parts with ease.

Wheel and Seat Skewers Cons

  • Needs a special wrench for the installation.
  • Not capable of using them alone to the bike lock.

Bottom Line

Hope the above guide helped to know about the different type of bike locks and how to reduce the bike theft evenly.

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Kryptonite Evolution Mini-5 Review


This U-lock is great for quick stops in metropolitan areas and college campuses and also, overnight stops in suburban areas. The Evolution mini-5 comes with three stainless steel keys, one with an LED light for using convenience during night. The shaft has a bent foot design for ease of use. It also has a sliding dirt cover to keep dust and grime out of the lock cylinder. Kryptonite encourages the buyer to register for its proprietary KeySafe program that allows the buyer to have two replacement keys for no extra cost. The Mini-5 also comes with a bracelet for easy attachment and transport while riding. This product is offered under a lifetime warranty. It has a 13mm shackle with the interior locking dimension 3.25″ by 5.5″.
Kryptonite Evolution Mini-5

This product weighs a nimble 2.15 lbs (0.98 kgs) and hence very easy to carry around. The operation, however is smooth but not feather-light. Also, the installation instruction in the provided manual seems too complicated. This lock is not for locking bicycles to thick poles. It works well with a front locking skewer. It has the Silver Sold Secure rating, that is, in other words it provides High Security. Even Kryptonite rates this lock at 7 out of 10 on its own scale. The Mini-5 is coated in Vinyl that makes it weather resistant. The internal casing of the unit is, as claimed by Kryptonite, is reinforced thus increasing protection against twisting assault and leverage assaults. Also, the sleeve (reinforced) covering the cylinder and the crossbar provides increased protection. In addition to this, the special key location helps resisting leverage attacks whereas the overhead cam locking mechanism can protect form leverage attacks.

The Mini-5 has anti rattle bumpers that keep the shackle snugly held to the crossbar. The FlexFrameU will fit the bicycle frame tubing (25-80mm) very well, irrespective of its shape. This mounting system would allow complete 360 degree rotation permitting custom aligning with the bicycle frame shape. Kryptonite Evolution Mini-5 may seem somewhat small for mountain bikes, but will work very well with lighter city bicycles, especially if the owner uses the Sheldon method. There are reports that the lock often jams at extreme temperatures, one has to be extra careful while using it in extreme cold or hot weather. Sometimes, it may need considerable effort to turn the key to disengage the lock. Also, care needs to be taken that the bicycle doesn’t tip with all of its weight transferred on to the lock body. This may shock the lock mechanism rendering the lock to freeze and thus making the bicycle useless. What is worse is it may actually need to break the lock to free the bicycle. Now isn’t that embarrassing to pick your own lock?

It is recommended that the enrolment to the Anti-theft insurance be done within 14 days of the purchase of the lock as otherwise Kryptonite reserves the right to deny this feature.

On Guard 8020 Mastiff  Review

On Guard 8020 Mastiff

The OnGuard Mastiff  8020 is a chain with an integrated lock. The product is priced at $90. The chain supplied is 3.5′ long. The links used in the chain are 10mm(0.39″) reinforced titanium links. The chain is aesthetically mated interfaced to an X2P Dual Lock Down head with a double rubber lining cover for good protection from shocks and hits. The manufacturer assigns the Mastiff 8020 a security rating of 78. This locking system comes with five laser cut keys, including one that can act as a torch with a bright beam. OnGuard offers anti-theft insurance provided the purchase is registered within 14 days.
On Guard 8020 Mastiff


The OnGaurd Mastiff # 8020 is very very heavy, that makes it difficult to carry around when not used to secure the bicycle. It feels a tad more difficult to use compared to the U-locks. But as the genre of chain-locks like the OnGuard Mastiff # 8020 allows for more uses e.g. securing bicycles for powersport and also normal bicycles. The chain on the Mastiff # 8020 is long enough to tie the bicycle to any pole. The built feels sturdy, as OnGuard claims to reinforce the metal used with titanium. This chain will be very difficult to break even using a bolt-cutter. So, perhaps if you have secured your bicycle to a solid structure the thief will choose another bike to steal. But whats worrying is that OnGuard the manufacturers have rate the Mastiff # 8020 at 78 out of 100. And the security rating is only Sold Secure Bronze.

One of the issues with the OnGuard Mastiff # 8020 is that the key will not insert all the way and this feels as if the tumblers are not aligned properly. Sometimes it may get little bothersome till you figure how to lock it quickly. Also, there may be issues in extreme cold when the lock may freeze and applying force may crack the lock. The OnGuard Mastiff # 8020 appears true to its name as its looks alone would deter thieves from attempting to breach this lock.

But the biggest problem with the Mastiff # 8020 is its heaviness. As its built with links 12 mm in thickness, the chain becomes very heavy (6.3 lbs or almost 3 kg). The weights can be felt even when riding the bicycle with the chain wrapped around somewhere. The OnGurad Mastiff # 8020 not only makes a good lock but also a very potent weapon in case of a street fight with the thief.

Long story short, beyond the tall claims by OnGuard, the Mastiff # 8020 is a very very heavy chain mated with a lock. The looks of the Mastiff is very assuring which is enough to discourage the thief, but that is all there is. It will be wise to research the available options in the same price range. The OnGuard Mastiff 8020  is not fit to be recommended for purchase with its current specifications and performance.

Abus Granit Plus 640 Review

Abus Granit Plus 640

Abus Granit Plus 640

The Abus Granit Plus 640 is a U-lock made of hardened steel. The shackle is rounded along its length. The shackle is double bolted in the lock body. The shackle , the case and all the supporting elements of the locking mechanism are made from hardened steel. Abus also claims to have used very intensive special weight-optimized alloy and light material. the cylinder used is the proprietary Abus Plus type, claimed to provide high protection against manipulations and attacks. Abus provides two keys for the lock, including with LED light for visibility during dark hours. The buyer can use Abus code card for ordering additional and replacement keys when needed. This has this additional feature where one can order locks that would open with the same key.  The Granit plus 640 is the launched to replace the Granit 64. The Granit plus 640 is easier to use due to the new ball mechanism that holds the shackle while locking. The Abus Granit plus 640 protects (to some extent) against twist attacks, pull attacks and cuts that require the shackle be cut on both sides for releasing the bicycle.

The Abus Granit plus 640 weighs 860 grams only. It has the dimension of 15cm by 8.3cm by 1.2 cm. In other words it’s a very compact U-lock with a very portable weight. The manufacturer Abus claims that this product is very effective and assures good protection in high theft risk scenario. The Sold Secure score is silver level, which means it is a decent lock to buy for $85.

However, the Abus Granit plus 640 feels rickety to hold in the hand and one would need to fiddle with the keys to get the teeth of the shackle in place to lock or unlock. The Abus locking mechanism has a great advantage over their competitors as it uses four locking points on the shackle. As each shackle has two locking points, one can’t just cut one side of the lock and twist the remaining piece of the shackle open. In other words a thief will have to use a grinder to cut through both sides of the lock in order to steal it since bolt cutters can’t make it through the shackle. The Abus Granit plus 640 is clearly not theft proof, but it surely can delay the theft, which means there is a chance that someone can see the attempt being made while the act is still in progress. It’s apparent that heavier locks provide better security against leverage attacks. However the Granit plus 640 is rated 12/15 on Abus’s own rating scale as the Granit plus 640 is stronger for its weight.

As apparent from the analysis above, the Granit plus 640 is good budget U-lock. Overall Abus locks have very strong reputation for build quality and reliability. The Abus Granit plus 640 is no exception as the build quality assures long term reliability and perhaps there are no drawbacks to this lock.  In a nutshell the Abus Granit plus 640 is a lightweight and decently secure bicycle lock.

U Lock Vs Chain Lock


Buying a lock for a bike can be challenging. The two most common choices available in the market are the U-lock and the chain lock.


The U-lock is called so, because it looks like the letter U in the English alphabet. The working is simple, the length forming the ‘U’ slides around what is to be secured and is finally held by a lock. The prongs of the U-lock could be slid in between the spokes in the wheels, thus securing the wheel to the body of the ride. One would need to a key to unlock the assembly. And also, these come in various colors, sizes and prices. Bicyclists prefer these locks because these are easy to use. But these locks are neither light weight and nor economical.  A sturdy lock may weigh around 2-3 lbs, and will cost about $50-$200 on the leading online stores. The quality of the lock is determined by the thickness of the shaft  and the metal in the shaft, and also the locking assembly. These locks, however, are not meant to be used for purposes other than securing motor bikes and bicycles. If using with a bicycle or a motorbike the lock is generally clamped to the frame or the suspension fork. Despite its simplicity the U lock is limited to be used with only one bicycle (or motor bike).

Whereas, the chain-lock is nothing but a chain held by a lock at its ends. And like every other lock this one comes with a key too. The chain is put around the body of the bicycle, motorbike (or anything else that could be lied with the chain). The advantage with this type is its simplicity, flexibility and cost. This lock could be used for multiple applications like securing bicycles and motorbikes, securing suitcases and trunks. Furthermore, theses could be used to tie around lamp posts, fences, gates.  The flexibility comes from the uses this product may have. One can buy a good chain lock for $20-$50 online. The price is determined by the chain quality and the quality of the lock assembly, and also the interfacing of the lock with the chain. Due to the simplicity of the chain-lock it is easier to manufacture at a more economical price. The required weight of the lock and chain is determined by the application. A 0.5lbs set may secure a standard bicycle tied to a lamp post. Whereas a longer and heavier chain-lock will be needed to secure a heavy cruiser motor bike. The chain-lock provides adequate security to anything that it could be used with. However, the limitation is its portability when not used with bikes. Also, they look clumsy as the only way to store them is by coiling.

From a users point of view, it is a choice between the neat and finished looks of the U-lock keeping in mind the higher weight and the price, and the flexibility in using the cheaper chain-lock which is not as good looking. In the battle of the locks, the chain-lock may have a slight advantage over the U-lock owing to the former’s value for money.

How to lock a bike without a lock?


lock-without-bike-lockFor some reason if you want to secure a bicycle without a lock this is the article for you. Right at the onset lets accept that you cannot lock your bicycle without a lock. The title is misleading. However, you can make it very difficult for the thief to steal your bike if you observe the following practices. Although, it is not recommended that you leave your bicycle unlocked and unattended. You won’t do that if you loved your bicycle.

  1. Remove the front wheel and lug it around with you wherever you go. Chances are no one would be interested in one wheel short of your bicycle. It is very troublesome to walk with a bicycle with a wheel removed, forget riding. There is a substantial chance that you will find your bicycle where you parked unless someone drives away with it in a truck.
  1. Disengage the quick release levers. If someone tried to ride away with the bicycle the wheels will come off the assembly. But this will only be an effective way to stop the stealing if you are in the vicinity of the bicycle. The thief may fit the wheels in place and ride away without any obstruction.
  1. Disengage the chain on the chain ring. Let the chain hang out, slide in a piece of wire through the chain-links and twist the ends to make lump. This shortens the length of the chain and it will be very difficult to put it back on the rings trying to steal.
  1. One option is to unscrew the saddle and carry it along with you. What good is a bicycle without the seat? At the sight of the bicycle with no seat, the thief will lose the urge. However, this won’t work the thief tosses the bicycle into a truck and drives away.
  1. Use the helmet and its strap to secure the rear wheel. With the helmet close to the seat, run the strap through the wheel and fasten the clip. If someone tries to leave with the bicycle in a hurry, the helmet strap will give a bumpy ride. Thus buying you a little time to retrieve the situation and your bicycle.
  1. Leave the bicycle on the highest gear. This will not allow the thief to pedal off riding the bicycle. If the thief jumps on it, he will hurt himself and will be an easy catch.
  1. Carrying a rope may be handy. If you don’t have a lock on your bicycle, run the rope through the wheels and around the frame in a weaving pattern. If you are left with sufficient length of rope, weave it around both wheels. And finally, tie the extra length with a sturdy support. The thief will have three options:

(a) to cut the rope with a knife, but the rope is so long that it will take him 10-15 minutes to free the bicycle,

(b) to start unweaving the rope trial, this won’t be easy as the knots will be difficult to untie. And,

(c) to walk away.

Five ways to keep your bike safe without a lock


secure-without-bikelockBefore you start reading this article, be informed that you cannot keep your bike without a lock. In fact your bike is not totally safe even with a lock. The degree of safety is only relative. The five tricks discussed below will allow you to keep your bicycle safe temporarily. These by no means should be practiced unless necessary or you may end up losing your beloved bicycle.

  1. The most common trick is to dismantle the front wheel and carry it wherever you go. Parking your bicycle in an area (like in the middle of the parking lot, surrounded by hundreds of other bicycles or, the corner of the parking lot which is difficult to reach) adds to security. This trick will work very well for a limited time. The thief will have to attend to the missing wheel issue and the difficult access. And if there are other bicycles around, chances are he will likely pick another bicycle.
  1. Get your hands dirty and disengage the chain from around the chain ring. You will need a few pieces of metal wire for this tweak. You have to make loop(s) with the loosely hanging chain and tie the loops with the metal wires. The thief will not be able to get the chain back on the ring unless he gets his hand dirty finding and untying each piece of metal wire. Clean your hands after you are done.
  1. The next trick would be to dismantle the saddle and carry it with you, parking the cycle in a parking lot. This could be done with a special wrench in less than two minutes. The logic is similar to (1), there would be complete bicycles around. The thief will not be interested in your bike without the seat. There is no point riding without a seat and getting hurt and also look weird. Once you are back, mount the saddle back, tighten it with the wrench and ride back home.
  1. Use the helmet and its strap to secure the rear wheel. With the helmet close to the seat, run the strap through the wheel and fasten the clip. If someone tries to leave with the bicycle in a hurry, the helmet strap will give a bumpy ride. Thus buying you a little time to retrieve the situation and to retrieve your bicycle.
  1. Carry a rope may to the parking area. Run the rope through the wheels and around the frame in a weaving pattern. If you are left with sufficient length of rope, weave it around both wheels. And finally, tie the extra length with a sturdy support. The thief will have three options:
  • to cut the rope with a knife, but the rope is so long that it will take him 10-15 minutes to free the bicycle,
  • to start unweaving the rope trial, this won’t be easy as the knots will be difficult to untie. And,
  • to walk away.

The proper way to lock your bicycle


proper-way-to-bike-lockYou love your bicycle. You keep it clean and shiny. Every time it gets scratched or dented, you feel it in your heart. You feel happiness when you see it gleaming under the sun in the parking lot. Be sure that the bicycle thief has noticed your jewel. Here is what you need to do to defy his attempts,

  1. Lock your bicycle with a strong structure, e.g. railing, fence, lamp posts that are strong and cemented. The strong structure will ensure that your bicycle can not be lifted and carried away in a van. Don’t just pick any available spot in the parking lot. Think for a minute. If possible, park right in the sight of a CCTV camera (and hope it is online). Or/also, select an area that is difficult to reach, e.g. middle of the parking area, surrounded by all the other bicycles parked. This will lower the chances of your bicycle being picked as the thief will be overwhelmed with number of chcoices available.
  2. Use two locks. Practise securing the bicycle with two locks, one through the front wheel and frame and the other one through the rear wheel and frame. In this way the thief will need more time to pick or break two locks. Also, remember using U-locks of small sizes are difficult to break. Smaller U-locks will not allow enough leverage to be broken by sliding in a shaft and applying pressure.
  3. If the bicycle is a premium one it would allow you to dismantle the front wheel with ease. Provided you carry the special wrench with you. Dismantling the front wheel and locking it to the rear wheel is a good option too.
  4. It’s a good idea to keep your bicycle look unappealing. Not replacing an old seat or maintaining a little dirt on your bike gives the thief one reason less of attempting stealing your bike.
  5. Employ the Sheldon method. The idea is to secure the bicycle by running a U-lock through the rear wheel around a firm support. The bicycle frame is left unsecured, it is just the rear wheel and the firm support. This strategy leaves the thief with only the option of picking the lock, so a good lock is a must. One can buy such a lock for $30-$100. However, it is always better to use two locks (as discussed in 1).
  6. Try not park in an unknown neighborhood for more than few hours. It serves the thief the home-turf advantage. If you are visiting an unknown place, make sure to retrieve your bicycle as soon as you can. The longer you take the worse it gets. Plan beforehand and make all make all the necessary arrangements.
  7. In addition to 1-6, the security of your bicycle in a parking lot, largely depends on the lock you invest in. Make sure that you choose wisely.

Abus vs Kryptonite bike locks: Which is best?


The choice would really depend on your needs. Abus and Kryptonite are both respected brands with great products. It is up to you to make a wise choice. In the market you would be having two options, the U-lock and the chain lock. Both, Abus and Kryptonite manufacture U-locks and chain locks. Kryptonite products, especially the U-locks are very popular and trusted in the United States. Many users opine that Abus U-locks are more suited for use in Europe as Kryptonite U-locks have shackles too small, for European scene. Therefore, if you intend to use the lock in Europe, Kryptonite may not be a wise choice as you will find it difficult to lock your bicycle using it with the small shackle. However, if you are a bicyclist from New York, the Kryptonite is an amazing choice, as they have Sold Secure Gold and Silver ratings on most of their products.Kryptonite-vs-abus-lock

The Kryptonite brand was started in 1970 which revolutionized the bicycle locking with their U-locks. These U-locks have been refined over the years to have grown in strength and have become lighter. So much so that all the other major lock manufactures, including Abus, offer U-locks now. Whereas, the Abus has been in the market since 1971. During the years in between, till today this company has manufactured every type of lock, in addition to bicycle locks. They cater to a broader market with products like chains and cables, an array of padlocks, bicycle locks, cabinet bars, electrically powered locks etc. On the other hand, Kryptonite has stuck to the narrower bicycle lock market. Recently, Kryptonite has launched many accessories for bicycles as bicycle lights, scooter and motor bike security systems etc.

Further, Kryptonite is the owner of the RealTime security GPS tracking system. With this system the owner can track his/her vehicle in real time. Kryptonite had really created the market for bicycle locks 40 years ago, and now is discovering a market for vehicle security and locking solutions.

While choosing a bicycle lock the after-sales support and the anti-theft protection schemes need to be considered. Kryptonite, as a brand is famous for their excellent after-sales support. No other lock brand has such reputation. In addition to that the Kryptonite guys throw in an optional anti-theft protection worth about $3000 when you buy a lock. Similar features are available with Abus locks too.

At the end, when you are down to buying a simple U-lock or chain-lock for your bicycle, the history and the legacy doesn’t secure the bicycle, the lock does. For the chain-locks known for their versatility, Abus and Kryptonite both are good. If you can’t decide, toss a coin. But when you are buying a U-lock, consider

(a) The price of your bicycle. If your bicycle is worth more than $400, invest in a good lock ( I recommend either of Abus and Kryptonite products with 13mm (or more) shackles

(b) Where would you be using the lock? If you are in the US, you can choose Kryptonite products for their quality and Anti-theft plans. If you are in Europe, go for Abus products.