Match your lock to your cycling style — and security needs.

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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. U-locks are the default standard, usually used in conjunction with cables to secure your tires.

Keep in mind these things when selecting locks:

-While a company can claim to have $$$$ insurance offers associated with their locks, the caveats to claiming that money in the event of theft are many. For example, if you don’t return the broken lock (and sometimes keys) to the manufacturer, you’re out of luck. If your bike is used for commercial means, you may not qualify for coverage. Signing up for coverage can also be a hassle.

-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.

-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

Keys: 3 (one huge, bulky, lighted key, two smaller keys)

Weight: 3.8 pounds

Size: 0.55-inch shaft, 9 inches long, 4 inches wide

With cable? No

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 for: Best midrange cost lock for daily and weekend riders.

Master Lock Street Cuffs

Keys: 2 small keys, none lighted

Weight: 2.6 pounds

Size: 1 foot long, end-to-end

With cable? No

Cost: $33.75 at amazon.com

Bike mount? Must buy separately ($6.75 at amazon.com)

Overall: Creates a cramped space to jam your hands into, so if you have big hands, try a different lock. Also, several pinch points, so watch your fingers.

Best for: Casual riders who don’t have to use it frequently.

Master Lock Force 3 Ton With Bonus Cable

Keys: 2 house key size, none lighted

Weight: 3.3 pounds

Size: 1/2-inch shaft, 11 ¼-inches long, 4 ¼ -inches wide

Cable? Yes

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 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 for: Best low-cost option for everyday and casual riders.

Mega chain locks (Kryptonite, OnGuard, MasterLock)

Keys: Varies by company, 2 to 5, some lighted.

Weight: 10 to 16 ½-plus pounds

Size: Chain lengths start at 2 feet, average is 3 ½ feet

Cable? No

Cost: $60 to $160 on amazon.com

Bike mount? You are the bike mount. Putting such a heavy item on a bike frame or around your body could affect balance and steering ability. Store in a backpack.

Overall: Dust covers on most lock cylinders, nice chain sheath to protect your frame and wheels from mammoth-chain impact.

Best for: Locking your bike up for the season, or using the lock where you needn’t move it.

Kryptonite New York Lock STD

Keys: 3 (one huge, bulky lighted key, two smaller, slim keys)

Weight: 4.3 pounds

Size: 0.63-inch shaft, 8 inches long, 4 inches wide

Cable? No

Cost: $57.20 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. It will withstand weather well. Pair with cable to up illusion of deterrent.

Best for: People who don’t have to transport the heavy lock often or for those looking for an intimidation feel.

Onguard 5003 Pitbull STD

Keys: 5 (1 lighted key, size of car key, and 4 smaller ones)

Weight: 2.9 pounds

Size: 1/2-inch shaft, 9 inches long, 4 ½-inches wide

Cable? No

Cost: $39.56 at bikesomewhere.com

Bike mount: Included. Nylon strap secures large bracket with Allen bolt (wrench not included). Sometimes swings if you take a turn hard.

Overall: Rotating dust cover on lock cylinder. Pair with cable to up illusion of deterrent.

Best for: Daily and weekend riders who lose their keys often.

Onguard 5006M Pitbull Medium

Keys: 5 (1 lighted key, size of car key, and 4 smaller ones)

Weight: 2.8 pounds

Size: Half-inch shaft, 6.9 inches long, 3.5 inches wide

Cable? No

Cost: $26.36 at amazon.com

Bike mount: Included. Nylon strap secures large bracket with Allen bolt (wrench not included). Sometimes swings if you take a turn hard.

Overall: Rotating dust cover on lock cylinder. Pair with cable to up illusion of deterrent.

Best for: Daily and weekend riders who tend to lose their keys and are securing their lock to something narrow and nearby.