Here's a simplified guide on 4 of the most common types of bicycle locks!

1. U-locks

The U-lock works like a giant padlock, and it's one of the oldest types of bicycle locks that is still widely used today. It's popular due to its simple but effective design. It also serves as a powerful visual deterrent.


Recommendation: ULAC Brooklyn (S$39). The issue with most U-locks is that they are typically heavy and inconvenient to carry around. You won't have this problem with the ULAC Brooklyn which weights only 335g!

2. Chain Locks

When it comes to chain locks, there is a wide variety to choose from depending on the choice of links and chains. They all work the same way by securing the chain to an immobile object.


Recommendation: ULAC 52nd Street (S$21) Versatile and lightweight, the ULAC 52nd Street chain lock consists of 120cm hardened steel chain that is long enough to lock up to two bikes! Covered in a fashionable sleeve, the resettable combination lock mechanism boasts up to 10,000 combos. Forget about having to carry keys around with you again!

3. Cable Locks

Flexible and lightweight, cable locks are popular due to their convenient and fuss free nature. However, cable locks are more vulnerable compared to other lock types. Accordingly, it is not advisable to use them as your primary lock.


Recommendation: Prague Cable Lock (S$34) Weighing only 210g, this 55cm long lightweight cable lock is incredibly easy to carry around. Best part? it features a 6mm braided steel cable and a combination lock with up to 10,000 combos to enhance its security level.

4. Folding Locks

Folding locks are a great alternative to the above locks as they are a compromise between U locks and chain locks. They have more lock options than a chain lock, more portable than a U-locks, and stronger than cable locks.


Recommendation: Monoblade (S$47) Secure, easy-to-use folding lock embedded with solid steel and beautifully engineered. Monoblade comes with a velcro style bracket to secure the lock anywhere on a bike.

September 29, 2021 — Victor Tong

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