Thank you to Spin LDN for putting on a great show and a massive thank you for all you very kind comments.

On Sunday Bike V Design put on a couple of events covering bike theft and what design solutions are available. Here are our tips and recommendations from the day’s events

We had a great panel discussion with Titus Halliwell – Cycle Task Force MET Police, Anthony Lau – Cycle Hoop, Ayantika – Atomic 22, Marco Zappalorto – Nesta ‘Hands off my bike project’, Robert Graves Morris – Stolen Ride,

Bike theft is a huge issue, especially in London. This problem is exacerbated by a lack of secure and well designed bike parking, over stretched police and an incoherent approach to the problem.  Whilst there are some exciting new developments with tracking and registration systems these do not serve as a deterrent for thieves and raise a lot of issues. Logistically – How they are monitored, who is going to act on the information, how it will help you get your bike back. Technically – how it is activated, where the tracking device will be concealed on the bike, how long the signal will last and how precise the location is (i.e. in a block of flats?).

Bike V Design recommend a rounded approach to Bike Security.

Record, Register and Report – follow the MET’s advice. Photograph and register your bike so if it goes you have all the information you need. Report the theft to the police, you never know.

Lock it to something well designed and strong – Hopefully TFL, councils and businesses will be investing in more good quality cycle parking.


Secure your saddles and components – bike thieves know about bikes. Even if you have locked your bike very securely this will not stop thieves stripping your bike or even, in some cases, cutting through the frame to get to the components.

There are no rules – it doesn’t matter if it’s a rubbish old bike or worth thousands, if it isn’t secured it can get stolen.

LOCK test demonstration

There is a huge range of different locks available, and a huge range of tools available for thieves to break them with


Many of the cable locks available can be cut easily with a pair of CK cutters


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We focused the demonstration on a range of D locks. D locks are the strongest type of lock available but you really do get what you pay for. So armed with two strong Bikeworks mechanics and a 2m long scaffolding pole we put a range of locks to the test.

test 2

Sold Secure rate these locks Bronze, Silver and Gold.

The first round were Bronze and Silver rated locks from the main suppliers Kryptonite, Abus and On Guard – these were all ‘popped’ in under two minutes.

photo (22)Some did significantly better but

lock testing

Bikeworks mechanics are pretty hench

and when you add a third!

All 3

Even the toughest started to go including this silver rated Abus


The OnGuard Pitbull STD U-Lock took so many attempts we actually thought we might have to angle grind it just to get it off the railing.


The new Strongman locks from Knog surprised us the most. Not only do they look really nice but we couldn’t break them.


So our advice is to go for at least a gold rated lock (like the yellow and red Kryptonite range)


We did have some chains to test but unfortunately the bolt cutters provided were too blunt and after one of the mechanics (rather dramatically – but yes he’s fine!) cut his hand we had to leave that bit of the testing for another day.


Thank you very much for coming along!

Bikeworks have two shops in London. If you have any questions or would like any advice on bike security then please just pop in and ask one of the mechanics!


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