To provide the best bicycle security while storing bikes, you’ll want to use bike lockers. In this video, we’ll review the security elements of bike lockers to help you select the best one.
No matter the application they will be placed in, there are some basic features any bike locker should include:
- The bike locker should fully enclose the bicycle
- It should provide some protection from weather
- The locker should be capable of being anchored to the ground
- Provide security from vandalism and tampering
With bicycle security as the focus, let’s evaluate the elements of a bike locker that factor into keeping the bike secure during storage.
Bike Locker Materials
In terms of the materials used to enclose the bicycle, we recommend steel. This provides an ideal level of protection against common attacks to the security of bike lockers.
Like commercial bike racks, thieves will most often use hand tools to implement a strategy of cutting and prying to break into commercial bike lockers.
Bicycle lockers made of steel are incredibly tough to cut with hand tools.
Alternatively, plastics have different levels of resistance to cutting with common tools. While some plastics can provide additional resistance, those with shells made of soft polyurethane can be cut open.
As the main access point into the locker, doors play an integral role as part of the bike locker’s security and are where many prying attacks happen.
Make sure the enclosure door frames are constructed with little to no gaps. The smaller the gap the less opportunity a crow bar can be inserted to pry open the door.
In addition to the material makeup of doors and panels, perforation is another security item to review.
Perforation has two primary purposes:
- Visual inspection
Beyond security, perforation provides additional venting to cool lockers that maybe placed in warm environments, especially for outdoor bike lockers.
This also allows for fresh air to circulate through the locker. This is beneficial as cyclists may store clothes inside the locker that were made sweaty from using their bicycle.
Another major component that contributes to the overall security of bike lockers is the locking mechanism. The most important factor of the locking mechanism will be the number of tabs securing it into the internal frame.
The tabs are used to lock the door closed and provide security against prying attacks. The fewer the tabs, the more likely the door can be pried open.
Three inserts are recommended. Minimally there should be two.
There are also a couple of different locking mechanism styles that are commonly used on bike lockers. The style you select is largely dependent on how you intend to use your bike locker.
A locking mechanism with a handle lock is well-suited for public use in first come, first serve scenarios.
This mechanism is locked by inserting either a padlock or U-style lock through the handle.
It is worth noting that the locking element – U-lock or padlock – are external with this locking mechanism. There is the possibility that thieves could use tools to cut or break the locks.
It is suggested these locks be used on bike lockers in areas that are restricted to only bike locker users, are meant for short-term bike parking or have constant surveillance.
Another locking mechanism, T-locks, are best in situations where lockers will be assigned to individuals. Usually as longer-term rentals or leases.
This style of lock consists of an internal locking mechanism built into the locker and pop-out T-handle latch. These come with individual, non-duplicable keys that can then be distributed for the assigned locker.
The potential challenge with this locking mechanism comes from lost or unreturned keys. The lock must then be changed or re-keyed.
Anchoring Bike Lockers
It’s also important to ensure the locker can be anchored to the surface.
Look for lockers that have pre-drilled holes where spike anchors can be used to attach the lockers to the concrete surface.
Bike lockers offer the best security when storing bicycles – when they’re made with the right materials. Use the insights from this video to evaluate the best bike locker for you.