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Sold Secure Silver Bike Locks

I get it Sold Secure Ratings aren’t very clear. What does Sold Secure Silver mean and should you use a Sold Secure Silver bike lock?

If you’re looking to find out more about Sold Secure or the ratings they offer, keep reading. 

Sold Secure Silver bicycle rating
Sold Secure Silver is the second rating in the Sold Secure Bicycle rating system.

By the end of this short article not only will you know about Sold Secure, but also the extensive range of Sold Secure Silver bike locks available on the market.

Just below, I’ve put together a comparison table, displaying several of the best Sold Secure Silver locks.

I’ve also compiled a table displaying all of the Sold Secure Silver bike locks and their specs.

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    The Best Sold Secure Silver Rated Bike Locks

    Preview
    Best Choice
    Lightest option
    Model
    Foldylock Compact
    Hiplok Original
    Kryptonite Evolution Lite New-U Mini 6
    Pros
    • Best folding bike lock
    • Lightweight & compact
    • Silent whilst mounted
    • Increased locking options
    • Practical wearable design
    • Multiple locking options
    • 12mm steel shackle
    • Lightest option
    • Lifetime warranty
    • High security cylinder
    Cons
    • Thinner 5mm plates
    • Hard outer coating
    • Expensive for its security
    • Vulnerable to bolt cutters
    • Less locking options
    • Single bolted shackle
    Conclusion
    The Foldylock Compact is my choice of folding bike lock. It's lighter than every other Sold Secure Rated folding lock and outperforms them with relative ease. Check it out.
    The Hiplok Original was one of the first locks that could be worn. This lock doesn't provide the best levels of security, but makes up for what it lacks in its portability.
    A great quality Sold Secure Silver lock, and Kryptonite's lightest D lock available. Super portable, but slightly lacking in security due to single bolted design.
    Shackle Diameter
    5mm Plates
    8mm
    11mm
    Weight
    2.43lb (1.1kg)
    3.97lb (1.8kg)
    1.60 lbs (.73 kgs)
    Locking Dimensions
    • Length: 9.4"(24cm)
    • Width: 4.5" (11.5cm)
    • Lenght: 29.5" (75cm)
    • Width: 2.75” (7cm)
    • Length: 6” (15.2cm)
    Security Ratings
    Best Choice
    Preview
    Model
    Foldylock Compact
    Pros
    • Best folding bike lock
    • Lightweight & compact
    • Silent whilst mounted
    • Increased locking options
    Cons
    • Thinner 5mm plates
    • Hard outer coating
    Conclusion
    The Foldylock Compact is my choice of folding bike lock. It's lighter than every other Sold Secure Rated folding lock and outperforms them with relative ease. Check it out.
    Shackle Diameter
    5mm Plates
    Weight
    2.43lb (1.1kg)
    Locking Dimensions
    • Length: 9.4"(24cm)
    • Width: 4.5" (11.5cm)
    Security Ratings
    Preview
    Model
    Hiplok Original
    Pros
    • Practical wearable design
    • Multiple locking options
    • 12mm steel shackle
    Cons
    • Expensive for its security
    • Vulnerable to bolt cutters
    Conclusion
    The Hiplok Original was one of the first locks that could be worn. This lock doesn't provide the best levels of security, but makes up for what it lacks in its portability.
    Shackle Diameter
    8mm
    Weight
    3.97lb (1.8kg)
    Locking Dimensions
    • Lenght: 29.5" (75cm)
    Security Ratings
    Lightest option
    Preview
    Model
    Kryptonite Evolution Lite New-U Mini 6
    Pros
    • Lightest option
    • Lifetime warranty
    • High security cylinder
    Cons
    • Less locking options
    • Single bolted shackle
    Conclusion
    A great quality Sold Secure Silver lock, and Kryptonite's lightest D lock available. Super portable, but slightly lacking in security due to single bolted design.
    Shackle Diameter
    11mm
    Weight
    1.60 lbs (.73 kgs)
    Locking Dimensions
    • Width: 2.75” (7cm)
    • Length: 6” (15.2cm)
    Security Ratings

    Last update on 2020-11-20 at 04:47 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

    Who Are Sold Secure and What Do They Do?

    In case you didn’t already know, Sold Secure one of the leading organisations for testing and distributing ratings for security products.

    Manufacturers send their bike locks and other security devices to Sold Secure, who then carry out a series of different tests on them to determine their security level. 

    We will be focussing on the Sold Secure Bicycle ratings, mainly Sold Secure Silver.

    By completing their testing process, consumers are able to compare the security of bike locks and decide which is the best bike lock for them.

    During Sold Secure testing, many different methods and tools are used to determine the security rating awarded to any bike lock.

    Sold Secure is a non-profit organisation. Their only source of income is from the fees charged to companies when testing their security products.

    All surplus income from Sold Secure is reinvested in crime prevention.

    The video below explains a bit more about Sold Secure. It shows a few of the tests that Sold Secure carry out on different security products, this is an older video, so bear in mind tests will now be carried out differently.

    Sold secure testing faciliaty

    Sold Secure Ratings Explained

    • Sold Secure Bronze – Bronze-rated products offer theft resistance against a basic tool list (aimed at preventing opportunist crime)
    • Sold Secure Silver – Silver-rated products offer theft resistance against an enhanced tool list (aimed at preventing more determined attacks)
    • Sold Secure Gold – Gold-rated products offer theft resistance against a higher selected tool list (aimed at preventing dedicated attacks)
    • Sold Secure Diamond – Diamond-rated products offer attack resistance against a higher complete tool list (aimed at preventing the highest motivated attacks)

    What Do The Different Sold Secure Ratings Mean?

    As stated above, Bronze Sold Secure rated locks only offer protection against “the opportunist thief”.

    I never advise any of my readers to use anything less than a Sold Secure Silver bike lock, simply because they do not provide adequate protection.

    Bronze Sold Secure locks are only really suitable for café stops, where you will be sat down next to your bike.

    This will prevent a chancer from being able to quickly ride off on it. Sadly, that’s about as much as you can get from a Bronze rated bike lock. 

    The video below shows the Hiplok Lite in action against a pair of bolt cutters. Have a watch and see why I don’t recommend and Sold Secure Bronze bike locks

    Silver standard bike locks are a good option if you’re on a smaller budget. That being said, all of the best cheap bike locks I’ve reviewed are Sold Secure Gold rated, and cost less than many Silver-rated bike locks.

    You could use a Sold Secure Silver rated bike lock in a small town or village, where human traffic is low and the risk of theft is less.

    You could also use a silver-rated bike lock for short term lock-ups in high-risk areas. Whilst working as a cycle courier, I used the Foldylock Compact, which is a Silver standard bike lock and one of the best folding bike locks.

    Deliveroo with Foldylock Compact
    The Foldylock Compact is a bike lock that's Silver rated. It was perfect for short quick stops I had whilst riding as a cycle courier.

    Thieves are found all over but are especially active in town centres.

    If your bike is an attractive looking one, that catches looks from passers-by, it might be a good idea to invest in a more secure Sold Secure Gold rated bike lock.

    I’d also recommend that you opt for a Sold Secure Gold rated bike lock if you are going to be leaving your bike unattended for longer periods of time (1 hour+).

    Sold Secure Gold rated bike locks are suitable for all situations and offer great levels of security for your bike.

    Within each security category, there are several different types of locks, that all perform and function in different ways.

    How to lock your bike with the kryptonite fahgettaboudit mini
    I use the Sold Secure Gold rated Kryptonite Fahgettaboudit Mini to secure my bike. It's the best D lock money can buy.

    It’s important to take your time choosing a bike lock. D locks, chain locks & folding bike locks are the three main bike lock types.

    Every lock has different features, and although two locks may fall under the same security rating, this doesn’t mean they are equally secure.

    I’ve put together a guide which will help you increase your bicycle security skills. By implementing these simple tricks when locking your bike. Have a read now.  

    It’s important to remember, all a thief needs is time and the right tools. This is why I wouldn’t recommend using a lock rated lower than Sold Secure Silver. 

    Most Sold Secure Bronze and non Sold Secure rated locks can be defeated in a number of seconds with the right tooling. It’s just not worth your money!

    Watch the video below and you’ll understand why I only recommend Sold Secure Silver (and higher) rated bike locks.

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    Which Bike Lock Should I Buy?

    As previously stated, there is a huge range of bike locks on the market. All of these offer different features and Sold Secure ratings. 

    The characteristics of each type of lock are explained below, so that you are able to understand which works best for you and your bike. 

    If you’d like a more detailed look into different types of lock, have a read of my bike lock buying guide

    D Locks

    D locks (also referred to as U locks) are essentially a padlock, that separates into two parts when unlocked. Unsurprisingly, they get their name from their shape. 

    The first D lock was produced by a company that went on to become Kryptonite, the well-known security brand.

    D locks can be an excellent choice when it comes to bike security. They tend to be reasonably compact, whilst providing good levels of security for your bike. 

    Best Bike D Lock
    D locks from various manufacturers do look similar but it's important to remember they all have their own features. Find out what works best for you!

    If you only plan on purchasing one lock for your bike, a D lock is probably your best bet.

    This is simply because a good quality D lock will provide a great level of security, whilst being practical to use on the move and affordable too!

    I’ve reviewed the best D locks here, or there are several included in my review of the best bike locks.

    D locks come in all different sizes, so it’s important you do your research and find out which works best for you.

    One of the most important aspects to consider when purchasing a D lock is the thickness of its shackle. The thicker the shackle, the more secure the lock.

    Obviously, pay attention to it’s Sold Secure rating and don’t consider anything less than Sold Secure Silver!

    Chain Locks

    Using a chain lock is one of the original ways to secure your bike. Before D locks and folding locks existed, chain locks were the go-to for bicycle security.

    Whilst you may consider a chain lock to be a thing of the past, the best chain locks do rival many of the best D locks!

    Don't be fooled by chains such as the one below. If the item you're securing has any value at all, avoid "chains" like these. Dollar store locks will only end in disappointment.

    Chains can provide much larger locking areas than D locks and folding locks, without comprising their security.

    This means that by using a longer chain lock, you’re able to secure more of your bike’s components.

    The well known, LockPickingLawyer uses the Kryptonite Evolution chain lock for one of his bikes. If you know how to properly lock your bike a chain like this can provide excellent security. 

    Kryptonite Unisex's Evolution Chain Lock, Black/Orange, 10mm x 90cm
    Kryptonite Evolution Series 4 Chain
    Link Thickness: 10mm
    Weight: 6.1lb (2.77kg)
    35.4" (90cm)
    Kryptonite Unisex's Evolution Chain Lock, Black/Orange, 10mm x 90cm
    Kryptonite Evolution Series 4 Chain
    Link Thickness: 10mm
    Weight: 6.1lb (2.77kg)
    35.4" (90cm)

    Last update on 2020-11-20 at 13:13 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

    Whilst the Evolution Series 4 chain is a Sold Secure Gold rated bike lock, it provides superior levels of protection and retails at a cheaper price than many Sold Secure Silver bike locks.

    Worth a look.

    Even though chain locks struggle with their portability, there are several that could be considered portable.

    Whilst a portable chain lock is great for use on the goI’d recommend using a bigger stationary chain whilst locking at home. 

    Chain locks are made from a series of connected metal links. Most of the time a chain lock will come supplied with a padlock or a similar locking device. 

    Reputable manufacturers will get their chain lock’s security rated by Sold Secure, so it’s important to look out for their seal of approval.

    The Hiplok Original can be worn around the waist whilst cycling, for comfortable, practical transportation. It's also a Silver standard bike lock.

    Folding Bike Locks

    Folding bike locks are a relatively new addition to the market and are proving to be very popular.

    Their sleek design and practical storage options have propelled their popularity, folding locks can now be found in the majority of cycling stores.

    Folding locks tend to be more versatile than you standard D lock. Their folding links allow them to have a large locking area, which is helpful.

    This means they are able to fit around and secure your bike to objects that a D lock wouldn’t be able to such as a lamppost or a larger bike rack.

    Foldylock Compact with cable extension
    The Foldylock Compact is the best Sold Secure Silver bike lock. I use this lock whilst I'm working as a cycle courier.

    You may be thinking, why would anyone buy a D lock over a folding bike lock?

    There is a much smaller variety of folding locks to choose from, so this could answer that question.

    Also, as folding locks are still new to the market, the decent (Sold Secure Gold) folding bike locks tend to be more expensive than a top-quality D lock that has the same security rating.

    If it’s versatility and convenience that you’re after, a read my review of the best folding bike locks.

    Other Bike Locks

    There are a few other locks which do not fall into the three main bike lock categories. Many of these are new to the market, so make sure to look out for their Sold Secure Ratings. 
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    Litelok is a great example of a lock that doesn’t fit into these categories, but they have produced locks of Gold Sold Secure standard.

    Have a watch of the two videos which shows the how practical the Litelok Silver is when combined with the wearable kit & the Litelok Gold in action against an Ironman athlete! 

    Sold Secure Silver Bike Locks - The List

    The table below displays every Sold Secure Silver rated bike lock available today.

    I gathered this information from manufacturers websites and some through manual testing.

    I made sure to use reliable sources so that the information displayed below is as accurate as possible.

    The links in the table below will direct you to Amazon where you’ll be able to view the most up

    I will then update this information so that this table is as accurate as possible for the cycling community.
    Preview Model Weight Width Length Shackle Diameter ART Rating Warranty Period Type of Lock
    ABUS 440A 170HB 160 Alarm 2.43 lb (1.1 kg) 3.35 " (8.5 cm) 6.31 " (16 cm) 12 mm N/A 2 Years D Lock
    ABUS 440A 170HB 230 Alarm 3.3 lb (1.5 kg) 4.25 " (10.8 cm) 9.05 " (23 cm) 12 mm N/A 2 Years D Lock
    ABUS Chain Lock Steel-O-Chain 9808 110 5.62 lb (2.55 kg) 43.3 " (110 cm) 8 mm N/A 2 Years Chain Lock
    ABUS Chain Lock Steel-O-Chain 9808 140 6.17 lb (2.8 kg) 55.11" (140 cm) 8 mm N/A 2 Years Chain Lock
    ABUS Chain Lock Steel-O-Chain 9808 170 7.08 lb (3.21 kg) 66.93 " (170 cm) 8 mm N/A 2 Years Chain Lock
    ABUS Chain Lock Steel-O-Chain 9808 85 3.86 lb (1.75 kg) 33.46 " (85 cm) 8 mm N/A 2 Years Chain Lock
    ABUS Granit Plus 470 150HB 230 2.78 lb (1.26 kg) 4.29 " (10.9 cm) 9.05 " (23 cm) 12 mm N/A 2 Years D Lock
    ABUS Granit Plus 470 150HB 300 2.91 lb (1.32 kg) 4.29 " (10.9 cm) 11.8 " (30 cm) 12 mm N/A 2 Years D Lock
    ABUS Granit Plus 640 150 1.76 lb (0.79 kg) 3.27 " (8.3 cm) 5.9 " (15 cm) 15mm N/A 2 Years D Lock
    ABUS Granit Plus 640 230 2.34 lb (1.06 kg) 3.27 " (8.3 cm) 9.05 " (23 cm) 15mm N/A 2 Years D Lock
    ABUS Iven Chain 8210 110 5.5 lb (2.5 kg) 43.3 " (110 cm) 8 mm Level 2 2 Years Chain Lock
    ABUS Iven Chain 8210 85 3.97 lb (1.8 kg) 33.46 " (85 cm) 8 mm Level 2 2 Years Chain Lock
    ABUS Ultra 410 170HB 230 2.2 lb (1 kg) 4.33 " (11 cm) 9.05 " (23 cm) 14 mm N/A 2 Years D Lock
    ABUS Ultra 410 170HB 300 2.42 lb (1.1 kg) 4.33 " (11 cm) 11.8 " (30 cm) 14 mm N/A 2 Years D Lock
    ABUS Ultra Mini 410 150HB 140 1.65 lb (0.75 kg) 3.15 " (8 cm) 5.51 " (14 cm) 14 mm N/A 2 Years D Lock
    ABUS Ultra Mini 410 150HB 140 + Cobra 2.41 lb (1.09 kg) 3.15 " (8 cm) 5.51 " (14 cm) 14 mm N/A 2 Years D Lock
    ABUS Ultra Mini 410 150HB 180 1.71 lb (0.78 kg) 3.15 " (8 cm) 7.08 " (18 cm) 14 mm N/A 2 Years D Lock
    AXA Defender RL 3.15 lb (1.43 kg) 5.51" (14 cm) 6.3 " (16 cm) 12 mm Level 2 2 Years Frame Lock
    AXA Foldable 1000 4.34 lb (1.97 kg) 41.34" (105 cm) 10 mm Level 2 2 Years Folding Lock
    AXA Foldable 800 3.04 lb (1.38 kg) 39.37 " (100 cm) 8 mm N/A 2 Years Folding Lock
    AXA Newton Pro Mini + Cable 2.67 lb (1.21 kg) 5.9 " (15 cm) 7.87 " (20 cm) 16mm Level 2 2 Years D Lock
    AXA Newton UL-230 2.51 lb (1.14 kg) 6.69 " (17 cm) 11.02 " (28 cm) 14 mm N/A 2 Years D Lock
    AXA Newton UL-300 2.78 lb (1.26 kg) 6.69 " (17 cm) 11.8 " (30 cm) 14 mm N/A 2 Years D Lock
    AXA Solid 1.48 lb (0.67 kg) 5.9 " (15 cm) 5.9 " (15 cm) 12 mm Level 2 2 Years Frame Lock
    AXA Solid Plus 1.48 lb (0.67 kg) 5.9 " (15 cm) 5.9 " (15 cm) 12 mm Level 2 2 Years Frame Lock
    Decathlon ELOPS Set Lock 900 D 2.65 lb (1.2 kg ) 2.76 " (7 cm) 5.9 " (15 cm) 13 mm N/A 2 Years D Lock
    Foldylock Classic 2.95 lb (1.34 kg) 37.4 " (95 cm) 5mm N/A 2 Years Folding Lock
    Foldylock Clipster 2.2 lb (1 kg) 33.5 " (85 cm) 5mm N/A 2 Years Folding Lock
    Foldylock Compact 2.2 lb (1 kg) 33.5 " (85 cm) 5mm N/A 2 Years Folding Lock
    Hiplok D 2.2 lb (1 kg) 2.76 " (7 cm) 5.31 " (13.5 cm) 13 mm N/A 10 Years D Lock
    Hiplok DC 2.54 lb (1.15 kg) 2.76 " (7 cm) 5.31 " (13.5 cm) 13 mm N/A 10 Years D Lock
    Hiplok Homie Silver 5.73 lb (2.6 kg) 47.24 " (120 cm) 8 mm N/A 10 Years Chain Lock
    Hiplok Original 3.97 lb (1.8 kg) 33.46 " (85 cm) 8 mm N/A 10 Years Chain Lock
    Evolution Lite Mini-6 1.65 lb (0.74 kg) 2.75 " (7 cm) 6" 15.2 cm) 11 mm Level 2 Lifetime D Lock
    Kryptonite Keeper 12 LS 2.80 lb (1.27 kg) 4 " (10.2 cm) 11.5 " (29.2 cm) 12 mm N/A Lifetime D Lock
    Kryptonite Keeper 12 Mini 6 1.65 lb (0.75 kg) 3.25 " (8.3 cm) 6 " (15.2 cm) 12 mm N/A Lifetime D Lock
    Kryptonite Keeper 712 integrated Chain 120 3.75 lb (1.7 kg) 47.3 " (120 cm) 7 mm N/A Lifetime Chain Lock
    Kryptonite Keeper 810 Fold 3.05 lb (1.38 kg) 39.37 " (100 cm) 8 mm N/A Lifetime Chain Lock
    Kryptonite Messenger Mini + 2.51 lb (1.14 kg) 3.75 " (9.5 cm) 6.5 " (16.5 cm) 11 mm N/A Lifetime D Lock
    Kryptonite Messenger Mini + 2.60 lb (1.18 kg) 3.75 " (9.5 cm) 6.5 " (16.5 cm) 11 mm Level 2 Lifetime D Lock
    Evolution New-U Lite Mini-6 1.60 lb (0.73 kg) 2.75 " (7 cm) 6" 15.2 cm) 11 mm Level 2 Lifetime D Lock
    Lifeline Steel Core Medium 2.26 lb (1.03 kg) 3.15 " (8 cm) 5.63 " (14.3 cm) 14 mm N/A 2 Years D Lock
    Lifeline Steel Core Mini 3.08 lb (1.4 kg) 4.33 " (11 cm) 9.05 " (23 cm) 14 mm N/A 2 Years D Lock
    Litelok Silver Flexi-O 52 1.4 lb (0.64 kg) 20.5 " (52 cm) 8 mm N/A 2 Years Alternative D Lock
    Litelok Silver Flexi-O 70 1.6 lb (0.75 kg) 27.6 " (70 cm) 8 mm N/A 2 Years Alternative D Lock
    Litelok Silver Flexi-O 85 1.8 lb (0.84 kg) 33.46 " (85 cm) 8 mm N/A 2 Years Alternative D Lock
    Litelok Silver Flexi-U Large 1.6 lb (0.75 kg) 4.5 " (11.5 cm) 10.6 " (27 cm) 8 mm N/A 2 Years Alternative D Lock
    Litelok Silver Flexi-U Regular 1.41 lb (0.64 kg) 3.9 " (10 cm) 7.5 " (19 cm) 8 mm N/A 2 Years Alternative D Lock
    Master Lock 8234EURDPRO 5.07 lb (2.3 kg) 35.43 " (90 cm) 10 mm N/A Lifetime Chain Lock
    OnGuard Bulldog DT 8012 3.17 lb (1.44 kg) 4.53 " (11.5 cm) 9.05 " (23 cm) 13 mm N/A Lifetime D Lock
    OnGuard Bulldog LS 8009 2.95 lb (1.33 kg) 4.53 " (11.5 cm) 11.5 " (29.2 cm) 13 mm N/A Lifetime D Lock
    OnGuard Bulldog STD 8010 2.75 lb (1.25 kg) 4.53 " (11.5 cm) 9.05 " (23 cm) 13 mm N/A Lifetime D Lock
    Oxford Alarm D Max Duo 4.69 lb (2.13 kg) 6.81 " (17.3 cm) 12.6 " (32 cm) 14 mm N/A 2 Years D Lock
    Oxford Alarm D Maxi 3.97 lb (1.8 kg) 6.81 " (17.3 cm) 12.6 " (32 cm) 14 mm N/A 2 Years D Lock
    Oxford Alarm D Midi 3.53 lb (1.6 kg) 6.81 " (17.3 cm) 10.24 " (26 cm) 14 mm N/A 2 Years