Bike locks are one of those necessary evils, aren’t they? Like exercise and taxes, we don’t really want to give them the time of day but we’re going to be much worse off if we don’t.  One bicycle is stolen every six minutes in the UK, according to research by Direct Line, making cycle locks absolutely essential for anyone who plans to leave their bike unattended. Not sure where to start? Not to worry – we’ve compiled a helpful guide to help you understand what you need to be looking for as well as an overview of some of the best bike locks on the market: There are many different kinds of bike locks made from many different types of metal and steel. Most of the time, you will be shopping for a U-lock (shaped like it sounds), chain lock or cable lock. Starting at the lower end of protection we have cable locks – typically a steel cable core wrapped in a protective coating. They are utilised best as a second lock, rather than a primary lock, as they present little challenge to experienced bike thieves. With stronger metal, you get stronger protection. Chain and U-locks (also known as D-locks) tend to be made with thicker and stronger materials like bor...