All 1.25 inch wide TiGr® Locks (including the TiGr® mini) meet/exceed bicycle security standards and have been ART certified.
Independent European laboratory technicians have tested TiGr® Locks using real world modes of attack including hacksaws, hammers, bolt cutters, pry bars, bottle jacks, various power tools and found them comparable to 13mm steel shackle u-locks.
Partial list of comparable bicycle locks:
Independent Test Video
This video shows an independent bike advocacy organization in New York City (BikeNYC.org) attempting to break a 1.25″ wide TiGr® Lock with a variety of bolt cutters.
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Engineers run destructive tests using the same tools (hammers, saws, levers, shears, bolt cutters, power tools…) bike thieves are known to use.
TiGr® Locks hold up to attack testing as well as, or better than, popular u-locks, chain and folding-style bicycle locks.
In-house testing video
Hacksaw attack comparing TiGr® Bow to hardened steel u-lock shackle:
Angle grinder attack comparing TiGr® Bow sample to hardened steel u-lock shackle:
Bolt Cutter attack comparing TiGr® Bow sample to hardened steel u-lock shackle:
About that German Video
In 2013 a German company published a video on YouTube showing a young woman breaking the narrower/lighter (0.75 inch wide) version of the TiGr® bow with large bolt cutters. That video does not show the 1.25 inch wide TiGr® locks which were ART® certified at the time.
1.25 inch wide TiGr® locks are better suited for higher risk situations. The narrower, 0.75 inch wide, TiGr® locks are well suited for shorter stops and more moderate risk situations.
All locks reduce the risk of theft, but no lock can completely eliminate the risk.
Some things to consider:
- Know where the high risk areas are and avoid them
- Lock to a secure fixture.
- Keep the lock low to the ground to make an attack more difficult.
- Lock frame and both wheels if possible and take easily removed accessories with you.
- Avoid leaving your bike locked in one place for long periods of time and avoid using the same location every day.
- Lock the bike in plain sight, and with other bikes when possible.
- Register your bike with your local police and/or a bike registration website.
- Ride your bike (it’s fun)