Squire High Security Padlocks, Accessories and Alternatives
This page provides details on the specific padlocks, disc locks and D-locks available and the options that relate to them.
- Lock Suitability
- Dimensions & Technical Information
- Closed Shackle or Open Shackle?
- Security Ratings/Approvals - CEN, British Standards, Sold Secure
- Keyed Alike?
- Key Profiles
- Combination Locks
- Using a D-Lock
- Number of Keys and Spare Key Blanks
- Lock Maintenance Advice
We offer a range of locks, including our own SFB RoundLocks and the top-end locks from Squire. We find all of our range to give good security at appropriate prices. Our buying power means we can offer good discounts against normal selling prices. We will not supply locks that we have discovered have poor reliability; we only sell locks that we think are good.
Our SFB RL21 RoundLock is recommended for use with the Protector 16mm chains, and the RL21 plus the RL21A adaptor extends this to cover the Protector 19mm chain.
The Squire Stronghold closed shackle locks are available in different sizes: the larger sizes (the 65mm SS65CS and the massive 80mm SS80CS) are much stronger locks with a higher security rating than the smaller 50mm SS50 range. The larger locks are also heavier (see below for full weight and dimension information).
We offer several alternative locks suited to different chains and different situations, including with a choice of different cylinders as well as high-security combination locks where keys are not wanted. It is important to use a lock that is a good match for a specific chain - a lock that is an excellent partner for one chain may expose a vulnerability if it was used with a different chain. We offer chain plus lock packages that take this into account.
Note: The Squire SS50CS, SS50C-Combi and SHCB65 locks are too small to be used with the Protector 16mm and larger chains! The shackle opening on several of the smaller locks is not large enough to go around the links on 16mm or bigger chains.
Lock dimensions, weights and other technical details are listed below.
|Lock Model No.||Shackle Type||Body Width||Body Thickness||Shackle Diameter||Vertical Shackle Clearance||Horizontal Shackle Clearance|
|SFB RoundLock RL21||Enclosed||40.0 (dia)||40.0 (dia)||21.0||15.0||N/A (****)|
|SFB RoundLock RL21A||Enclosed||40.0 (dia)||40.0 (dia)||21.0||15.0-18.5mm(+)||N/A (****)|
|SS80CS||Closed||80.0 (++)||40.0 (++)||16.0||25.0||23.0|
|SS65CS||Closed||65.0 (++)||31.8 (++)||12.7||19.0||19.0|
|SS65CS-XLN||Closed||65.0 (++)||31.8 (++)||12.7||20.0 (*)||20.0|
|SS50CS||Closed||50.0 (++)||26.0 (++)||10.0||14.0 (*)||14.0|
|SS50S & SS50P5||Open||50.0||26.0||10.0||26.0||22.0|
|SS50C-Combi||Closed||56(**)||31(**)||10.0||16.0 (*)||15.9 (*)|
|SS50-Combi||Open||56(**)||31(**)||10.0||26.0 (*)||22.0 (*)|
|Eiger Mini||Mini-D-/Disc Lock||104||42||13.0 (***)||80||
|Untouchable||Enclosed||40.0 (dia)||40.0 (dia)||21.0||15.0||N/A (****)|
|SHCB65||Closed||65.0||23.0||11.0||15.0 (*)||20.0 (*)|
(+) The RoundLock with RL21A socket has a chamfered face that increases the clearance at its outer edge, allowing it to sit inside a Protector 19mm chain link.
|Lock Model No.||Weight|
|Squire SS65CS & -XLN||1.0kg|
|Squire SS50S and SS50P5 (Open Shackle)||0.47kg|
|Squire SS50-Combi (Open Shackle)||0.53kg|
|Squire Eiger Mini Disc Lock/Mini-D||0.70kg|
|Squire Hammerhead 230 D-Lock||1.74kg|
The photos above show our SFB RoundLock, and the comparison between the standard RL21 socket (top-right) and the optional RL21A socket (bottom-right). The chamfered face on the RL21A socket is machined specifically to suit the Protector 19mm chain.
The photo above shows the Squire SS50-S Open Shackle lock at the left, then the SS50CS, SS65CS and SS80CS Closed Shackle locks.
Details common to Squire SS80CS, SS65CS & -XLN, SS50CS, SS50S (Open Shackle) - All with the R1 Restricted cylinder:
Mechanism: 6 pin tumbler, 250,000 combinations, anti-bump, anti-drill
Shackle: Hardened steel
Shackle Material: Boron alloy steel
Details common to Squire SS80CS, SS65CS & -XLN, SS50CS - All with the NW4 New Wave cylinder:
Mechanism: 10 pin reversible 4 type encoded dimple cylinder key including active elements and side pins, rollers in the key and wave channel, more than 20 million combinations, anti-bump, anti-drill. Ultimate security!
Shackle: Hardened steel
Shackle Material: Boron alloy steel
Details for the Squire SS50C-Combi and SS50-Combi:
Mechanism: 5-Digit (0-9) Recodable combination lock, 100,000 combinations
Shackle: Hardened steel
Shackle Material: Boron alloy steel
Details for the Squire Eiger Mini Disc Lock:
Mechanism: Disc tumbler
Shackle: Hardened alloy steel
Details for the Squire SHCB65:
Mechanism: 4-Digit Recodable combination lock, 10,000 combinations
Shackle: Hardened steel, rotating
A closed shackle padlock is the higher security option because the lock body partly surrounds the shackle (see the photo above), whereas an open shackle padlock has much more of the shackle exposed and thus vulnerable to attack. However, an open shackle lock can be used in more situations and weighs less than its closed shackle equivalent.
Our SFB RoundLock is an unusual design in that it is effectively cylindrical, with the shackle, such as it is, forming the axis of the cylinder. When it is locked through an appropriate chain link, for instance, the shackle section can be 100% protected from attack.
D-Locks and motorcycle disc locks are designed to suit different situations and heavier shackles are offered to counteract the fact that they are exposed.
Sold Secure is an independent British security testing and approvals organisation that awards Gold standard to the highest security products, with Silver and Bronze for lower grade products. Note that Sold Secure awards these grades according to a range of criteria appropriate to the intended use. Hence, Sold Secure Motorcycle Gold is different (in fact a much higher standard) when compared with Sold Secure Bicycle Gold. It is important to know the type of grading as well as the level that is required.
CEN is the main European lock standardisation and approvals body. The new CEN EN12320 standard is basically the same as the British Standard BS EN 12320 - lock testing standards are being harmonised across Europe. A higher CEN rating indicates a higher security lock: CEN 6 is the highest rating and CEN 1 is the lowest on that scale. This standard only relates to padlocks and padlock fittings (such as padbars); it does not relate to chains.
Classe SRA and NF are both French security testing certifications (with NF the more stringent).
Thatcham is another UK organisation that specialises more in certification of immobilisers, alarms and similar electronic products; we do not regard them as good as Sold Secure for testing physical security products.
The following table shows the ratings and approval information for various of our locks:
|SFB RoundLock RL21 and RL21A||Enclosed Shackle||Sold Secure Motorcycle Gold, Bicycle Gold, Quad/ATV Gold, Motor Scooter Gold (Police Preferred Specification pending)|
|Squire SS80CS||Closed Shackle||CEN6 - Extra High Security,
CEN EN12320 (new standard) Grade 6+
|Sold Secure Motorcycle Gold
LPCB LPS1654 Issue 1 standard: Approved to level SR3 with both Squire 6 pin ('S') and NW4 cylinders, Police Preferred Specification
|Squire SS65CS||Closed Shackle||CEN6 - Extra High Security,
CEN EN12320 (new standard) Grade 6
|Sold Secure Motorcycle Gold, Police Preferred Specification|
|Squire SS50CS||Closed Shackle||CEN4 - Security, CEN EN12320 (new standard) Grade 4||Sold Secure Motorcycle Gold, Police Preferred Specification|
|Squire SS50S||Open Shackle||CEN4 - Security, CEN EN12320 (new standard) Grade 4|
|Squire SS50P5||Open Shackle||CEN3, CEN EN12320 (new standard) Grade 3||Sold Secure Bicycle Gold|
|Squire Eiger Mini||Mini D-/Disc Lock||Sold Secure Motorcycle Gold|
|Untouchable||Enclosed Shackle||Classe SRA, ART|
|Squire Hammerhead 230 D-Lock||D-Lock||Sold Secure Bicycle Gold|
It is sometimes possible to have multiple locks all operated with a common key. This is called Keyed-Alike and is only an option with certain types of locks and combinations of locks. It can make life much easier when locking multiple things, or when using multiple locks on a single item. All locks using the same key means you don't have to fumble for the right key and you don't have to carry multiple keys. There is a small extra cost to this option but it is only a small fraction of the cost of the locks.
Our SFB RoundLocks and DIB Series D-Locks can be supplied at initial order as a keyed-alike set. This means you can have a single key operating a pair of RoundLocks and a DIB D-Lock, for example. This keyed-alike option is only possible at the time of the initial order; it is not possible to key-match a previously-supplied RoundLock or DIB D-Lock.
Multiple Squire Stronghold padlocks (SS65CS/SS50CS/SS50S) can all use the same key, including when mixing different sizes and types of lock. For example, if you are locking two motorbikes or a bicycle and a shed - you could use a pair of SS65CS padlocks for highest security or one SS65CS for the bike and one SS50CS or SS50S for the shed.
We generally keep a stock of various keyed alike sets and, for the Squire locks only, we can also order locks to match a previously-purchased lock. Special orders from Squire usually take 1-2 weeks.
Please see the explanation below about Squire Key Profiles as we will need to know what type of key, and thus cylinder, we are to match if you order keyed-alike. Please let us know if you are a previous customer or if you purchased your existing lock(s) elsewhere, as well as advising the full key number from the back of the key. Restricted profile keys are also different to standard keys and there are several different restricted profiles. We are not able to supply some restricted profile locks as some are restricted to specific locksmiths etc. We can supply standard profile, and R1 and A440 restricted profile, only. Note that the "A440" is sometimes very faintly stamped in the corner of the key and sometimes it is part of the engraved key number. If a pre-existing lock has been supplied with a key card, please send us a photo of that card, with all embossed lettering visible.
Note: The Squire NW4 ultimate security cylinder is not available keyed-alike. If you need the extreme level of security provided by the NW4 cylinder, you probably don't want more than one lock on the same key!
The Squire Eiger Mini and SS50P5 locks and Hammerhead D-locks are not available keyed-alike and they also use a different type of key that cannot be used with the SS65CS/SS50CS/SS50S locks.
An alternative to keyed-alike locks can be using recodable combination locks. A recodable lock means you can set your own combination and change it as required. More information here.
If you are considering matching a pre-existing Squire lock of the relevant type, be aware that there are several different key profiles for these locks and we need to identify the precise profile in order to provide an appropriately matched keyed-alike lock.
The photo above shows, in order left-to-right: (1) A standard profile key and (2) a Chinese version of the same thing, then (3) and (4) R1 profile keys with different head design, and finally (5) is an NW4 key. If you look closely, you may be able to see the more convoluted profile of the key itself (i.e. the part that goes into the cylinder) on the R1 keys as compared to the standard profile keys. The A440 profile is similar to R1, but the convolutions (i.e. the ridging) are different so R1 and A440 are not interchangeable.
The Squire SS50C-Combi, SS50-Combi and SHCB65 combination locks are recodable, meaning you can set your own combination and change it as required. This can be ideal when access to a lock must be shared across several people and when access must be controlled over time, such as when an employee leaves or a client departs: Simply change the combination and advise the remaining staff/new clients of the new number.
D-locks, otherwise known as U-locks, are useful compromises between security and weight for carrying. They are available in a range of sizes and security levels, with only the best, such as our DIB-Series D-Locks, being recommended for high-value items such as motorbikes and valuable bicycles. However, it is important that they are used correctly.
D-locks are commonly attacked by thieves by twisting them. If you loop a D-lock through some railings and around the seat tube on a bike, for example, and if you leave a lot of spare room in the 'D', it is easy for a thief to insert a piece of timber, scaffold pole, or other strong lever through the 'D' and to apply a large twisting force to the lock. With enough space to use a big lever and with enough leverage applied, lower grade locks will fail. It is therefore imperative that you don't purchase a lock that is too large (as that creates more space in the 'D') and it is crucial that you fill as much of the 'D' as possible. You can fill the space by looping the lock around the bicycle wheel as well as the seat tube, and by going through two or three railings rather than one, for example. Ideally, and especially if you have quick-release wheels, it is advisable to remove the front wheel and to lock it and the rear wheel and definitely the frame to an immovable object. The front wheel then helps to fill space inside the 'D' as well as being protected itself. Compact and Mini-D locks such as our DIB-130 and DIB-190 D-Locks and the Squire Eiger Mini Disc Lock reduce this vulnerability through only having a small opening within the 'D'. It is still good practice to try to fill that space as much as possible.
A D-lock can be used to lock a chain by simply looping links of the chain over the leg(s) of the 'D'. Note that only high-grade D-locks with 16mm or thicker shackle and Motorcycle Gold approval should be considered for motorcycle security as lesser D-Locks will likely be the weak link when paired with a 16mm chain, for instance. A 19mm or thicker chain should generally be locked with a close-fitting closed shackle padlock, and not a D-Lock, for a similar reason. Of course, you do improve your security by using a chain and lock and a D-lock as well.
Our SFB RoundLocks and DIB-Series D-Locks are supplied with three keys. A keyed-alike set of RoundLocks/DIB D-Locks will have three keys for each lock in the set (e.g. a keyed alike set of two RoundLocks is supplied with a total of 6 keys).
Each of the Squire keyed padlocks is supplied with two keys; keyed-alike sets have two keys for each lock in the set (e.g. a keyed alike set of two Squire locks is supplied with a total of 4 keys).
The Squire standard 6-pin cylinders are very popular and many key-copying kiosks and locksmiths will have the blanks and are likely to be able to offer a key-cutting service if you require more keys of that type. We can also supply un-cut blanks. (Beware that the Stronghold locks also changed cylinders around 2006 so there is an earlier vintage as well.)
Restricted Profile Keys: The newer R1 restricted profile keys are not as common so you may find key-copying locations don't have the blanks in stock. We can supply R1 blanks when you can provide a photograph of an existing key or key card.
In all cases where we have supplied a key blank, you would still have to go to a key-cutting outlet to have the blank cut to match your key. Locksmiths may typically charge e.g. £3.00 for cutting each one.
Good quality locks tend not to need much maintenance in many circumstances. The most important thing is to keep the locks clean as dirt or grit getting inside can cause problems. Traditional oils tend to attract dirt so should be avoided if possible.
Regular Cleaning/Lubrication: You can use things like WD40 but it's really not much good as a lubricant and only good as a water displacer (hence it's name). We tend to prefer GT85 as that is good for cleaning & removing water but also has some PTFE/silicone that helps to keep water out as well as provide lubrication. Turning the lock upside down and using the little plastic straw in the can's nozzle and putting the other end of that right in the keyway and giving it a squirt is the way to do it. You may wish to wear gloves or to use some cloth as there will often be a lot of surplus lubricant coming out of the lock and these are not always ideal all over your hands (or dripping onto a nice carpet if you're doing it indoors!). Graphite powders can also work well if a lock is always dry and never exposed to rain etc - an occasional puff of graphite powder provides good lubrication without attracting dust and dirt, but it may do nothing to exclude water or to remove dirt or water that is already inside the lock. We do not use graphite on any of the padlocks we use as they can all be subjected to damp some time and that makes graphite gum up.
Preventing Freezing: If a lock is exposed to wind and rain and is likely to get wet inside, we use an aerosol lube such as is often used by mountain bikers ("Finesse Multi Lube"). Similar products will probably also work well. That helps to keep the water away and can therefore avoid the problems associated with locks getting frozen solid in cold weather. We do find with the one we use that it gets pretty stiff at around -10 C, but in more normal temperatures it gives a good compromise. Locks that have sliding keyway covers can help to exclude dirt, but they can also trap moisture and potentially increase problems with freezing.
Dealing with Dirty, Sticking or Jamming Locks: If a lock has already got dirt inside and is starting to get sticky to operate with the key, it is a good idea to flush it out soon, before the problem gets worse. GT85 or WD40 are good for this. If it has already got beyond that and is jamming, squirting in a lot of GT85 or WD40 and inserting and removing the key many times (e.g. 30-100 times) and trying (gently) to operate the key repeatedly will invariably free it up. It really can take a lot of flushing and key movements to clear grit etc from inside the cylinder, but it does eventually work virtually every time. The Squire Stronghold locks are precision engineered items and dirt is the enemy so it is much better to keep them clean to avoid problems like this, or if they start to show signs to clean them out as described sooner rather than later. If you use WD40 for this process, you should follow it with something with better lubricant properties as WD40 has almost no lubricating ability.
If your lock has already frozen: If you've got a lock that has already frozen as a result of water getting inside and temperatures dropping such that you can't operate the key, defrost sprays used for clearing car windscreens can often help but may take a while and a few squirts (again, straight into the keyway with the lock inverted). Another option can be to heat the key over a flame or other heat source (taking care not to get burnt etc!) and then to insert the key and leave it for e.g. 30 seconds before trying to operate it, and repeating as required. If it is possible to move the lock into warm surroundings and leave it to warm up and thaw out, that is often an easier but slower option. If you can leave the lock indoors for a day or more, it may help to dry it out inside and help to prevent a repeat occurrence. A non-ideal option can be to flood the outside of the lock with hot water, again with care. All of these techniques should be followed promptly with rinsing the lock with GT85/WD40/similar to remove the water from the melted ice etc so that it doesn't freeze up all over again as soon as the temperature drops! Naturally, you should exercise caution when using any source of heat or with hot water - the lock body and the key can hold and transfer a surprising amount of heat so it is easy to get a surprise burn.
Squire Guarantee: Squire locks we supply have a 10-year guarantee directly with Squire and on the rare occasions we have had to return locks to them, they have provided replacements and refunded postage very quickly. We refuse to sell locks where we've had problems or where the manufacturer has not provided good backup - security has to be reliable or it is worthless! Cheap locks are often a false economy, but even top-quality locks need some occasional care and attention.