Cyclists tend to share an intense primal passion and love for their bicycle(s). We adorn our two-wheeled companions with trinkets and customized paint jobs whilst loving them with dedication and unwavering commitment. The unfortunate reality is that bicycle theft is on the rise and it becomes your responsibility as a bicycle owner to lock your cherished penny-farthing up in such a way to protect all it’s component parts.
There is nothing worse than locking up your bike and coming to find it stolen!
4% of theft in the United States is bicycle related. Don’t allow yourself to become part of this statistic. We compiled some tips of the best methods of bicycle lock-up and debunked the myths so you can make wise decisions and protect your ‘old faithful’.
There may be an instance where due to an oddly shaped locking structure, the size of your lock, or the size of your bike, you are limited in what you are able to capture in your lock-up. In this case the frame should be the priority of the lock-up. If you only have one lock to work with, lock up the frame.
You should work on an easy method of locking up not only your frame, but including the rear wheel in your locking-up habits. Frame+Rear Wheel lock-up is a safer practice than the Frame-Only Lock-Up; in this scenario you are able to capture the frame, rear wheel, and the immovable object all within the lock.
One lock is good- but two locks are better and this is what you should be opting for if you’re going to lock your bicycle up for a full day. The first lock is used to tightly lock the frame of your bicycle. If you regurlarly commute to work (or play) on your bicycle and lock it up for long periods of time, it is worth it to invest in TWO good quality locks. Secure your frame to a sturdy fence or bike rack. Next: run the cable lock through the spokes of your rear wheel and then again around your bicycle frame and the fence/bicycle locking rack.This method is highly effective and uses two, typically primary locks, either chains, u-locks, or a combination of the two. One of the locks secures the rear wheel and the frame to the immovable object, while the other lock secures the front wheel to the frame.
Which lock to choose?
The best lock depends on the length of time your bicycle will be locked up and the location of the bicycle. This website has an excellent chart for you to assess your security needs and choose the correct lock for best protection against theft. A U-lock is the ultimate in bike-locking technology. This locking system cannot be cut.
Ensure you test your lock before you walk away. Often times combinations locks have not fully engaged their locking mechanism and therefore are not locked. If you are able, release your front wheel and take that with you; that’s just one less thing that an opportunistic thief can take advantage of. If you cannot take the front wheel with you, remove the wheel and lock it together with the back wheel.
Stay safe and dont let criminals win the war of bicycle theft. Be prepared and make smart decisions. See you on the trails!
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