Avoiding the dreaded stolen bike situation
We’ve got some info on how to keep your bicycle secure. Plus, there are some pro tips peppered along the way!
The Reality and Risk of Bicycle Theft
Most bike locks can be broken so cyclists have to get a little creative when it comes to bicycle security. Each rider and bicycle is different, which means you’ll have to consider which option is best for you.
Pro Tip #1:
Also known as D-locks, these are great for fixing your bicycle to something sturdy. They’re tough and make excellent visual deterrents if you need to leave your bike outside or in a public space.
Smaller models are used to lock one wheel and the frame to a rack, pole, etc. There are larger models you can use to lock up both wheels and the frame.
Regardless of which option you choose, make sure there’s as little room as possible between your wheel, the frame, and whatever you’re locking it to. This prevents thieves from getting in there with crowbars, as the lack of space minimizes leverage points.
Some models come with optional chains and cross-bars to further secure quick-release wheels. They’re a little awkward to lock, but they’re less bulky than some of the other alternatives.
Pro Tip #3:
Key & Combination Locks
Pro Tip #4:
Seat & Wheel Skewers
If your bicycle has quick-release wheel and seat bolts, it might be time to reconsider. Just because your frame is locked, doesn’t mean other parts of your bike can’t or won’t be stolen.
Quick-releases are convenient for cyclists, and also (unfortunately) for thieves. By replacing them with skewers or security bolts, you’re adding another buffer and investing in keeping your entire set-up safe. You may need a couple special tools to install security bolts, but we think it’s worth it.