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Securing your bike
We recently received an email from someone who has had the bad luck to have his bike stolen twice in two years. He asked if we had any tips on securing your bike so here is a list that we have compiled:
- There are three different types of locks – chain and padlock, cable, and U-locks (sometimes called D-locks)
- Consider using two entirely different types of locks – thieves usually only carry one tool for breaking one kind of lock
- Choose a hitching post that the lock cannot be manipulated from. You would be amazed at the hitching posts some people try to use!
- Lock both wheels and the frame of your bike to your hitching post. The lock should go through one of the frame’s main triangles
- Avoid leaving your bike locked up in the same place day after day. Thieves could be monitoring your activities and know how long they have to either attempt to steal your bike, or steal parts of your bike such as lights, tubes and tools
- Likewise, try to avoid locking your bike outside somewhere thieves will know you will be a long period of time, such as outside the cinema
- If you own a decent bicycle, it is probably a good idea to check it is covered on your insurance policy and especially that it is covered if it is stolen away from home.
- Always lock your bike! Even if you intend to only be gone for a few minutes, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
You can also check out this clip from the London Cycling Club, which is a guide to locking your bike. It might be a bit extreme but it’s a good way to ensure you won’t come back to your bike only to find it gone!