Locking Your Bicycle: Good and Bad 2.0

22 04 2010

U-lock around front wheel and post with cable lock through rear wheel? FAIL!

The U-lock must be used around the frame and post to be effective. FAIL!

I was out walking around New Haven yesterday and once again I came across some horribly locked bicycles. So, to recap the U-lock needs to be around your frame AND the post you are locking to. If you use a cable it should be a secondary form of security to leash your wheels. The cable should never be used to attach your bike to the post. Cables can be cut!! If you lock your bicycle to a post or rack in New Haven with a cable the chances of it getting stolen go up dramatically. U-lock frame to post. Again. U-lock frame to post.
Please visit my How to Lock Your Bike page for detailed locking instructions.

Inexpensive Master Cable locks around frame and post? FAIL!

On closer inspection one of the cables has already been cut! This bike is already half-stolen. FAIL!!

U-lock around frame and post? Cable looping BOTH wheels? Locking skewers? Cable lock on seat? GOLD STAR!!

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