How to Lock Your Bike

The following is from the Kryptonite website:

1. Always lock your bike, especially at home. This means in your garage, in your apartment building and your college residence hall. If you have a sense of security and become a little lax, that’s when a thief will take advantage.
2. Lock to a fixed, immovable object like a parking meter or permanent bike rack. Be careful not to lock to items that can be easily cut, broken or removed like a chain link fence (yes, thieves are that creative). Be careful that your bike can’t be lifted over the top of the object you’ve locked it to, like a sign.
3. Lock in a well-lit area with a lot of foot traffic.
4. Lock in a location where there are other bikes. The chances are pretty good that there will be a bike with less security, or no security, right near yours. Thieves will go for the easiest target every time.
5. When using a U-lock, position your bike frame and wheels so that you fill or take up as much of the open space within the U-portion of the lock as possible. The tighter the lock up the harder it is for a thief to use tools to attack and twist your lock.
6. Always position your U-lock with the keyway facing down towards the ground, but not close to the ground. Locks on the ground are more easily leveraged for attack.
7. Always secure your components and accessories with a secondary cable lock. This includes quick-release components.
8. For the greatest theft protection use two locks such as a U-lock and a locking cable. The longer a thief will have to work, the less likely your bike will be stolen.
9. Don’t lock your bike to itself by simply locking the front wheel to the frame. A bike ‘locked’ like this can easily be lifted and carried away.
10. A thief may notice a pattern and target your bike if you lock in the same location all the time. Mix up the locations a little bit, especially if you are a commuter.
11. Check with area law enforcement agencies and read all signs in the area before locking your bike. Don’t lock to anything illegal.
12. Always check your lock before leaving your bike to be sure you have secured it properly.

Matthew Feiner at The Devil’s Gear Bike Shop has this advice for New Haven cyclists:

Buy this Kryptonite lock with cable.

Get locking skewers and a seat post binder bolt.

You can also get a seat leash to protect your seat and post

How to lock your bike:

Use U-Lock to lock your frame and wheel to a secure object. Make sure the U-Lock loops the frame AND post. Attach cable from front wheel to U-Lock.

Leash your front wheel as shown and attach loop at other end of cable to U-Lock.

All together it should look like this.


3 responses

2 03 2010
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17 06 2010

Great post, Thanks. I bike to work almost every day – 10k’s each way. I love it!

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