How To Lock A Bike And Deter Theft

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Welcome to Friday Bike Fun. For many of you, it’s the last work day of the week. It’s time to relax, unwind, and maybe even go on a weekend adventure or local ride. Yes, we’re talking about riding your bike. Summer is coming and you’re probably looking forward to putting some miles in on the saddle. If you love your bicycle, which we know you do, you want to keep it as long as you can. Unfortunately, there’s some awful thieves out there that can’t wait to take it away from you. That’s why today, we’re featuring this very handy guide from Kryptonite on how to lock your bike.

This guide will consist of five different parts, each being featured every Friday. So make sure to return next week to Friday Bike Fun for part two called,How To Properly Lock A Folding Bike.”

It doesn’t matter which type of bike you ride. It can be a regular bike, folding bike, E-bike, mountain bike, or a road bike. Regardless, this detailed guide from Kryptonite will show you how to keep your bicycle safe, and ruin a potential thief’s day.

Here’s a run down of the topics that will be covered in this super handy guide by the bicycle lock experts themselves, on how to lock your bike:

  1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT LOCK. The level of security you need depends on where you are leaving your bike, and for how long.
  2. ALWAYS LOCK YOUR BIKE to a solid object that it cannot be lifted over.
  3. LOCK YOUR BIKE in a well lit area with high foot traffic.
  4. MAKE SURE what you lock your bike to cannot be cut.
  5. LOCK ACCORDING TO VALUE frame first, then back wheel, and finally front wheel.
  6. GET A TIGHT FIT! The less room inside of the u-lock or chain, the more difficult it will be for thieves to use their tools.
  7. POSITION YOUR LOCK off the ground with the keyhole facing down.

VIDEOS – PROPER LOCK-UP – U-LOCK & CHAIN:

Different ways to safely lock a regular bicycle

FRAME ONLY U-LOCK OR CHAIN:

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’re able to capture in your lock-up. In this case the frame should be the priority of the lock-up.

Oddly shaped locking structures, the size of your lock, or the size of your bike, limits you in what you’re able to capture in your lock-up.
Oddly shaped locking structures, the size of your lock, or the size of your bike, limits you in what you’re able to capture in your lock-up.

In this case the frame should be the priority of the lock-up.
In this case the frame should be the priority of the lock-up.

 

FRAME AND REAR WHEEL U-LOCK OR CHAIN:

Much better than the Frame-Only Lock-Up, in this scenario you’re able to capture the frame, rear wheel, and the immovable object all within the lock.

This scenario is much better than the Frame-Only Lock-Up
This scenario is much better than the Frame-Only Lock-Up

Lock the frame and rear wheel together
Lock the frame and rear wheel together

To an immovable object all within the lock.
To an immovable object all within the lock.

 

FRAME, REAR, AND FRONT WHEEL U-LOCK AND CABLE:

This is a very popoular locking method which uses the u-lock to capture the frame, rear wheel, and immovable object, and the u-lock shackel also acts as an anchor for the double looped cable that captures the front wheel.

A very popular locking method which uses the u-lock to capture the frame, rear wheel, and immovable object.

And the u-lock shackel also acts as an anchor for the double looped cable that captures the front wheel.

FRAME REAR AND FRONT WHEEL TWO U-LOCK METHOD:

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.

A highly effective way to stop a thief.
A highly effective way to stop a thief.

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