You love your bike. It’s your transport, fitness, recreation and fun all rolled into one. Long gone are the days of old, when you could leave your bicycle unlocked and unattended outside whichever place you happen to have stopped for the time being. A customer survey published by Kryptonite found that 82% of stolen bikes weren’t locked at the time, so even if you store it in your garage, lock it up tight.
A sad yet familiar sight at bike racks the world over is a single, solitary wheel, locked to a bike rack, with no bike left in sight.
Equally prevalent is a bike without a saddle, or missing one or both wheels. There are no absolutes in this world, though there are a few things you can do to ensure that your bike is ready and waiting, whole and complete, ready to go whenever you want to continue your day’s journey.
The first rule of thumb is to ensure that your frame is locked to a sturdy rack, or to something equally secure. Don’t lock it to a chain link fence, because the fence is easy to cut, and don’t lock it to a small tree, either, or to a post that’s short enough that the bike could be lifted over the top of it.
Many bikes these days are sold with quick release skewers, and while they make it a simple affair to change a tire on the fly, they also make it simple for thieves to walk away with your prized components.
So think about switching to security skewers first of all. If you still want quick release skewers, you’ll want to lock your wheel and your frame to the rack, and you might want to use an extra cable, too, to ensure that the second tire stays put. But that’s the only place for a cable lock. They aren’t a great choice for your primary lock, because they are too easy to cut through with a good set of bolt cutters.
You’ll always have your lock on hand if it’s mounted to your bike. Just keep it oiled regularly so that it’s always in good working condition, and you’ll never have cause for concern. It’s not rocket science, but it’s easy enough to forget to do it right. Lock it up tight, and your bike should always be right where you left it.