In some instances, it is unfortunate that “where there is a will, there is a way”. A example of this unfortunate slant on the saying is when it is applied to a bicycle thief stealing your bicycle. Unfortunate as it may be, it remains a reality. All we Innocents can do is to focus on complicating the process so much so, that Scumbag decides to move on to the next prospect.
When it comes to bike locks, you get what you pay for. Cheap locks generally mean cheap security. There is the recommended 10% rule – which states, that you should invest 10% of your bike’s value on a bike lock. Though there are several styles of locks available, many professional lock testers lean consistently towards U-locks and/or chain locks.
U-Locks (D-Locks): It’s important to select the right size for your bike. You need to be able to lock your bike to something secure, yet minimize a thief’s LEVERAGE potential (think bodyweight & crowbar).
Chain Locks: These locks have tough links designed to stop leveraging and resist hacksaws and chisels. They can be heavy and bulky but are considered a good deterrent.
*The best scenario is to consider two U-locks, or a U-lock and a chain lock. Most U-locks will fit your bikes frame and rear wheel. A second lock will protect your front wheel.
Look for: Locks made with tough materials capable of weathering the elements. Locks that are light enough to transport or that come with easy-to-use mounting bracket. Locks with manufacturer’s ratings & antitheft protection plan.
Wheel/Seat Skewers: Anti-theft skewer sets allow you to disable your quick release wheels & seat post to ones that require a special wrench to open. This is a great deterrent to bike thieves, but you need to remember to cycle with the magic tool in case you get a flat.
Maintenance: remember to inspect your lock regularly and use a good water repellent if needed (WD40) eg: once every two months – the last thing you want is for your lock to seize, especially with your bicycle attached to it.
Try to lock your bicycle in a well-lit area, with as much foot traffic in the area as possible – preferably where there are other bicycles. Do not lock your bicycle to a chain-link fence (think wire cutters). Be sure to remove any items from the bike that can be easily ripped off. Lights, gps, odometers. Be sure to remember your combination or key for the lock.
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