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How to lock up your bike securely
No matter how basic or flash your bike is, there is nothing worse than finding it’s been taken from where you parked it. Here are our tips on deterring would-be bike thieves.
Managing the risk of bike theft has three aspects: avoidance, protection and recovery. None of these aspects can be made failsafe, but all can be managed.
While bike theft is difficult to combat, you can reduce the chances by securing your bike with a good quality d-lock. D-locks offer the best protection as they are secure, virtually unbreakable and simple to use.
Cost is an excellent indicator of quality when it comes to a good bike lock. Our advice is to buy the best d-lock you can afford.
Look for locks that are made from double, or triple heated, hardened steel which will offer a deterrent for opportunistic bike thieves.
You may also want to consider combining a secure D-lock with an additional sturdy chain or reinforced cable lock for the wheels.
The best way to protect your bike from being stolen is to use high quality locks. Bicycle Network recommends this whether your bike is left in a public place, or even on your porch at home. We know it’s not always convenient to carry two locks, but if you are able to we do it recommend it, so have included instructions on how to use two locks.
This instructional video shows you how to safely lock up your bike to a freestanding hoop in a public place. It has been filmed at a railway station because they are one of the most common places for bike theft.
For the most secure option at railway stations, we recommend using a Parkiteer cage if there is one available.