You have a nice bike, and you intend to keep it! Follow these helpful tips to deter thieves and secure your steed.
Lock in a busy, well-lit place. Foot traffic and security cameras are additional deterrents to thieves. There is safety in numbers: lock up in places with many bikes. There will be others with poor locking technique, and thieves are mostly opportunists that will take easy targets.
Avoid locking where it is obvious you will be gone for long. For example, avoid locking in front of a movie theater and walking right in, instead lock in front of the cafe down the block.
Always look for well-anchored bike racks, poles or solid metal fences that allow you to lock your frame. Avoid locking to chain link fences, poorly secured poles, or poles without a top where the lock can be lifted over and off.
Cables should only be used as a secondary deterrent to secure wheels and accessories, as they are easily cut with smaller hand tools.
Just locking the frame to the bar is acceptable for short periods of time in low risk areas.
If You'll be gone for a longer period of time, or just like to be cautious, loop a cable through both wheels and then use a U-lock or Link lock to lock frame to the bar.
Wrap the Link lock around the battery and the frame.
With the link lock around the battery and rack, include the front wheel with a cable.
Definitely do not do this with quick release tires under any circumstances !
Use a cable to lock the back wheel onto the frame and a U-Lock or Link Lock to include the front wheel and frame.
Slip the cable through the holes in the helmet to secure it.
If you live in a high-risk area or just want to play it safe, lock your bike to itself in your garage. You can even purchase lock anchors that mount into concrete to lock your bike in the garage. Also, consider bringing the bike in the house (folding bikes are great for small spaces).
Avoid leaving your bike in the yard/on the porch. With or without a lock, someone could swipe it as it is predictably in the same place.
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