Bike locking for dummies

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If you’re anything like us, your bike is your baby. Whether you use it for racing, exercise, leisurely riding, or your daily commute, your bike has a special place in your heart and it’s important for you to keep it safe. Believe it or not, there is a distinct method to locking your bike that will keep it much safer than any alternative, so read up before making a costly mistake.


One’s not enough. Many bikers think using a U-Lock around the frame of their bike is sufficient; but unfortunately, this will likely leave them with two missing wheels upon return. It’s becoming more and more common for thieves to leave the frame and effortlessly steal the valuable wheels to re-sell.


Avoid this by capturing the frame, rear wheel, and locking post all within a strong U-lock. This will deter most thieves from messing with your bike at all, but to be extra cautious, we suggest also locking up your front wheel.


To lock your front wheel, you can use a second U-Lock. Or if you want to avoid too much weight to lug around, use a strong double looped cable, wrap it around the front wheel and secure it to the U-Lock at the back of the bike, which is now acting as an anchor for your cable.


Use a good lock. Don’t use an old, weak, unreliable lock when securing your bike. Your lock is the first line of defense against thieves, so it needs to be well made. Smart locks like Noke, have an additional layer of security with apps that let you view where, when, and by whom your bike lock is accessed. The Noke U-Lock even has an alarm that will sound if someone tampers with your bike, sending any would-be intruder running.


Location location location. Be smart about where you lock up your bike. Choose an area that’s well lit, busy, and relatively safe. If you ride your bike to the train that takes you to work, park your bike a block or two away from the train station, so thieves don’t know you’ll be away from your bike all day.


If you don’t know the neighborhood well, consider talking to a local bike shop. The staff should be able to tell you where/where not to safely lock up your bike.


Make your mark. Most thieves steal bikes to sell them after, so marking your bike in a distinctive way might deter them from trying. If they do get away with your bike, having it marked will make it easier to identify if you or the police are able to track it down. Registering it in the NBR is always a good idea too. It only takes a few minutes and will make your bike harder to sell and easier to recover.

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