How to Lock Up Your Bike Safely
1. Always lock your bike when it is unattended, even if you are indoors or only leaving it for a minute. Most stolen bikes are not locked up.
2. Always lock your bike to a solid object and double check to make sure your lock is closed.
3. Use a U-Lock, Hardened Steel Chain Lock or a Folding Lock, which are stronger and harder to break than cables and chains.
4. Lock up in a visible location. Thieves don't like to operate where they can be seen.
5. Do not leave anything on your bike that can be easily removed. For bicycles with quick-release wheels, lock both wheels and the frame to the rack. Remove easily detached items, such as packs, pumps, lights, and clip on fenders before leaving a bicycle unattended.
To ensure your bike is safe, lock your bike frame and both wheels. You can do this multiple ways:
Citations for page:
- City of Milwaukee photo
- www.pedbikeimages.org / Dan Burden
- www.pixabay.com/MabelAmber / CC0 Creative Commons
- Spiral Bike Rack by Andrew Napier, flickr.com, CC BY 2.0
- Proper Bike Locking Quick Release by David Pena, flickr.com, CC BY 2.0
- Cyclists/LAPD Task Force, Nov. 2010, http://assets.lapdonline.org/assets/pdf/LAPD_BICYCLE_THEFT_ALERT.pdf