You may have just done a double-take on the title of this blog post.
Wait a second, is this The Road to Domestication? Secure your BIKE? What in the world?!
Don’t go anywhere, it’s me, it’s me! But yes, it IS a post about bikes. And here’s why:
Within the past month, the hubby and I have both been advised by our doctors to make some changes to our lifestyle. No, no one is dying or extraordinarily ill, no worries. We are just both experiencing a case of sit-at-a-desk-all-day-and-we’re-not-as-young-as-we-used-t0-be. Anyone else ever got that? It’s not much fun!
So we’re making some changes, and one of the things we’re doing is: we’re getting bikes!
Our neighborhood is a great one, and even better, there are great neighborhoods all up and down the main road we live off of…all connected by sidewalks. We’ve been wanting to get into riding for a while now, so this is the perfect time to make some good changes to our health and take up a new fun active activity! (Yes, we’re starting off easy – no mountain biking…yet!)
So I had to laugh when Chrysty from Tesco contacted me and asked if I was interested in publishing her post about “securing your bike”. Of course I was! After all, if we’re getting bikes, it’s a good idea to know how to keep them from getting stolen! So this is a little bit different, but, hey: the healthier you are, the more domestic you can be, right?!
So, without further ado…
Along with being a marvelous form of exercise, cycling can reduce our dependence on petrol-powered vehicles and give families the chance to spend quality time together. Unfortunately, though, there are unscrupulous characters out there who will steal your bike if you leave it lying around unsecured. Even if you’re just going for a casual ride in the park or into town to do a bit of shopping, some will stop at nothing to seize your prized pedal-powered bicycle.
So, with this in mind, here is a quick look at how to secure your bike.
Before you go out for a bike ride, you should do the following things to prepare for the worst-case scenario and improve overall security.
Mark your bike — Thieves will be put off by an easily identifiable bike, so write your name on the top tube and cover it with tape. This will be annoying to remove and robbers won’t want to bother: they’ll want to make a quick sale.
Take some pictures — Your bike will probably have a serial number, so write this on a piece of paper and take a photograph of it next to the bike. If it does get stolen, this will help with the identification process too.
INVESTING IN SECURITY
As you’ve probably guessed, the best way to secure your bike is with a lock. There are various different bike locks available and a lot will depend on your budget. However, the following advice could be invaluable.
Use two locks — Since bike locks are quite inexpensive, you might as well buy two rather than one to bolster security. By securing the front wheel to the frame and the back wheel and frame to an immovable object, your bike will be all but theft proof.
Buy two types of lock — Note that no lock is completely unbreakable, but with two different types the challenge of stealing becomes much harder. So, buy a strong and sturdy U-lock (D-lock) as well as a flexible yet lightweight cable or chain lock.
WHERE TO LOCK YOUR BIKE
Sometimes your choice of locking location will be a little limited, but taking the time to find an appropriate place to secure your bike can make a lot of difference.
Choose a well-lit, populated area — The more things that put off a thief, such as well-lit areas, CCTV cameras and lots of people, the better. If there are lots of other bikes being locked up too, it’s fairly safe to assume the location is safe.
Choose a solid, immovable object — Make sure your bike cannot be lifted over the object you’ve locked it to, as some thieves have been known to saw off signposts. Keep the lock away from the ground as well to prevent robbers from smashing it to bits with a hammer.
There’s no sure fire way to prevent bike theft. However, you can use various preventative measures and make it as difficult as possible for thieves, which should keep your bike safe and sound.
Thanks, Chrysty! Such an informative post!
Do YOU have a bike that you ride regularly? What was the last thing you did to improve the health of your family overall? I’d love to hear about it!
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