We have already covered this topic of “best way to lock a bike” before.
However, I think its worth re-visiting the topic, especially we got new tips that we haven’t covered before.
So, before you feel completely safe with your bike u-lock, here are a few tips to make your bike even safer.
Number One Rule!
Okay, before we go to the specific bike security tips, there is one rule that you should know…
The safest place for your bike is in between your legs! Given enough time, any bike lock can be cracked. It’s important that you get this principle first and foremost.
This principle also means that any form of bike security is just a means of delaying the thief. Hopefully, you can get back to your bike before a thief figures out how to break your lock.
Also, for a most seasoned bikers, the U-lock is the go-to bike lock.
Be Careful Of Crowded Bike Racks
The problem with crowded bike racks is it offers a good cover for thieves. They can simply walk to the bikes confidently because they know that the people around assumes that he/she owns one of those bikes.
A smart bike thief is very cautious if there are a few bikes on the bike rack. This is because there’s a possibility that the people nearby knows who owns the bikes.
Hence, it’s safer to lock your bike on a bike rack with few bikes locked into it. If the bike rack is in the middle of a crowded place, that’s even better.
Know Where To Lock-Up
When locking up, you would want to avoid places that suggest that you will be separated from your for quite some time; like train stations, schools, museums or movie theaters.
The best places to lock-up are places that suggest a quick visit like convenient stores and coffee shops. If you have the choice, park in front of a customer-filled coffee shop or restaurant, especially if the coffee shop or restaurant has a glass that allows the customers to see the bike rack or the place you want to lock-up.
Rotate Your Bike Parking Spots
Rotate where you lock-up your bike. There are smart bike thieves out there that stalk a bike rack and observe the patterns of the owners.
In time, they can estimate who are the regulars and how long they will be away from their bikes.
Avoid becoming a victim by rotating your locking spots. This makes it harder for bike thieves to “recognize” you and how long will you be gone.