Category Archives: Locks

Avoid bicycle thefts

How can I avoid bike thefts? There are several points you can do:

  • Always use good bike locks when locking it. For instance, follow the advices here and here

  • Lock your bike to solid, robust objects.

  • Lock your bike in place of passages. This way someone can see a theft and call the police or at least threaten him to do it.

  • If you can, select strategist places to lock your bicycle near such as police stations.

  • Do not let your bike rest at night under the stars, better allow it to do it indoor.

  • Perhaps use a psychological trick like this one

  • Never buy a bicycle without receipt. If you do not follow this advice, you are probably supporting bike thieves and the black market.

  • If you can, do not legally buy a colorful bike since this fact attract people eyes including the thieves ones.

  • Decorate your bike with an anti theft sticker. Not sure if this would stop a theft, but at least it can make you laugh:

What if I only have one locker

I have talked about how to lock the bicycle up in past posts. We all know how to do it rightly. Now, suppose you forget taking one locker, so that you ride happily your bike with only one locker. You realize it when you get your final location. But then you hesitate letting your bike on the street or going back to your start point as you do not want to lose your precious partner. There is one possibility of not returning and locking up your bike on the street. We will need an adjustable wrench or a front wheel with quick release mechanism for such a task. First, we find a proper object to lock it up. Second, we dismantle the front wheel. Third, we use our unique locker to lock up the rear wheel with the frame plus the front wheel. I know it sounds crazy, but it can be done. Just look carefully at the next picture. Finally, take into account that it is better to lock up your bike with one locker if you use the strongest one and put your bicycle face up (unlikely to the bike in the photo).

How not to lock your bike up

There are lots of ways of locking your bike up and the three essential parts you have to take into account consist in the wheels and the frame. The seat is also important if your bicycle has an easy-to-remove seat post. I am sure you have seen several examples of bikes which lack of a wheel and here I am going to show you extreme examples of harmed ones.

In this picture, the thief has stolen both the seat and the front wheel. This was done because the pad only locked up the frame. If the thief would had wanted to stole almost the entire bicycle, he could have done so.

Going a step further, in this photo the yellow bike’s owner locked it wrongly. He only secured the rear wheel and the frame, allowing the thief to steal the front wheel, the seat and the handlebars, not to mention the apparent low-quality bicycle lock.

Although it could sound a little alarming, having good bike locks and knowing how to use them properly are about to save your bike from thieves.