Some helpful tips from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition on the best way to lock your bike:
Proper locking is the first defense against bike theft. Always use a hardened-steel U-Lock as your primary lock. Cable locks and cheap U-Locks can easily be cut. Secure your wheels with locking skewers (best) or cable around both wheels. Lock the U-Lock to the bike frame (never just the wheels) and to a secure rack or pole. Allow for as little space within the lock as possible; loose locks can be more easily broken open.
How to Lock Your Bike
- Get a hardened steel U-lock.
- Replace your quick releases on your wheels and seat post with a set of locking skewers. Anything easy to remove is a target for theft.
- Find a secure rack or pole to lock your bike to, nothing that can be easily ripped out of the ground.
- Attach the hardened steel U-lock to the rack through the rear triangle of your bike and the rim of the rear wheel. Don’t just lock the bike through your wheel.
- For added security, attached a secondary lock through your front wheel.
- Last, register your bike for free with Bike Index, the most widely used open bicycle registration site in the world. In the unfortunate event that your bike is stolen, you can harness the power of the Bike Index network to help get it back. Registering with Bike Index ensures that law enforcement, bike shops, individuals, and everyone in between has the information they need to help reunite you with your bike.
Plus, when you lock up your bike and wheels, you’re also locking up your Revolights! Preventing thievery was an important consideration during the design phase. Because Revolights consist of a solid-ring body welded together during fabrication, the wheel must be removed from the bike in order to remove the Revolights.
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