Locks & Security

security 1We will look at the best ways to lock your bike, where and where not to lock your bike and what measures to take to give you a better chance of recovering it in the event of theft such as registration and marking. Remember: it is essential that you have a good lock for your bicycle, and that you never leave it unlocked in a public place. Leaving your bicycle unattended even for a minute may mean it will be gone when you return.

Whatever lock you use you must make sure that it is secured to a firm ‘anchor.’  A specific cycle stand is usually the best bet as they are secured into the ground.  Do not rely on sign posts as the bike and lock can be lifted off the top of the post!

Never chain your bike to any warning signs or places where you may block an entrance.  You may just be preventing people escaping in an emergency.

Lock types.

security 2This picture shows a simple cable lock that is operated by a key.  The best way to use this type of lock is through the frame of your bike.  If it is long enough you should also pass it through your wheels, especially if you use quick release wheel closures.

security 3This photograph shows a simple combination lock.  You do not have to remember your key but you do have to remember your combination!

security 4A heavy weight chain and padlock may be a good option but they tend to be very heavy to carry.

security 5This is a high security armoured cable.

security 6This is pretty much an ideal way of locking your bike.  The ‘U’ lock is secured using the frame of the bike and rear wheel.  An additional cable threads through the frame and secures your front wheel.

Whichever type of lock you use make sure that all parts of your bike are protected.  Remove any items such as lights that can be stolen and make sure that both wheels are secured.