The first ride I have learned to drive is the bike. I always have the affection for my bike even though there are many other precious things in my life. I can’t afford to lose my bike anyway and my instinct says many of us have the same kind of love for their bike. Therefore, we try to drive the bike everywhere and the losers get the chance to steal it. Today we will try to have a better look at ‘How to lock your bike safely’. Hope it will be a helpful one for you.
There are quite a few things that we need to make sure to keep our bike safe.
- Select A Perfect Lock
- Selecting The right place
- Making The Right Strategy
- Prepare Yourself Against Theft
- How To Recover If You Fail To Secure The Bike?
How To Lock Your Bike
Today’s bikes are way too different from the bikes that were available in the past. Now you can just pop off the wheel just in a nip. Before taking all the steps you have to make sure that your bike, accessories are safely stored before locking the bike. If the wheels are removable and you just don’t feel enough secured take the wheels off and carry to the destination where it’s possible. Carry a bag always for other accessories like bells, lights, a reflector to keep safe and within reach. It’s not like these things are needed to be taken off always it depends on the circumstances.
What comes to the mind first to protect the bike? Obviously the lock.
Select The Perfect Lock
There is really nothing that can save the bike if your bad luck is running. We now have strong locks and also the thieves know the techniques to beat all the technique. So, you need a fair bit of luck with the lock to make sure the bike is ok.
Types of available lock for the bikes
- Chain Lock
- Cable Lock
- Folding Lock
It’s a great kind of lock that has got the ability to resist bolt cutters though depends on the quality. It’s generally large in size and heavy. Many of the users also call it U lock. It has proven its efficiency against picking, drilling, and leverage attacks. Generally comes with a bracket to mount on a bike frame.
What is likable of this kind of lock? This kind of lock comes in all kinds of lock rating (gold, silver, and bronze). Pick the required one. Might get a bit annoying for its hefty size. Leave less space between the lock and the bike. Try to buy a tight fit one to avoid this problem.
The lock that is favored by most of the bike users. After my brother losing his cycle from hospital premises started to use heavy chain lock and now he is tension free most of the time. Heavy and large chain locks can be a hassle to carry, but you have to sacrifice a bit to make sure the bike is safe. Make sure that the chain is tied tight enough so that nobody finds a loop to cut it.
A simple lightweight tool for bikes security. Easy to carry with the bikes but you might not want anything that is an easy go for a thief. It depends on the area whether you should use this kind of lock or not. For a secured area, it can be a smart choice. If otherwise, you may need to regret. Most of the bikers keep both the chain and cable lock with them to assure the bike safety.
With the name, you can assume it’s a compact lock that is simple to carry with the bike. Lighter than chain and D-locks. Folding locks are not that much popular yet. Keep the joints closer to bike don’t let anybody to put anything in the free space. It’s enough strong lock, but when someone is determined to break something there is nothing can spare him.
Now, what are you thinking? Confused after learning about so many options? There is really nothing to worry. You should opt to a Sold Secure rated lock. Obviously, it will provide an inner peace. If you ask from me, I will vote for the chain lock.
Selecting The right place
When you are out to somewhere you need to choose the right place to park your bike. Try to park the bike in a crowded place. It helps, really! In a crowded place, it gets pretty tough to track someone special and that can work either way! It can be a solution for a short time.
If you need to park your bike for a long time, then you should find out a paid parking lot, it’s probably the best idea to avoid any issue. When you have a strong lock you can also afford to park with a strong bar on the pavement or on a cycle stand. So, it seems when you need to park your bike for a short time it becomes tricky. When you are in the office you can use the office parking lot to park the bike it should be secured. Always try to put your cycle before a CC camera, so that you can at least track if any issue arises.
Making The Right Strategy
Think you have gone to a movie and the theatre does allow to park your bike. What to do in that situation? As said earlier search for the paid parking lot, it will save you in many ways. If no paid parking then parks the bike in a cycle stand or with a bar where someone would hardly be able to assume that the user is out for a long break. Keep your locks ready for any situation. You have to think about bike safety, according to the circumstances.
Prepare Yourself Against Theft
In this matter technology can be the best solution. Add a GPS tracker with your bike and make sure the location can be viewed on your smartphone. Try to keep your bike simple and less appealing to others. You can leave a special mark and register your bike in a database for added safety.
How To Recover If You Fail To Secure The Bike?
There are really a few things you can do if after taking all the precautions the bike is gone. Firstly, you should inform the nearest local police. In that situation, they are the one who can really help. Ask for CCTV footage and show the necessary bike information to make sure you are the real owner. If GPS installed, try to track and give the information to the police they will surely be able to get rid of tension.
Locking the bike is simple you don’t need to really teach anybody how to lock your bike. What you need is to aware them of the situation and make sure they are taking full advantage of the resources. It would be intelligent to go for the paid parking always but if you fail to manage a paid parking then brace your cycle with the best lock and strong immovable stands.