Spring has sprung which means summer is only around the corner. With the arrival of warmer weather, we are ditching the vehicles and public transport in favor of our bicycles. Great for your body, the environment, and for thieves who want to make a buck by hocking your beautiful set of wheels. The National Bike Registry estimates that over 1.5 million bicycles are stolen annually. Don't let the thieves win, lock it up!
Kryptonite, a leading bike lock brand, has provided us with a set of basic rules for proper bike locking technique:
According to Kryptonite, the level of security of the lock depends on where you are securing it and how long you plan on leaving it there. There are U-Locks, U-Locks with a double looped cable, and mini-chain locks.
This seems pretty obvious, but it happens constantly. You pass by bikes chained to signs, poles, or even fences that only require minimal effort to simply lift the bike and lock over to free it. Take the extra second and look for a secure bike rack or pole that will ensure your investment will be there waiting for you when you return.
Another seemingly obvious step, but again, make sure that there are working street lights in your immediate vicinity. This isn't just for your bike's sake, it's a good rule to practice in general. Also, the more people around, the less likely someone is to take something that doesn't belong to them.
Chain link, young trees, anything plastic or rusty… don't lock your bike to them. Simple enough. You want to ensure that your high-quality lock can do its job by locking it to something secure.
Your frame is the most expensive part of your bike, always ensure that is locked up. Next is your rear wheel, followed by your front wheel. If you are going to be leaving the bike for a while, lock them all up.
This will ensure that it will be incredibly difficult to fit tools of the trade like bolt cutters or saws in between the lock and the frame. The less room, the less likely they can successfully cut the locks.
Having the lock off the ground will ensure that thieves cannot just simply bash the lock on the ground to open it. Though, a quality lock, like those we offer, will not be susceptible to this. Also, having the keyhole facing the ground will deter thieves from using tools or implements in the keyhole in order to pop it open.
Another big player in the bike lock market is Abus, whose locks are made in Germany. They have provided some short videos on basic bike security and tips on how to choose the right lock for your bike:
All in all, ensure that you take a few extra moments to be aware of your surroundings when locking up your bike, use proper locking methods, and good equipment, and you will deter most thieves from taking your bicycle. Take a look at our selection of high-quality locks and make sure that you keep your wheels!
The government requires drivers to keep license plates on their vehicles to protect public and private safety. Commuters are opting to ride bicycles over driving cars for any number of positive lifestyle benefits, but cyclists trade off the safety afforded to drivers.
License plates are not required by law for bicycles in most areas, but there are various benefits to implementing this measure to protect cyclists in reckless riding behavior. Several American states have attempted bicycle license plate systems on a provisional basis, as documented.
Whether you are a leisurely bike rider or consider more of a passion, all riders should be in the habit of regularly cleaning their bike. Simply put, a clean bike looks betters, operates better, and will last longer.
Even if you are using your bike just to cruise to the beach or around town, Bicycling.com recommends, "Cleaning your road bike monthly (or every 20 to 25 rides) and a mountain or 'cross bike more often". So, while it may be easier just to put your bike back in the garage after a few rides, making an effort to wash your bike monthly (even if it doesn't look dirty) can really help extend the life of your bike and help with day to day operation of the bike!