Bike Security 101
Bike security is a common question and like picking up a good helmet is mandatory, a good lock is a must.
At the moment, the best that we have come across is a simple solid link-chain which can be picked up at any hardware store for around 300 bucks and a really good strong lock. Better than all the jazzy so-called locks that some companies try and push onto unsuspecting customers.
Locking your bike does not guarantee 100% security, its just to make it harder to foil a theft.
Some simple thumb rules can preventing some heart ache
- Always ALWAYS lock your bike. Be Paranoid.
- Always make sure the frame and the wheels are locked as shown below.
- Always lock the bike to something stationary. Check the stationary object, it might not be as strong as you think.
- Remove movable parts – cyclo-computers, expensive saddlebags, and lights can easily be slipped off and carried with you.
- It’s amazing how many folks have lost their bikes at home. Always lock your bike, even at home
- Don’t keep the bike locked in dark dingy places. It makes it much easier for thieves to work on the lock and steal the bike. Lock the bike in a fairly visible place.
- Try and change the place you lock the bike every day.
- Keep your Name and contact info on the bike – inside the seat post for example. If you lose your bike, it becomes much easier to prove that it’s yours.
Bike theft is still not a huge problem in India like some of the Western countries for example. Kryptonite, which manufactures some fantastic locks, has named quite a few of its Chain locks after New York, a city that is paranoid about locking its bikes.
[Update] Gautam had made a very sensible comment on this post asking for more India specific info. Where do folks lock their bikes in India ?
At the moment we dont have many bicycle parking in the country so it basically boils down to finding a strong stationary object like a lamp post or railing and securing your bicycle using a lock. At work I lock up my bike to a huge generator.
As long as you are not causing anyone any inconvenience it should be ok to secure your bike to some public property/item.
We do have groups in the country who are lobbying for bike amenities to get stuff like this to make life easier.
Interested? join us
Shucks. We're sorry this post was not that useful
How can we improve this post for you?
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT CYCLING
I love riding my bike. Whether it’s a simple commute, a high-intensity road race, a jaw-grinding brevet, fixie rides thru packed Indian city or a kick-ass technical single track – I love it all. Apart from riding bicycles, I love being all geeky and know everything there is to know about bicycles, technology, bike fit, and service.
I started BUMSONTHESADDLE to share this passion for cycling.
DISCIPLINE: Partial towards MOUNTAIN BIKING but love it all
CURRENT BIKE(S): Specialized Rockhopper, Specialized Tarmac, Pure Cycles Original
DREAM BIKE: S-Works Epic HT & S-Work Roubaix
OTHER PASSIONS: Technology, Photography, Baking, Travel, and Reading