How to Lock a Bike on a Bike Rack

How to Lock a Bike on a Bike Rack
It's important to lock up your bike so that it won't be stolen. Lock it up right and you'll make the bike so difficult to steal that potential criminals will move on to easier targets.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Check the bike rack before locking your bike to it. The rack should be anchored in the cement or otherwise secured. If the rack is not secured, it may be possible for a thief to walk away with your bike, rack and all. When possible, opt for a rack that's in a well-lit, well-traveled area with other bikes on it or nearby.
Step 2
Remove the front wheel. Most locks won't effectively secure both wheels and the frame, so removing the wheel will enable you to lock it. Alternately, use a second lock to secure the front wheel to the frame.
Step 3
Secure your lock around the free front wheel, back wheel and frame of the bike. Position the lock so the bike fills up as much space inside it as possible--this will make it more difficult for to pry at the lock.
Step 4
Secure the lock. Give a quick tug to ensure it is locked. Position the lock mechanism to minimize exposure, and keep the key hole pointed down so that thieves will have difficulty trying to tamper with it.
Step 5
Check the bike for any loose valuables. Your bike might be secure, but loose pieces like your seat, saddle bag, bike computer and light could still be stolen. Secure these or take them with you.

Tips & Warnings

Lock your bike in different areas during the week/month, so that thieves don't have time and opportunity to figure out how to steal it.
Register your bike with the National Bike Registry to make it easier to recover should it get stolen.
Carefully assess the structure that you're locking the bike to and make sure that it's not easy to cut, knock over, pull out or otherwise tamper with to remove the bike lock.

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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