How to Lock a Bicycle

How to Lock a Bicycle
Investing in a good bike lock might be some of the smartest money you spend. With an estimated 1.5 million bikes stolen every year, according to National Bike Registry, and most bikes averaging several hundred dollars in price, it's folly to own a bike and not a good bike lock. Once you've purchased a good lock, it's equally important to know how to use it. The simple presence of a bike lock is no guarantee against theft. Locking the bike properly, however, is an almost surefire way to keep your bike safe and out of the hands of thieves.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Push the front wheel of your bicycle into a slot in the bike rack. For a thief the front wheel is the easiest wheel to remove, so securing it in the bike rack keeps it safe. A rear wheel, on the other hand, is virtually impossible to steal without proper tools and a lot of time.
Step 2
Pass one end of the lock behind the head tube of the frame. The lock should pass not only behind the head tube but between the top and down tubes as well. These tubes comprise a portion of your frame and form a secure triangle.
Step 3
Continue to pass the lock through spokes of the front wheel. This will help keep the front wheel secure.
Step 4
Join the two ends of the lock around an enclosed portion of the bike rack. Using an enclosed portion of a rack precludes the possibility of a thief simply sliding your lock off the rack and making off with your bike.
Step 5
Lock the two ends. Pull at the lock to make sure that it is indeed locked. For combination locks, scramble the combination.

Tips & Warnings

Be extra careful when using combination locks. Not only should you scramble the lock after use, but the lock should be replaced altogether if your specific combination numbers become worn from use. Thieves look for these worn numbers on combination locks.

Article Written By Matthew Ferguson

Matthew Ferguson is a writer living in Savannah, Ga. He has been writing for over 10 years and his work has appeared on various online publications. A collection of his short stories was published in spring 2010. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University.

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