How to Change a Number on a Bike Combination Lock

How to Change a Number on a Bike Combination Lock
Each year there are approximately 1.5 million bikes stolen in the United States. There are many things a bike owner can do to avoid becoming a victim of bicycle theft, including changing his or her lock combination from time to time. This will reduce the possibility of someone else knowing your combination, then using the knowledge to steal your bike. Changing your combination also will reduce the amount of wear on certain numbers. To a thief, worn numbers on a lock are an indication of frequent use and therefore the likely combination to the lock.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Unlock your bike lock using your current combination, and separate the cable from the lock housing.
Step 2
Flip the reset lever on the end of the lock housing up 180 degrees until it is flat against the head of the lock. Other locks may have a small red button. Depress this button to reset the combination.
Step 3
Set your new combination.
Step 4
Flip the lever back down 180 degrees or press the black button to release the first button. Make sure none of your number dials move during this process.
Step 5
Insert the cable back into the lock housing, once again verifying that your dials are set to your chosen combination. Once you scramble your dials, the combination is set.
Step 6
Scramble the dials.

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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