• How to Not Get Your Bike Stolen

    by  • January 10, 2012 • Bike Parking, Education • 2 Comments


    Cross-posted from the Santa Barbara Independent –

    Great article, including an analysis of the different lock types and qualities.

    By Howard Booth | I’ve only had one bike stolen. My fault – I didn’t lock it. Erika, a few months ago, wrote about her stolen bike and its happy ending. The only happy ending in my story was that the insurance company paid for a shiny new bike.

    Erika briefly touched on the topic of locks. I want to delve deeper into the importance of choosing the right tool for the job and, equally important, how to properly lock your bike. If you believe that you can avoid bad things, like having your favorite bike stolen, by not thinking about them, reflect again on the scene in Ghostbusters when the Stay Puft marshmallow man appears.

    Let’s start with some basic street smarts. For example, if you chose to ride your fancy $3,000 carbon-fiber road bike and park it for eight hours while you’re in class or at work – it’s likely to be a target of thieves even with the best U-lock or chain. If you’ll be leaving your bike for long periods of time, invest in an inexpensive bike that you can feel comfortable leaving all day. Sometimes it’s obvious where you shouldn’t park.  [Full article …]

    2 Responses to How to Not Get Your Bike Stolen

    1. Mike Fink
      January 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      Speaking of stolen bikes, if you live around the city of Wilmington and see a red Surly Long Haul Trucker, front and rear racks, anatomica saddle, that belongs to me. It was stolen off of my car rack last night :(

      I called around to all the pawn and bike shops so hopefully it turns up.

    2. Frank Warnock
      January 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      I am so sorry to hear this, Mike. You must be devastated – I know I would be.

      What do you think of this idea, assuming the homing device is small enough for us to hide? http://www.biketrac.co.uk/

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