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How to Lock your Bike in a City

How to Lock a Bike

Traveling by bike is a great way to get around in a city. You are free to explore areas you wouldn’t normally stop if you were in a car and there are usually great bike paths, greenways, and bike lanes to use to get around. But what happens when you want to stop and go inside a shop or restaurant? Leaving your bike unattended is always risky, especially in a big city like Washington, DC or New York City. Luckily, I got some really good tips on how to lock a bike from my friends at The Bike Rack in DC, so I will feel confident my bike safe and secure when I’m not around.

Here is what I’ve learned, I hope it helps you, too!

How to Lock a bike

Katie’s Tips for Keeping your Bike Safe in a City:

  • Get a good lock (Any of the Kryptonite Fahgettaboudit or Abus locks are both great). Cable locks are just not enough to deter criminals from stealing your beloved bike.
  • Pinheads locks are also an awesome investment if you are planning on spending a bit of time in an urban environment. They are locking skewers for your wheels and seat post that you need a special key to unlock. You don’t want to be stuck in the middle of the city after someone walks off with your wheels and saddle!
  • Lock your frame to something that cannot be cut or moved! Also make sure someone can’t lift your bike (lock and all) off of the object.
  • If you don’t have Pinheads, weave a cable lock through your wheels and attach it to an immovable object and/or your other lock. Still use a good U-lock or Link lock for your frame. You will also need to remove your saddle and take it with you.
  • Remove any accessories such as lights, panniers, phone, GPS and Go Pro.
  • Always try to lock your bike up in an area with plenty of light and people. Thieves are less likely to prey on your bike if it’s out in the open.
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