How to Lock Your Bike

Riding your bike is great exercise and is environmentally friendly. Lock your bike securely to deter thieves from attempting to steal it.

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Every avid cyclist should know how to fix his bike; learn the basics in this video series.

You Will Need

  • A narrow, case-hardened U-lock
  • A parking meter or bike rack
  • Your bike owner's manual (optional)
  • A second U-lock (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Buy a secure lock

    Buy a lock that cannot be easily snipped with a bolt-cutter or sawed off with a hacksaw. Choose a narrow, case-hardened U-lock.

  2. A narrow lock makes it harder for thieves to use their tools to break the lock.

  3. Step 2

    Lock in secure area

    Lock your bike in a well-lit area and near other bikes.

  4. Step 3

    Take off the front wheel]

    Remove the front wheel and place it next to the back wheel and the bike's frame.

  5. Read your bike's manual to learn how to correctly remove your front wheel.

  6. Step 4

    Lock your bike

    Place a U-lock around the front wheel, back wheel, and frame, and then secure them to a heavy object, such as a parking meter or permanent bike rack that is stuck to the ground.

  7. Step 5

    Position lock

    Position the lock with the keyhole facing the ground

  8. Step 6

    Double up

    Use a second lock for added security.

  9. More bikes are stolen from a person’s home than any other location.

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