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How to Prevent Bike Theft

Don’t play Russian roulette when it comes to your wheels. Keep your bike secure with these precautions.


  • Step 1: Leave your bike in an open area with lots of pedestrian traffic.
  • Step 2: Secure your bike to a fixed object, such as a bike rack that is bolted to the ground.
  • Step 3: Lock your bike using the U-shaped lock to secure the frame of your bike to the rack.
  • TIP: Place the lock mechanism face-down so it is not easily accessible.
  • Step 4: Run a cable or chain lock through both tires and the frame of your bike, securing it to the rack.
  • Step 5: Engrave your name, or paint a swatch of color, onto the frame of your bike to make it easily identifiable as your property.
  • Step 6: Register your bike with your local police department and with the National Bike Registry.
  • Step 7: Remember to secure your bike at home as well, since many bikes thefts occur on personal property.
  • FACT: The first bicycle was made in France in the early 19th century out of wood and was driven by pushing one’s feet off the ground.

You Will Need

  • A bike
  • A fixed object
  • such as a bike rack
  • A U-shaped bike lock
  • A cable or chain lock
  • A personal identifier

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