The owner of this Schwinn bicycle took a bit of care before locking it up for the last time ever. Note the $50 Kryptonite Evolution Mini (quite fashionable, non?) avec cable for the wheels – that’s a perfectly cromulent way of a locking a bike on the mean streets of San Francisco. (A lesser lock would have succumbed like this.)
But the owner might have dared to leave it overnight, when the freaks come out.
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The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has some thoughts on the issue of protecting your bike. Check it out, after the jump.
Unfortunately, bicycles are very easy to steal because they make the perfect getaway vehicle. Understanding the most common types of theft can help you protect your bike and lock it with confidence.
Type of Theft and What You Can Do
Where thieves can take their time sawing through locks
Store your most valued bicycle inside your home, not your garage. If you must store your bike in a garage, use a high-quality U-lock or motorcycle lock and lock your bike to something. In commercial garages, park within sight of an attendant.
A cable lock is not enough!
Cable locks are just too easy to cut
Always lock your frame with a high quality U-lock or a heavy NYC Chain and secure your wheels. Get rid of any U-lock with a round barrel key. These locks can be broken into easily by an experienced thief.
Improperly locked bicycle
Find an appropriate fixed object to lock your bike to.
Don’t lock your bike to a pole or post that is loose in the ground. Theives may have loosened it themselves.
Theft of bike parts
Such as lights, wheels, seats, seat posts
Protect your bike by registering it.
While registering your bike won’t keep it from being stolen, it greatly aids in its return to you if it is recovered by the police. The police will not give you back your bike unless they have proof that it belongs to you. In addition, it helps the police identify and locate the proper owner. Options include the National Bike Registry