Keep your bike safe
Always consider doing the following to your new electric bike to protect and recover your property.
How to Lock Your Bike
1. Find something sturdy to lock the bike to. Make sure thieves can’t simply lift the bike over it.
2. Watch out for scaffolding and “sucker poles”—shake them first to ensure they’re solidly in the ground. As Kryptonite product manager Don Warren puts it, “The bike is only as secure as what you’re locking it to.”
3. Wheel theft is on the rise. If you can’t lock one of yours, take it with you. But don’t park the bike that way long—thieves will start to strip it.
4. Don’t use a U-lock around your bike’s top tube, says Michael McGettigan, owner of Trophy Bikes in Philadelphia. A thief could use the frame as a lever to pop it open. Use the lock to secure a wheel to your down tube.
5. Locks are about buying time. A burly chain at least 12mm thick will delay thieves the longest.
6. Remove the front wheel, then lock both wheels together with the frame, bike mechanic and lock expert Hal Ruzal suggests.
Booby Trap Your Bike to Thwart Bike Thieves
Bike Theft Prevention
1. Mark your bike. “A thief’s big concern is, ‘Can I sell this bike in 30 minutes?’” McGettigan says. “Thieves don’t want one that’s easily identifiable.” Write your initials at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock on each tire with a Sharpie. Or pen your name on the top tube and cover it with layers of clear packing tape. A thief can remove it with some effort, but it probably won’t be worth the hassle.
2. Take a mug shot. Write your bike’s serial number in marker on paper and have someone photograph you displaying it next to your bike. Also take shots of identifying details and keep them stored in your phone. There’s no theft without proof of ownership. Have yours ready.
3. Buy new locks. That Craigslist find might be a bargain, but it could be compromised or outdated. Kryptonite will guarantee your lock and value of the bike for the first year when you register your new lock
Where to Lock Your Bike
1. Know your neighborhood. Talk to a local Bike shop The staff should be well versed on the amount of theft occurring in the neighborhood and may have some targeted advice about where (or where not) to lock up. Or check with a local advocacy organization.
2. Steer Clear. Avoid stoops where people hang out on milk crates, McGettigan says—loiterers may tip off thieves. Don’t lock at train stations; park a block away so no one will think you’re gone all day. Best case: well-lit areas with foot traffic, near buildings with video surveillance.
3. Still Want More? Go on the record. On Bike Shepherd, you can enter your bike’s serial number into a national database and buy three scannable, tamper-resistant QR stickers for the frame. The idea is to make a would-be thief wonder if selling the bike will pose a hassle. BikeSpike uses GPS to locate your bike—and cell tech to share that location in real time.