Lock it or lose it
Most bike thefts happen in just a few seconds, when thieves target unlocked cycles, or those with just a puny lock.
Never leave your bike unlocked outside, even for a minute or two. It’s just not worth the risk when it comes to your precious bike.
Cable locks are understandably popular as they are light and you can use them to lock up to fairly large objects.
You can get some very strong cable locks, but the most secure ones are often even heavier than a D lock of similar strength.
A strong D lock is considered the best security for your bike, although as stated above, it’s sensible to combine a D lock and a cable for maximum security.
More secure D locks do tend to be quite heavy and bulky. Mini D locks are a brilliant compromise – they are really strong, but often lighter than heavy duty cable locks. The only disadvantage is you’re limited to locking them to fairly skinny objects you can get your bike frame close to.
Chain locks with armoured links are a great visual deterrent to thieves.
Chains are the heaviest type of lock, so they are most often used at home in combination with a ground anchor for shed and garage security.
If your bike does get stolen, security markings will help the police to get it back to you.
Secure markings are easy to use at home – just follow the instructions on the kit.
Ground anchors are for home security. You can get anchors that bolt to the walls and ground, or ones you concrete in. They give you a secure point to thread a chain lock through.
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