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Bike Security

Locking your bike up in a safe place is essential to the safety of your bike. Whether that means keeping your bike safely in your home or locked to an immovable object at the bus station, there are always good practices and measures to take to ensure the safety of your favourite transport machine.

Record your
Frame Number

Every bike comes with a unique frame number. Make sure that you record the frame number of your new bike as soon as you get it.

When you buy a bike from us, we will send you an email which will usually include your frame number. You can also find the frame number  your bike frame,  imprinted or stuck on. It is advisable to check that both number match. Frame numbers are usually located underneath your bike, on the bottom bracket shell or downtube, and maybe found under a rock-guard.

Approved Bike Locks

Bike locks can come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, but only some of those are approved for insurance use. This means that you must ensure the lock you use is proven strong enough to lock up your bike, should you want to claim insurance in case your bicycle is stolen.

Sold Secure is a company that rates locks on their strength, and is the standard which is used by insurance companies to determine which locks are suitable for use. Thatcham, on the other hand, rates locks for cars and other vehicles, and would come into play when you are looking to lock your bike in your car or van. We have outlined the different ratings of Sold Secure locks for your ease.

Approved Bike Locks
Sold Secure Bronze

Bronze

Bicycles under the value of £500

Bronze rated bike locks are suitable for locking bikes for under the value of £500. They are usually lighter weight than higher security locks and so easier to carry around. This makes them more susceptible to theft, however.

Sold Secure Silver

Silver

Bicycles under the value of £1000

Silver rated bike locks are suitable for locking bikes for under the value of £1000. They offer a greater level of security to Bronze rated locks, while adding a little bit of weight, or coming at a greater price point.

Sold Secure Gold

Gold

Bicycles valued at £1000 and above

The highest rated bicycle shocks are Gold rated and are suitable for locking bikes with the value of £1000 and above. These locks can be fairly heavy, but are robust and provide the greatest security for your precious bike.

How and where to keep your bike

To make sure your bike is kept safely we have outlind suggestions of how and where to store you bike below, giving a great guideline for the safekeeping of your bike.

Storing your bike at home

At home in a private house

  1. Bikes should not be left outside.
  2. We suggest that you keep your bike inside. This can include the house, a wooden shed, a garage, and a steel bike container.
  3. It's probably not necessary to keep your bike inside, though windows and doors should be closed and locked, so that potential thieves won't be able to easily get your bike.
  4. If the bike is inside a shed, container or garage, we suggest two ways of storing it:
    1. Lock the bike within the garage, shed or container, to an immovable object such as a ground anchor or similar. Make sure you use a lock that's approved for use for the value of your bike.
    2. Use a 5-pin padlock or 5-lever mortice dead lock on the door of the garage, shed or container.
  5. All doors and windows of the garage, container or shed should to be locked, preventing potential thieves from getting in.

At home in a flat
At home in a shared house
Storage at home

Storing your bike when at work

When at work

  1. You shouldn't leave your bike for more than 24 hours
  2. Always lock your bike to an immovable object, and ensure the lock meets the security requirements.
  3. Attach the lock to the bike through the frame and any quick release wheels. Securing the bike through the quick release wheel alone will most likely leave you with only a wheel when you return to the bike. Some locks come with an extra cable to wrap around valuable parts of the bike.
  4. If you’re locking the bike in a shed or container, then make sure the lock meets the security requirements and is secured to an immovable object.

Storage at work

Storing your bike when out

When out

  1. Try not leaving your bike anywhere for more than 12 hours, except for train and bus stations.
  2. Try not leaving your bike for more than 24 hours if it is at a train or bus station.
  3. Bikes should always be locked to immovable objects and with locks that meet the security requirements
  4. Locks are best attached to the bike through the frame and any quick release wheels. Securing the bike through the quick release wheel alone will most likely leave you with only a wheel when you return to the bike.

Storage when out

Storing your bike in a vehicle

Leaving your bike in a car

  1. If you're leaving your bike in your convertible car, make sure the top is up and secure, and that the windows are closed and the doors locked.
  2. If your bike is on a bike/roof rack, make sure it is locked with a lock that meets security requirements.
  3. Bikes can be kept inside of cars, but must remain out of sight, for example in the boot. Hiding the bike with a blanket or similar in the back seat is not sufficient.
  4. When keeping the bike inside a car overnight, it's important to have at least one of the following:
    1. Thatcham category 1 alarm and immobiliser
    2. Thatcham category 2 immobiliser
    3. Thatcham category 3 steering lock

Leaving your bike in a van
Vehicle storage

Storing your bike when on holiday

When on holiday

  1. If you are leaving the bike in a vehicle, then follow the guidelines above for “storing your bike in a vehicle”.
  2. If you’re staying at a hotel or B&B, follow the guidlines above for “Storing your bike when out” or “Storing your bike in a vehicle”, depending on where you are keeping your bike.
  3. If you are in your own private holiday home, caravan, or chalet, you follow the same guidelines for “Storing your bike at home when you live in a private house” or “Storing your bike in a vehicle” depending on where the bike is being kept.
  4. Follow the guidelines for “Storing your bike when out” whilst you are out and about on holiday.

Storage when on holiday