Here in Chicago the weather has finally made the turn towards spring (and Summer!) which means more and more cyclists are out on the roads and bike paths. Bike thieves are also out there too, right behind you. I’ve already spoken to some new bike commuters this spring and sent them back to store for a better bike lock. If your bike has any value to you (personal or financial) spend a little dough on a decent lock. I say $80-$90 if you live in a city like Chicago, though my bike friends say you can find a decent lock for less than that. What kind of locks? Well, I’ll just link to my oldie-but-still-a-goodie post about bike locks. It includes some tips on how/where to lock your bike as well.
The biggest rule of thumb for locking up your bike? NO CABLE LOCKS. There is not one that can’t be beat in a few seconds with simple tools, like say, garden shears.
- Here’s a post and sad story to illustrate why they are useless….
- And here’s another post and story as to their less-than-secure powers..
And if you don’t believe me, take the word of one of our Chicago bike cops who I was talking to last week downtown near the Millennium Park bike station. He said to remind everyone that bike thieves love this nice weather as much as everyone else and that you should take bike security seriously. Just in the past week there were 4 bike stolen from around the Aon and Blue Cross Blue Shield buildings, some right in front of some powerful video cameras (so they know who the thieves are) and ALL had cable locks.
Don’t be afraid to get out and ride this year – just be sure you bring a long a solid lock for your bike so it’s there when you return!