It’s Spring aka Bike Thief Time: Lock Up Your Bike!

Gary Fisher Simple City lock tie-down

U-lock, cable lock and helmet, neatly stored in the basket of a Gary Fisher Simple City bike.

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.

Kryptonite U-Lock

A solid U-lock for city bikes.

 

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.

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.

CPD_bike_Cop_and_his_Favorite_lock

A Chicago bike cop demonstrating the Master hand-cuff-style lock they like. Says it’s resistant to freezing -meaning freezing the lock/chain mechanism to break it.

Personally, I’m a fan of ABUS locks  – this is the lock I have on my bike.  You can read more about it in this post. 

Abus Granit City Chain X-Plus 1060 Bike Lock

Abus Granit City Chain X-Plus 1060 Bike Lock

 

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!

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  • Sally

    I have my own story about locking my bike up with a cable lock and having it get stolen. I felt extra foolish because I even had a u-lock with me, but since I was only going to be in the store a minute, I only used the cable lock. My story has a happy ending, though. I called the police, and the cop who showed up asked me if I wanted to ride around the neighborhood to see if I could spot my bike. I did, we did, and lo and behold, there was my bike thief was relaxing on my bike while talking to some friends, right around the corner.

    • http://dingdingletsride.com/ Samantha

      Glad you had happy ending!