Secure your bike
A bike thief will go for the easiest bike to take. So make sure yours is the best secured bike in the rack.
- lock your bike in a public space and not out of sight.
- vary the location you use (find your nearest cycle stand)
- use the best lock you can afford, preferably one that has the 'Sold Secure' gold, silver or bronze rating (for maximum security use 2 locks of different types e.g. D locks and cable locks)
- lock both the wheel and the frame to the bike stand - an additional cable through the other wheel is good too
- lock your bike snugly to the stand - it should not move about or be possible for it to fall over
- remove small items such as lights or any parts that are 'quick release'
- your lock should not rest on the floor - it makes it easier to smash with a hammer
- never lock the top tube to a stand with a “D” lock - this makes it easy to break by twisting
- if you lock to a street sign be sure it can’t simply be lifted over the top - is the sign securely attached
- look out for cyclehoops, which provide a secure and stable way of locking to upright street signs
Remember to be considerate to pedestrians - ensure that your bike isn’t blocking the footway and can’t fall over or act as a trip hazard.
Bike marking is available free of charge through the Bike Register scheme at events we run in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police Cycle Task force.