You have your new bike and are out riding it around. You may put it on your car rack to go to start points, ride from your house or ride to work. No matter which ride you do, someone is looking to steal your bike. Aside from investing in a good quality lock (price does reflect quality) there are some fundamental things you must do to keep you bike safe. I will try to summarize them here.
1. Know your serial number! This seems simple but the Police will be more active if you know your serial number. There are millions of bikes sold each year; this number identifies your bike and your bike only. If the place you bought your bicycle from does not provide you with your serial number you will have to record it yourself. Typically it is located under the bottom bracket shell.
2. Take a picture of your bicycle with a picture of the serial number and email it to yourself. This way you always have it on file. You can even print the photo, roll it up and keep it inside your handle bar or seat post. This is another great way for the Police to verify the bike is yours.
3. Don’t leave the garage door open! Thieves ride/drive/walk around looking for targets and come back when you are least expecting it. They will watch a potential location and learn the habits.
4. Try not to leave your bicycle on the car rack outside or parked outside, again, thieves will notice this and return. As well if you are riding from your house on a regular basis, make sure you choose different routes to and from your house. A change of routine will take longer for a thief to notice you and your bike
5. Make sure your address is not listed on social platforms like Stava. Thieves can locate you through these platforms, so make sure you turn your GPS off and on away from your house.
6. Lock them in the house and the garage. Anything you can do to deter the theft is a step in the right direction. Make sure your lock is positioned so they cannot gain leverage to pry or cut the lock.
It does really only take seconds for a bicycle to disappear make sure you take the time to keep you bike safe.