Monday, July 27, 2009

Bike Commuting 101 - Part 8 (Lock it up)

One last consideration before you head into work is where you will put your bike. Some options include: Your office, an empty office in your building, a janitors closet, storage room, underground parking area, outside bike parking. If you have to park your bike where people you don’t know and/or trust will have access to it, you might want to lock it up. Here is an article on this topic. You may even want to add the Sheldon Brown website to your favorites. Sheldon’s site has articles on about any bike related topic you can think of.

Even in Omaha, it's a good idea to lock your bike with a good bike lock. Just ask Brady. He was one of the lucky few that was able to recover his bike.

While your thinking of keeping your bike secure, take some time to write down the serial number on the bottom of your frame (right under where the pedal and crank machanism passes through the frame).

1 comment:

Scott Redd said...

I've started removing my quick-release front wheel and using a single U-lock to secure frame, rear wheel, and front wheel to the rack. I understand that this is one of the most secure methods, since it appears to be so easy to cut through a cable lock.

My single speed has bolt-on wheels, so I will probably use the U-lock on the frame, rear wheel (the expensive one), and possibly run a cable through the front wheel. I don't know that thieves are targeting parts just yet in Omaha, but rather want a whole bike that they can cash in for a quick $20.

Thanks for the Commuting 101 tips. You've got some really great advice.