There is no feeling more devastating to a cyclist than to arrive at the place they parked their bike and see it has disappeared, nothing but a cut lock left behind. Even worse, after filing a police report, the odds of finding your bike are usually not great. According to the National Bike Registry, over 1.5 million bicycles are stolen every year, and only a small percentage of them are recovered.
Thankfully, there are some tried and tested techniques that can help prevent bike theft and keep your precious bike intact.
You might have heard this before, but don’t lock your bike in a secluded, dark place (like an alley). Instead, choose a well lit area with foot traffic and within view of other people. Also, avoid locking your bike outside overnight – always try to bring your bike indoors.
As for your lock, try not to use a cable lock, since these are the easiest locks to cut. Instead, use a strong u-lock or chain lock, and make sure to attach it to a bike rack or other strong, stationary object.
For more information on choosing the best lock for your bike, and how to best lock it, consult the guide below:
Whenever you park and lock your CERO One securely, make sure to bring your Shimano computer display with you, since it can be easily removed. Additionally, the motor cannot be operated without the display, so that will put thieves in a bind should they try to steal it.
For the CERO One, take advantage of the excellent theft deterrent that is the ABUS Frame Lock. By locking your rear wheel, thieves will be prevented from using your bike as a getaway vehicle, which is their typical M.O.
The ABUS Frame Lock also has the potential of attaching a strong, steel Chain Lock. This is one of our most popular accessories thanks to its long reach, relative light weight, ease of use, and safety rating.
Another great theft deterrent are the ABUS NutFix wheel and saddle locks. These sturdy nuts can only be unlocked if you lean the bike down, which, when locked and standing up, will typically be impossible.
Bike Index is Your Friend
If you have a bike, registering it on Bike Index is a must. It’s a great service that keeps a record of bikes around the country and enables you to quickly report it missing if it ever gets stolen. In these situations, your best friends are the local bike community, who will be sure to keep an eye out for your bike!