With bike thefts on the rise across the U.S and bike prices continuing to increase, keeping your bike safe has never been more important. Whether you’re an avid cyclist or casual rider, there are simple steps you can take to keep your bike safer than ever.
To help prevent bike thefts and aid in recovery, here are four tips to start incorporating into your cycling routine:
Choose The Right Lock
When looking to purchase a bike lock, it’s easy to get lost in the hundreds of options available. So how do you know which one to choose? Look no further than the U-lock, which is widely accepted as the most secure style on the market. These hefty locks are tough to break with a hammer or with force.
Where You Store Your Bike
Once you have the perfect lock, finding the right place to store your bike should be at the top of your security checklist. When storing your bike at home, try to leave it in a secure environment, such as a garage or inside your house.
If you’re locking up your bike in a public space, always look for areas that are well lit and near other people. After all, most thieves aren’t bold enough to steal a bike when they know others are watching.
Record the Serial Number
Whether you just purchased a new bike or are looking to take added steps to secure your bike, registering it is a great place to start. By registering your bike’s serial number with organizations such as Bike Index or 529 Garage, you’ll be one step closer to recovering your bike if it’s ever stolen.
Having a record of your bike’s description and its serial number will help community members keep an eye out for your ride and allow for a detailed police report.
Invest in Added Technology
While choosing the right lock and storing your bike in a safe location helps prevent theft, technology is a critical component of bike recovery. Anti-theft GPS devices and simple trackers, such as the Apple AirTag, allows you to locate a missing or stolen bike right from your phone.
Already have an AirTag and looking for a discreet way to mount it to your bike? Head to our shop to buy your own Alpha Bike Mount today! Once connected to your Apple account and mounted, simply open the Find My app to locate your bike from anywhere at any time.