Thursday, February 4, 2010

How NOT to Lock Your Bike.

This wheel has been attached to this bike rack in Venice by this U-Lock for many moons.

It's one of those poorly designed bike racks that makes it difficult to lock your frame to the rack, as some unlucky person learned the hard way.

Unfortunately,  the owner of this Linus Dutchi came along and locked up in exactly the same way!  Locking your bike this way allows a thief to simply walk off with your entire bike minus the front wheel.  

Bad idea!

You're better off by not putting your wheel into those slats and locking your bike frame to the outside of the bike rack instead.  Or lock up on a nearby street sign or parking meter.

Never ever lock up your bike by its wheel alone!

In case you're wondering how you should lock your bike, check out the following links:

Lock up tips from Kryponite

Lock up tips from LADOT (Los Angeles Department of Transportation)

Lock up tips from Missing Link Bicycle Co-op

Lock up tips from The National Bike Registry

If you have any good lock up tips or helpful links, please leave them in the comments!

P.S. Kudos to anyone who actually goes to the trouble of removing their front wheel when they lock up.  I don't even know how to take mine off yet.


  1. I see a lot of tires locked up like that, all alone. So sad.

  2. Oh no! You misunderstand the locked wheel with the missing bike. The owner took the bike but left the front wheel locked. It is just like those people with road bikes that lock up their bike but take the front wheel (and their seat). That mountain bike (the locked wheel) has a quick release, so it is easy to just take the bike off the wheel. In that other bike's case, a thief would have carry a wrench. But in most cases s/he carries a cable cutter, so that bike will be fine during the day locked like that there. ...I think...

  3. But that wheel has been there for months!