Bicycle Locks: Protecting Your Bike

You buy a bike, you buy a locking mechanism, you walk into a store or coffee bar for " just one minute", not wanting to take the time to lock up your bike. Then it's gone. Which really sucks.

So anything you can do to take those one or two steps to lock your bike up, will prevent heartache later on. Bicycle locks are just one of those important tools that every bicycle rider really needs.

There are entire groups that support themselves on moving from one city to another by truck, sweeping through neighborhoods stealing everything with two wheels, and transporting it all somewhere else in order to sell all the hot little shiny accessories and paint all the sellable bikes, Chop shops for bikes. Just much more mobile and invisible.

Obviously bike theft are not a high priority for most law enforcement and hard to track the FBI reports 262,000 bicycle thefts in 2005. And those for only bikes that people report.

So, here's a list of the top ten cities for bicycle theft:

1. New York City

2. Chicago

3. Boston

4. Philadelphia

5. San Jose

6. Los Angeles - tie

San Francisco - tie

8. Seattle

9. San Diego - tie

Washington, DC - tie

Portland, Oregon – tie

A dubious list to see your city on I think.
But of course, you can always purchase insurance for your bike, yourself, and for those unfortunate occasions when you run into something or someone else.

Looking for a place to lock that bike up is also a consideration when you travel about. Not just any tree or sign post will do. To learn more about bicycle racks and to see a short video about a automated Japanese bike parking garage,