One day last year in the middle of biking season we came home to find all our bikes gone. It took me a bit to start thinking clearly, but at the end of the day – they were gone regardless of the amount of cursing I could produce in a minute. One way or another we started going over the situation to see where, how, and what we could do differently in the future.
Our bikes were stored in a closed garage we shared with three other neighbors. One of them periodically forgets to close the door and sure enough one day … well, that’s why I’m writing this article. So, with that said, make sure you store your ride somewhere where you can be reasonably sure no uninvited guests will be given access to. In our case it was pretty much impossible so we decided to put a few obstacles in place for the next somebody feels entitled to our bikes
LOCK YOUR RIDE.
Well, it’s great to have a place where you (and hopefully only you) can store your bike safely, but what if you do not have that luxury? Then what? Different safety devises come to mind. There is quite a variety of those, but do not just rely on a door – it’s just pieces of metal (wood, plastic) of different form and construction and can be open, cut, broken, ripped apart. And the more expensive the bike is, the more advanced are the tools that will assure your two-wheeled friend’s disappearance. Seriously, it’s just a matter of picking a lock.
KNOW YOUR NUMBERS
Write down your frame number. Although it can be scratched off, this is one extra way to get your bike found in a case if it does get stolen.
THAT OLD THING?
Not guaranteed, but your bike might not attract as much attention if it’s doesn’t look all bright and shiny. A couple pieces of duct tape might discourage a thief from going after your bike.
You can go even more advanced and mount a GPs tracker on your ride, but more often than not it will heavily rely on the price tag of the ride and its owner’s paranoia to go with this option. There are different options for GPs tracking, but the one thing in common between all of them is that they are all NOT cheap. Although it might seem that I make all precautionary measures seem pointless and nothing more, but a waste of money – believe me they are not. In combination these forms a formidable obstacle on the way to your bikes.
Assess the possible risks and find the appropriate solution. Do not rely on the area’s reputation. Do not underestimate one’s ingenuity and determination either. The price tag on the bike will drive up the chances of it being stolen. It is your bike, so make sure to do all necessary to protect it. Otherwise one day you’ll open the door just to say “@#^$! Where is my bike?”