Cycling down the path of life

Once Bitten, Twice Shy…Literally

Last fall, my green Raleigh Venture was stolen from underneath my nose (almost literally). Someone was able to walk or ride away with the bike, lock, and helmet that was snapped to my pannier. Since there was no trace of any kind of struggle or evidence as to exactly what happened, I assume they either cut the lock or were able to fiddle with the combination to unlock it.

Two locks for safety.

Two locks for safety.

Having learned my lesson, I now own two locks; a cable lock and a U-Lock. Neither one of these locks are terrific locks by any standards and maybe that’s why I choose to use them in conjunction with each other. My cable lock is light-weight and on the low-end of security. My U-Lock is a mid-grade one that could be sawed through with enough patience. But, when I use them both, I feel it’s a deterrent for would-be bike thieves. Basically, they’d have to spend the time cutting or sawing through two locks instead of one making themselves that much more suspicious.

Galvanized steel padlock.

Galvanized steel padlock.

Another lesson I learned from this mishap; don’t leave your bike locked in plain view in an underground garage. We have a bike storage facility in our garage, but it’s overflowing with bicycles from the local college students. Instead of squeezing my bike into that closet, I’m using our storage closet instead. I’m thankful that I have this option since it’s behind a locked door that only tenants can access, and our own unit is pad locked with a heavy-duty steel lock. I feel a bit safer knowing that no one can covet my bike since it’s hidden from view.

You can see that our storage is very well organized. We’re not pack rats so we don’t have a ton of stuff we don’t use lying around. Instead, the unit mainly holds our camping equipment and a few odds and ends leaving plenty of room for the bikes. Rolling them in and out of storage is also a lot easier than fighting other bikes in the bike closet.

Storage closet for my bike.

Storage closet for my bike.

I can’t wait until I can have my very own garage eliminating a couple of steps before getting to my bike.

My Felt locked with 2 locks.

My Felt locked with 2 locks.

How do you keep your bike secure?