Proper Locking Technique
Learn the smart way to lock up your bike
Unfortunately, bike theft is a real problem in San Francisco. While the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is working to improve reporting of bike theft and stop the theft rings, personal responsibility is the best way to make sure your bike is still there where you left it.
The best way to protect your bike is to have a good U-lock and lock where there are lots of people around. Cable locks are easily cut and are highly discouraged. You should always use a U-lock to secure your frame, and a cable to protect your wheels, if desired.
When locking to an object, make sure it's securely in the ground. Sometimes, sign posts aren't always secure, so if a bike rack isn't nearby, use a Parking Meter. (Then, request a free bike rack from the city!)
If you want to protect components, just ask your friendly local bike shop (don't forget your SFBC discount!) — they can show you a wide range of special products and help you find what's best for you.
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