Locks Online are about to witness one of the biggest events of the year and we feel security is a must when it comes to Bike locks – Ironman Wales special!
Ironman Wales is held in the stunning seaside town on Tenby where hundreds of thousands of people will gather to cheer on the athletes attempting this amazing race! With a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run, the 7am start for the athletes will bring a long tiring day for all. One thing Locks Online have noticed is the amount of bikes that are used leading up to the Ironman event and we feel it’s important you guys know some facts about keeping your bike safety up to scratch.
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The great thing about Pembrokeshire is that, although the roads are extremely bendy and mostly single track, most residents are aware of cyclists being out and about. Unfortunately, some people in some areas of the world are too aware and when a cyclist nips into a shop to grab a drink, they leave without the bike in sight. So how can we prevent this from happening? There are a few options on how you can keep your bike safe by following these quick tips below!
If you’re the one who thinks ‘it will never happen to me’ you’re wrong. Around 20,000 bikes are reported stolen in London alone each year***. From being stolen from outside of shops, to being taken from your home garage, it seems bike theft can happen anywhere, anytime! It’s worth checking who is around before putting your bike into a garage or shed, should you feel your area has a high crime rate. Locking your bike to something solid inside the garage or shed too would greatly benefit you, should you be burgled. When you place the bike in the garage or shed, simply lean it against a pillar or workbench where you can lock the frame up against something solid within the area. This should lessen your chance of you losing your bike, should you have a burglary.
Where to park?
Okay so again, it’s worth parking the bike against either an allocated bike stand or a lamp post if there is no bike park there. This will allow you to lock up your bike against something strong and solid, therefore making it harder for somebody to take the bike away. Try and park somewhere in public where people can see the bike so if something was to happen, somebody will get a good look of the thief. As most stations and public places have bike stands already, always try to park it against those bars. This is because most people recognise bike stands and tend to stay clear when walking. If this is not possible, use a well lit area and possibly a lamp post to secure the bike to.
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If you’re out and about on your bike quite often, or training for a marathon or a race like the Ironman, it’s important to register your bike for police identification. This not only helps your bike to be found should you lose it, but will help identify you, the owner, should there be any problems if parked on the street. Before registering, take photo’s of your bike and as much information as you can such as colour, brand or make, model and any measurements or numbers that are on the frame. It’s also worth marking the frame in a few different places with your postcode or name, and once on the lock itself too. Another great option would be to tag your bike with an embedded tag as these are almost impossible to remove. Your details will then be stored within that tag again, should your bike be lost or stolen.
This has to be down to personal preference. From basic cable locks to heavy duty chain locks, it really depends on the crime rates in your area. One thing I would suggest is to have 2 locks. You can place 1 lock around the frame and back wheel, while the other will go around the pole, tree or post that the bike is attached to. Having more than 1 lock around your bike and post will give extra security against somebody trying to cut the cables or chains. Having 2 locks will also create a longer distraction against a thief so others can identify somebody taking the bike itself. Don’t be afraid to spend a little extra for a good quality lock. Most are lined with an extra cable around the outside of the main cable. This again, will be a long distraction for a thief, should your bike be under attack!
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What extra precautions should I take?
So If you can, try and move the area your park your bike on a daily basis. If a thief is watching you and where you park and lock up the bike daily, they will get an idea of your routine. Changing bike bays, lampposts and timing will confuse a thief in the making. Always take detachable bike items with you such as water bottle and baskets should you feel they will not be safe while locked up. Don’t be tempted to leave any valuables on the bike itself. When locking the bike, try and keep the chain or cables as tight as possible to limit movement. It is also known that a lock that is resting loosely on the floor is much more venerable than one that is pulled tight.
If you have a not so expensive bike and simply use it to get from A to B, then you may not consider having insurance for the bike itself. If however you are an athlete or have a very expensive bike, it’s worth getting insurance in case theft becomes an issue. There are different ways you can get insurance from putting the bike through the household content insurance to going private with a cycle insurance company. It is personal preference again however don’t be afraid to get the best insurance offer that covers everything from theft, accidental damage and vandalism cover!
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So there we have it. Lock Online’s best tips on keeping your bike safe while out and about. Remember the importance of lights and helmets as well as the highest security for your bike. We also want to say a big good luck to everybody competing in this years Ironman Wales, and an extra special good luck to our Tenby locals! If you’re stuck on information or would like to know more about our bike locks, contact our team on 01646 698218 or send us a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be more than happy to assist in any way we can!
*** Stats found on : https://content.met.police.uk/Article/Cycle-Security-Advice/1400005851380/crimepreventionvehiclesafety
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