How To: Prevent bike theft

Prevent bike theft

Don't play Russian roulette when it comes to your wheels. Keep your bike secure with these precautions.
You Will Need
* A bike
* A fixed object, such as a bike rack
* A U-shaped bike lock
* A cable or chain lock
* A personal identifier

Step 1
Leave your bike in an open area with lots of pedestrian traffic.

Step 2
Secure your bike to a fixed object, such as a bike rack that is bolted to the ground.

Step 3
Lock your bike using the U-shaped lock to secure the frame of your bike to the rack.

Place the lock mechanism face-down so it is not easily accessible.

Step 4
Run a cable or chain lock through both tires and the frame of your bike, securing it to the rack.

Step 5
Engrave your name, or paint a swatch of color, onto the frame of your bike to make it easily identifiable as your property.

Step 6
Register your bike with your local police department and with the National Bike Registry.

Step 7
Remember to secure your bike at home as well, since many bikes thefts occur on personal property.

Fact:
Step 7

Remember to secure your bike at home as well, since many bikes thefts occur on personal property.

Fact: The first bicycle was made in France in the early 19th century out of wood and was driven by pushing one's feet off the ground.

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