2013-09-27 SHBB Shawn blogcat_bike_racks blogcat_bike_stands blogcat_bike_bollards blogcat_bike_lockers
Bike Parking Tips for the Modern Commuter
Reliance Foundry presents ten steps to ensuring your bike remains safe while you’re at work.
Bikes can be a large investment and selecting the right model may take hours of research and testing. An informed shopper will have done his homework to become familiar with the brands and agonized over all the details. Test rides are often necessary and cyclists will usually question friends and family on the appearance of the model they select and their color choice. With all that goes into selecting the perfect bicycle, it’s no wonder that cyclists will go to great lengths to protect their investment.
"Will it be safe? Will someone knock it over? Will it be there when I return?" are all questions that cyclists ask themselves anytime they must park their bike and leave it unattended. Vandalism and theft are an all too common reality on contemporary streetscapes and steps must always be taken to safeguard an unattended cycle.
As a manufacture of commercial bike parking systems, Reliance Foundry has supplied to many designers who must plan streetscapes for cyclists who answer themselves these very questions. These designers have heard all the concerns of this new demographic of commuter and they have passed many of these concerns and suggestions onto Reliance Foundry. All of this information has been considered through the design phase of Reliance foundry’s bike systems and much of it has been applied to each model.
Reliance Foundry’s parking systems are designed to stop theft but, in order for them to be effective, cyclists must also do their part. Although the threat of theft can never been completely eliminated, there are many steps that cyclists can take to greatly reduce the likelihood of having their cycles fall victim to it. The following tips and pointers can help to ensure that the highest level of protection is being afforded to a bicycle when it must be left alone:
- Always lock an unattended bicycle! Even if you are simply running into the convenience store for a quick bottle of water, take the time to lock your bike. Thieves can notice an unlocked bicycle and act in a matter of seconds.
- When possible lock your bike to a bike rack or bike bollard in a higher-traffic area as secluded areas may be more prone to acts of theft.
- Ensure that bicycles are locked to a stand or rack with a closed loop. An open-toped post, like a parking meter or traffic sign, does not provide adequate protection and increases the potential for theft.
- If using a U-lock, pass it through your rear wheel rim inside the bike’s rear triangle then around a secure, closed post or bike rack. If the U-lock is kept inside the frame, the bike cannot be stolen by removing the rear wheel. For bicycles that have a quick remove front wheel, a separate chain or cable should be used to affix it to the U-lock, as well.
- Use the smallest U-lock available to secure a bicycle. Thieves often carry crowbars to pry open U-locks and a smaller one is harder to open than a large one.
- If possible, use two locks. Two locks are better than one and two separate locking mechanisms are harder to defeat. There is also less of a chance that a thief will take the extra time to try and beat both locks.
- Register your bike with a national bike registry and put your name and telephone number on the inside rim of your bike, where it is likely to be seen if the thief tries to take it to a shop for resale.
- Leave an extra lock at work in case the one you intend to use is forgotten.
- Take pumps, helmets, water bottles and any other loose gear indoors, as unlocked gear can also be easily stolen. New designs of cycle storage lockers provide space and security for such accessories, but these are not always as available as other bike storage systems.
- Request the installation of a secure bike system where one is not readily available. If your place of employment does not offer bike racks or bike lockers, politely and professionally request it. Most employers recognize the health and social benefits of making secure bike parking facilities available for both their employees and customers. Many manufacturers even offer discounted bike racks for applications that are restricted by a tight budget.
When it comes to protecting your bicycle, remember that finding a secure storage system that is close to the entrance of your place of employment or the business you intend to visit is only half of the equation. You must also take precautions to ensure that your bike remains safe. You’ve spent hard-earned money and invested a lot of time selecting the model; be sure to protect your valuable investment!
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