How to Lock Your Bicycle

In addition to using a Kryptonite lock, it is important that you lock your bike properly. Here are the steps you need to take to ensure that your bike is locked… the right way.



U-lock


Step 1 – Place your bike against a fixed, immovable object with chainring facing out


Step 2 – Remove your front wheel and place it by your rear wheel


Step 3 – Place u-lock shackle around the immovable object and through both seat stays (if frame will allow) and the two wheels. *If you are using a Mini-5 or Mini-7 u-lock, capturing one seat stay and the rim is an acceptable lock-up.






For additional security, Kryptonite recommends using a double-looped cable with your u-lock. Place the u-lock shackle around the pole, your bike frame and through your rear wheel. Loop a cable around your front wheel, bike frame and onto your u-lock shackle. Two security devices equal more protection and more time for a thief to have to work!






Ultimate security lock-up (2 u-locks)

Step 1 – Place your bike against a fixed, immovable object, preferably a u-shaped rack with chainring facing out.

Step 2 – Place u-lock shackle around the immovable object and through both seat stays (if frame will allow) and rear wheel. If you are using a Mini-5 or Mini-7 u-lock, capturing one seat stay and the rim is an acceptable lock-up.

Step 3 – Take the 2nd u-lock and place around the immovable object and around the downtube and front wheel. Note: If you are unable to fit the u-lock around all 3, simply secure the front wheel to the down tube. This prevents wheel removal and ride-away theft.



Chain

Step 1 – Place your bike against a fixed, immovable object with chainring facing out. Make sure your bike cannot be lifted over the object it will be secured to.

Step 2 – Remove your front wheel and place it by your rear wheel

Step 3 – Wrap chain through both wheels, around the frame and around the fixed object while taking away any chain slack.

Step 4 – Attach chain to lock and secure shackle around bicycle frame.




Helpful lock-up tips:

  1. Always lock your bike, especially at home. This includes your garage, patio, yard, college residence hall, apartment building, when carrying on a car rack, etc.
  2. Lock your bike in a well-lit area where there are other bikes.
  3. Do not lock your bike in the same location all the time.
  4. Make sure your bike cannot be lifted over the object it is locked to.
  5. Create a snug fit with wheels and frame so that there is little space in the u-portion of the u-lock for a thief’s tools.
  6. Do not lock your bike to itself – front wheel or rear wheel to frame.
  7. Always position your u-lock with keyway facing down..
  8. If you're only locking one wheel, it is recommended that you capture the rear wheel as part of your lock-up. Replacement cost for the rear wheel can be up to double the cost of the front wheel.

For more information, download Kryptonite’s Ultimate Bicycle Security Guide

In addition to proper lock-up, create the ultimate security system for your bike by registering your bike with Bike Shepherd and tagging your bike for extra protection with a Bicycle ID Kit