Hey, everyone! Spring is upon us and many of us are either getting the bikes out or looking to buy a new one. It sucks but bike theft is ever on the rise and they too know that there’s going to me more bikes out there for the taking. So, I hope you’re all properly securing your pride and joy, every other post I see on my Facebook feed is a post for help finding a stolen bike and making them. So I thought I’d make yet another blog entry about some security options we have here at Ghostbikes. Motorcycle locks and chains and such.
I’ve told this story before- but I’ll tell it again;
When I was little my parents got me a new mountain bike. It’s was one of the best bikes out there at the time and it was all I wanted- my first pedal bike with gears and suspension. After riding it to school for a few days, I’d forgotten to chain it up to the other bikes in the shed. It was just a wooden garden shed with a number lock on it and all the bikes lived in there chained together.
One day I got up for school, I approached the shed and noticed the latch had been broken clean off. My bike was gone but the other bikes were still in there. I was devastated and it clearly had a lasting effect on me because now, 20 years later, I’m too paranoid to leave my motorbike anywhere without it being chained. It was a valuable lesson though and it was learned the hard way.
Don’t be like little-me, guys. Make sure you lock your bike securely whether it’s parked out side of work or even inside the garage at home. At Ghostbikes we have a whole selection of motorcycle security options for you to choose from.
I’ll always recommend that you secure your bike to something fixed in place that a thief has no hope of going through like a lamp post, a ground anchor or a bike parking space with a metal rack put there for that reason. This is best accomplished with a good motorcycle chain and lock. The bigger the better if you’re using it to store your bike at home but for on-the-go there are lots of strong chains that can coil up and fit neatly under a bike seat. From Oxford, Bike It and Abus there’s loads to choose from.
At home, maybe even consider using two chains as I’ve seen bike thieves not even phased by the site of just one. But when they saw the second chain on the back wheel while trying to cut through the first- they decided it wasn’t worth the limited time they had until police arrived.
If you’re out and you’d really prefer something a bit lighter. Maybe you don’t plan on leaving your bike for long or you don’t have room under your seat for a chain. For you, we have lots of compact Disc locks that could be exactly what you need. From small lightweight locks for smaller bikes to beefy devices complete with alarms that’ll scream 100 decibels into the ears of anyone trying to tamper with it. They’re at the very least better than leaving your bike unlocked at all if you can’t lock your bike -to- something.
If you want something to lock your ride to at home but don’t have anything solid- you can put in your own permanent point to secure your bikes to. From a simple hoop to brackets and folding shackles- there’s loads to choose from when it comes to keeping your bike safe.
Getting to keep your bike isn’t the only benefit of keeping your bike securely locked too. Many insurance companies recognise Thatcham approved security products and using them to keep your bike from getting pinched can possibly help to save you a bit of money on your insurance bills as well. So it’s really is worth buying the best you can, I had a cheeky look at some quotes, adding just the Oxford Big Boss lock to the security section on the quotes form and I got quotes up to £100 cheaper than last year with the same amount of cover! I’ll certainly be letting my insurance provider know about that when it’s renewal time.
Thanks for reading, everyone! Until next time!