Day 80: Locking your bike

24 03 2010

As I mentioned on Day 65, I avoid riding my good Trek road bike for around-town errands. I’d rather not risk having it stolen while it’s locked up and out of my sight. Instead, I ride my old mountain bike. I still lock it up, but I don’t worry about it getting stolen like I do with my road bike. I doubt there’s any resale value in my 8-year-old mountain bike that I only spent $100 on. Even so, it’s a good idea to know the best way to lock up your bike.

StreetFilms.org offers a great video on the proper way to lock up your bike (along with some examples of what not to do). Portland bike mechanic, Hal Ruzal demonstrates the best way to lock a bike and then wanders the streets of Portland giving “grades” to other bikes. I loved the bike that was just locked to itself and was leaning against a pole.

One thing he points out in the video is locking your saddle to the frame. It never occurred to me before to lock my saddle to the frame. I think I spent maybe a whole 30 bucks on my road bike saddle, but it’s comfortable and I really like it. I’d hate for it to get stolen.

Here’s another interesting example of locking your bike, but it does nothing to protect your wheels from getting stolen.

And while this site may have some good tips, don’t lock your bike to a single-head parking meter. Someone could just lift the bike and the lock right over the top of the meter and walk away.

How do you lock your bike? Do you lock your saddle? Wheels? Or just the frame?

Today’s starting weight: 150

Breakfast:
— Low fat chocolate, banana, peanut butter smoothie = 294 cal.

Lunch:
— Grilled cheese on wheat = 431
— Iced tea = 0

Dinner:
— Grilled chicken sandwich = 262
— Homemade potato salad = 163 (est.)

Snacks:
— Chocolate cookie (BAD Alice!) = 540

Life is a journey. Enjoy the ride!

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