How to lock your bicycle securely - Sheldon Brown

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Here are Bert's tips on securing bicycles on the street:

* Ride a bicycle which is less attractive to thieves than others locked nearby -- same as Sheldon's advice. The old saddle on Bert's bike, its torn cover wrapped in gaffer's tape, is no less comfortable than it was when new. The bicycle Bert lent to me, on the near side of the post, is less ugly, but still not a prime target for thieves.

* Wrap the U of lock around the post so the crossbar is on the bicycle side. This way, if someone locks a bicycle to the other side of the post, you will still be able to get the key into your lock.

* Lock the right side of the bicycle toward the signpost or rack, making removal of drivetrain components more difficult. (Works best with two bicycles locked head-to-tail, as shown).

* Hmm -- Bert has not locked the wheels. Why not? And Bert's bicycles have quick-release wheels. An explanation follows.