How To Lock A Mountain Bike To Deter Theft

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Welcome to the fourth part of “How To Lock A Bike And Deter Theft called,“How To Lock A Mountain Bike To Deter Theft.” Last week on Friday Bike Fun, we featured part three called, “How To Lock An E Bike To Prevent Theft”. Next Friday, we’ll feature the last part called How To Lock A Road Bike To Deter Theft.”

How to lock a mountain bike to deter theft

Mountain bikes are made to be ridden on rough terrain. But, many people prefer to use mountain bikes for daily, urban commuting. This increases the possibility that they will be stolen. When locking up a mountain bike, it’s important to remember that the same rules apply as with locking up any other type of bicycle. In order to make sure your mountain bike is secure, you should use two locks. A U-lock that wraps around the back wheel, frame, and attaches to a bike rack that’s cemented into the ground. The second lock should be a heavy cable lock that wraps around the front wheel, and to the frame. Never lock your mountain bike to a tree as they can be cut. And never to a sign post, as they can be taken apart. Both cases will result in your mountain bike being stolen. 

BELOW ARE SOME ADDITIONAL TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN LOCKING MOUNTAIN BIKES SPECIFICALLY.

On the trail

When on a ride, carrying a heavier lock isn’t always an option.  It’s best to keep your bike in sight, and near you at all times when not riding.

A cable can be helpful, to attach your bike to an immovable object, or another mountain bike, to prevent grab and dash theft, but is only a deterrent.
A cable can be helpful, to attach your bike to an immovable object, or another mountain bike, to prevent grab and dash theft, but is only a deterrent.

Carrying a cable can be helpful, to attach your bike to an immovable object, or another mountain bike, to prevent grab and dash theft, but is only a deterrent.

On the trailer, bike rack or truck bed

It is important to lock your bikes while in transport.  With some variation based on travel location,and duration of stop, we recommend using Ultimate Security products when possible.

Lock your bikes while in transport.
Lock your bikes while in transport.

Make sure to lock to the most immovable object available.  Installing a ground anchor, like the Stronghold, in the bed of a truck or trailer can work as a great immovable object.

At home

Locking your bike at home is crucial, especially with high value mountain bikes. Garage doors are not as secure as you may believe and are easily violated.

At home it’s crucial to know how to lock a mountain bike.
At home it’s crucial to know how to lock a mountain bike.

Kryptonite recommends an Ultimate Security lock to an immovable object.
Kryptonite recommends an Ultimate Security lock to an immovable object.

We recommend an Ultimate Security lock to an immovable object.  A ground anchor like the Stronghold can work great as an immovable object.

Social

Be careful about sharing your riding schedule and bike on public social networks.

Beware when using social riding apps.
Beware when using social riding apps.

Thieves may use social riding apps to watch where a rider with an expensive bike, starts and ends their rides to pinpoint the location of where the bike is stored.  If possible, start and end your rides from varying locations.

Thank you for joining us for Friday Bike Fun, and don’t forget to join us again next Friday for part four called,How To Lock A Road Bike To Deter Theft.”

LEARN MORE ABOUT MOUNTAIN BIKING: HERE

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