Preventing Theft: Tips to Parking Your Bike Safely

It’s any cycler’s worst nightmare; leaving your bike locked up, only for it to be gone when you come back.

Bicycle theft is all too common across Australia and most stolen bikes aren’t recovered due to the difficulty of determining their owner.

This is why it is incredibly important for all bike riders to take the necessary precautions to avoid attracting thieves. Here are our top tips to ensure that your bike is parked safely…

Buy a Quality Lock

It may be obvious, but the better lock you have, the less chance your bike will be stolen.

Many cable locks can be easily cut with a pair of garden scissors, so you’ll want to make sure that your bike is secured with a U-lock or similar.

Ideally, you should be locking your bike at two points, at the front and back, for maximum security. Using two different types of locks is also a good idea, as a thief would require two different methods and tools to cut through them.

Avoid Parking In Over- and Under-Crowded Places

Where you park your bike also matters.

Bike thieves are opportunistic and will target bikes that are inconspicuous to steal. This presents a paradox because a bike locked in an empty place is just as inconspicuous to take as one that is locked in an overly crowded place. 

If you are going to lock your bike on the street, make sure you do it in a well-lit, open area where there are just enough people to notice it being stolen.

Make It Noticeable

If your bike does get stolen, there are some things you can do to increase the chances that you get it back:

  • Take a photo of it
  • Record the serial number
  • Make it distinctive with colours, stickers and reflectors

These precautions will make it a lot easier to distinguish when you are tracking it down… and the added decorations may also act as a deterrent for bike thieves wanting a low-key robbery. 

If it is a particularly expensive bike, you may also want to add it onto your home and contents insurance. This means that even if it does get stolen, you’ll be able to get back to riding ASAP!

Get Proper Storage

Even if you park your bike in an appropriate place with a secure lock, there is still a chance that a determined thief will nab it.

An almost guaranteed way to ensure that your bike won’t be taken is to store it in a secure facility that is equipped to keep it safe.

In Brisbane, look no further than cycle2city’s impressive facilities. We have everything you need to keep your bike safe while you go about your day with peace of mind.

Have a chat to our team today or GRAB A FREE 7 DAY TRIAL.

3 Must Do Activities For Two This Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day just around the corner.

If you have a special somebody in your life, this is a great opportunity to show them how much they mean to you… and there is no better way to do this than to plan something that both of you can enjoy together.

Dinner and a movie is always a classic, but if you want to make your day a memorable one, here are three things to enjoy together:

Take A Dance Lesson

Whether you are a master of groove or have two left feet, attending a dance class will be a ball either way.

Brisbane has a wide variety of Dance Classes on offer and you’ll be spoilt for choice on styles. You can be whisked across the floor with ballroom dancing or feel the rhythm with Latin Dance… and have some new moves to bust out next time you’re on the dance floor. 

Attend A Cooking Class

Why not test each other’s capabilities in the kitchen with a cooking lesson!

Instead of choosing a restaurant, you can decide what meal you want to attempt and have the pleasure of making it with your loved one. 

You’ll work away with a delicious meal and a new recipe under your belt!

Hire A Tandem Bike

If you’re looking to get outside and enjoy the weather, a bike ride is a great way to get around.

Given the occasion, consider amping up the fun and hiring a tandem bike. You’ll feel more connected than ever when you’re both trying to steer the same vehicle!

Wondering where to ride? Check out our wrap up of Bike Rides In Brisbane to find the ideal route for you and your partner.

And if you ride in Brisbane often, cycle2city has a range of impressive facilities at your disposal, including safe tandem bike parking. Have a chat to our team today or GRAB A FREE 7 DAY TRIAL.