Cycle security: lock it or lose it

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How to lock your bike....

1. Ideally, use TWO secure-rated locks for maximum security
2. Lock both wheels and the frame (or wheel and frame with one lock)
3. Always lock the frame to a solid object such as a bike stand
4. Two types of lock (chain/cable and D-lock) are harder to break
5. Remove all your bike accessories every time you leave it unattended

1. Don't leave your bike locked in a secluded location
2. Don't lock it so it can be lifted over a post (signs can be unscrewed)
3. Don't let your lock lie on or near the ground as it can be smashed
4. Don't leave space inside a D-lock where tools can be inserted

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But remember that any bike can be stolen. My colleague had hers chained up securely to a lamppost, and the thieves came at night, cut right through the lamppost and removed the bike, locks and all.

Probably a lesson to be learned in there about not leaving expensive bikes locked up outside overnight, too.

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