I use lots of different locking strategies with my bikes depending on the circumstances of each situation. I tend to be lazy so I carry and use as little locking equipment as I feel I can get away with. I haven’t had a bike stolen in years so I must be using reasonable precautions. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on specific locking situations over the next month or two.
In the photos above/below I was riding my Big Dummy around town picking up and dropping off various items in a big To Do List push. I stopped at a cafe for an espresso and muffin. Since I was only going to be inside for a few minutes I decided to just lock the frame to a metal railing next to the cafe. My wheels weren’t locked and the rear is a $1500+ Rohloff so that could be expensive, but trying to get the rear wheel out of a Big Dummy is a PITA if you know what you are doing because of the Xtracycle bags. I didn’t think anyone would even notice there was an expensive hub on the bike, care about a Rohloff and then go to the trouble of trying to steal it.
If I was going to leave the bike for a longer period I’d add in a heavy duty cable through both wheels that joins up with the chain lock. That would be reasonably secure given the threat in Victoria BC for bike theft. Someone could still steal my Brooks saddle or other components, but at least the bike itself would be secure.
One thing you can’t see in this picture is that there is a patio full of coffee drinkers sitting in view of the bike who saw me ride up on it and walk inside. I’m confident that if anyone tried messing with my bike someone would make a fuss on my behalf – especially in a bike friendly town like this.