With my gearing newly sorted out I’ve been stoked to ride my Bike Friday NWT lately. Wednesday I rode with Sharon to her office at the hospital and then killed an hour before my morning meeting getting caffeinated at Discovery Coffee in Oak Bay. I’m an espresso snob and I’m happy to report their offering is above average. I locked my bike with a chain around a post. Since I could see my bike from my table I didn’t bother with an additional cable I had nor did I remove any lights.
I like this lock because it’s light and seems robust enough to survive a fast attack. I don’t expect it to be enough for a determined thief, but I don’t leave my bikes unattended all day nor do they get locked in the same spot day after day.
The best security accessory is a good vantage point.
After my morning meeting [where my bike was safely parked in a backyard] I met up with local Long Haul Trucker Aaron at the Penny Farthing Pub in Oak Bay. Sadly this pub with a bike-ish name has no bike rack in front of it. It does have this really thick post though. My little chain lock couldn’t get around the post so I used my extension cable through the wheels and the chain around just the frame. That cable isn’t great security, but it’s something and I placed the chain with the hope it might look like it was around the post. Not all thieves graduate at the top of their class!
Given my less than perfect locking situation I chose a table with a view and I took the lights off my bike because my back was to the window so I couldn’t keep an eye on her as well as I would have liked.