What is missing from this bike locking example? Hmmm…the bike and lock!
The most effective way to avoid having your bike stolen is to not lock it up and leave it in the first place. You’ll need a folding bike to do this and preferably one that folds and unfolds quickly.
For me that means a Bike Friday Tikit. It’s so easy to fold and unfold that I’ll do it 10 times in a day without thinking about it or feeling like it’s a hassle. In over 3 years as a Tikiteer I’ve only been asked not to bring my biker inside once and they let me bring it in when I told them I had no lock and would cancel my appointment.
The great thing about riding a Tikit in town is:
- I don’t carry a lock
- I don’t organize my day around where I can lock my bike
- I do whatever I need to and just fold up my Tikit and take it inside with me
- when I’m in a friend’s place or business I’m not worried about my bike or trying to rush so thieves have less time to try and steal it
- I’m 100% focused on whatever I’m doing and my Tikit waits patiently for me until I need her to take me to my next stop
- if I run into someone with a car or I need to hop on a bus I fold and go without hassle
If you worry about your bike getting stolen think about a new way to solve the problem with a folding bike. You can carry a week’s worth of groceries with one, go on a 2 week bike tour or ride 25kms across town for dinner. Don’t let the small wheels fool you – these are serious bikes that can perform.