Look out! The MTB Grinch is about!
Summer is here! The mornings are getting lighter, the warm clothes are becoming a distant memory and irritating bitey insects are making their presence known.
Xmas is five minutes away and that means that many of us are planning a break or trip away somewhere. Some of us are lucky enough to have a trip with the bike planned whereas for others, a well-earned rest from two wheels will be a chance to recover and recharge.
For those leaving the bikes home alone, it’s time to think about the security of your bikes. If you ride home from the trails / office or drive with your bike on the roof or back of your car, you should assume that your pride and joy has been noticed by envious eyes and that they are now working out how to get their devious hands on it.
Below are some ideas on how to give your bike a better chance of surviving the festive thieving period.
Prevention is of course better than cure, so whilst you are still using your bike, consider how it leaves and returns to home – can you put it more subtly inside your vehicle or ride home via a different route?
Yes, you love your bike and want everyone to know that you ride the latest and greatest Spciyetisantatreky dripping with Xtra Tricky Rideology type bits, but highlighting this to Light Fingered Larry, is not going to help keep it safe.
Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
If you are leaving your bike at home whilst away, make it as difficult as possible to find. Keep the bike out of plain view, even if it is in your building’s shared secure storage area (which are about as robust as a tugboat made from tissue paper).
If in the home, keep the bike away from windows and consider hiding it behind furniture or under a blanket to make it less obvious.
Invest In A Decent Lock
Make the bike difficult to steal by investing in a number of high quality locks (both for the bike and the place that it is stored e,g garage, storage unit etc).
Make the bike less attractive to by removing vital parts
The wheels, fork, stem and handlebar are easily removed in a few minutes. They are also easy to store somewhere discreet such as under the bed or sofa, in the wardrobe, in the boot of your car, at your best mate’s house who isn’t going away or even at work. A bike that is hard to ride away and sell is likely to be less tempting.
Take a note of your bike’s serial number plus plenty of photos
If the worst happens, you can at least try to make the recovery or insurance (you do have insurance don’t you) process a little easier.
Don’t forget, its highly unlikely that you’ll ever meet someone who regretted putting time and effort into the safe keeping of their bikes whilst they were on holiday!
Set Up Your Strava Security
Did you know thieves can track your home location using your Strava ride details! If you use Strava, make sure you turn it on after you have left your home, i,e only when you get to the trail heads and also turn it off before you get home.
You can also set up the security to create a secure zone around your home address. Just go into the Privacy settings and do it NOW!!!! Video here of how to do it:
Make Your Own Bike Thief Trap
Actually, we do NOT recommend this but it was quite a lot of fun to watch.
Inside The Mind of a Bike Thief
Whilst we are still on the topic, we found this very interesting article about the mind of a bike thief. You may find it illuminating, we did.
So there you have it. Take care folks and do the best you can to prevent your beloved steeds from being pinched whilst your away. We hope these tips provide some useful outcomes and reduce the amount of bikes stolen over this period.
Author: Jason Lorch
Born and grew up in Wales but now a fully fledged Aussie. A passionate mountain biker, hiker and general nature addict. I’m also a bit of a muso and enjoy a good craft beer every now and again (probably too often).
I hope what we do here at Tyres and Soles will inspire people to get out there and experience first hand, the natural wonders that surround them.
So, pump up those tyres, don your favourite boots. Grab a mate, a partner, a pet… and head out into nature. But tell us all about it when you get back.
Chief editor at Tyres and Soles.