Dan’s Tips #3: Protect Ya’ Bike!

I just realized that if you say “Dan’s Tips” fast it sounds like “Dance Tips”. I have those too! Maybe the next maintenance class will turn into a hip hop dance class! Those two things work together, right? Less than 2 weeks to go for the Bike2PSU Challenge! I hope everyone’s having a great week so far. I just finished off some leftover donuts from the biker breakfast this morning. You guys really need to come eat more!

This week is about bike security. Unfortunately, bike theft is a reality that we all have to deal with. I’m sure many of you have experienced this first hand and it’s very uncool. Here are some easy things you can do to protect your bike while it’s out of your sight.

  1. Use a good lock! – Locking your bike up properly is your best defence against theft. Invest in a good quality “U-Lock”. Don’t use a cable lock or a lock that your dad used when he was in school. They are easily cut and thieves will always target bikes that have cheap locks. We offer locks starting at $45 ($30 for members) that will do the job. If your bike is a little on the expensive side, the higher end locks ($45-100) might make sense for you.
  2. Bike Garage – For added security when you’re on campus, you might consider getting a spot in one of our secure bike parking garages. We have several locations on campus. Each location has secure access so only people who have permits can get in. They also have a workstand with tools and a pump. The cost is $15 for a term or $45 for the year.
  3. Take your Lights – Anything that’s easily removed from your bike should be taken off when you lock up your bike. Lights are probably the most common and most costly accessory stolen from locked bikes. I usually leave mine on when I’m running into the grocery store or something quick, but if you’re on campus or downtown make sure you take it in with you.
  4. Register your Bike – In the unfortunate event that your bike does get stolen, there are a few things you can do to make it more likely that you’ll get it back. Register your bike on Bike Index or Project 529. Both of these websites have a pretty good success rate for finding stolen bikes. You can also post the info on the Bike Portland stolen bike listing. You’ll also want to make sure you report the theft to the police. It’s important to do this so that the city has a better understanding of where and how bad the problem is.

Thanks for reading and have a great, bike secure week!

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