With the right equipment and knowledge you can reduce the risk of having your bike stolen. Here are some tips for locking your bike.
Tips for locking your bike
- Where possible, use a purpose built bike rack to secure your bike to or secure the frame and one wheel to an immovable object.
- Lock your bike in a visible and well-lit area.
- Try and avoid always locking your bike in the same location.
- If you have quick-release wheels, always double check that the wheels are locked as well.
- Remove all detachable accessories from your bike.
You can lock your bike almost anywhere if it isn't in the way.
Double lock your bike
Using 2 locks to secure your bike makes it a significantly less attractive target for a thief.
- Use 2 different types of locks, a D-lock and cable lock or chain (is a common combination).
- Put the first lock on the back of the bike through the frame and rear wheel.
- Put the second lock on the front through the frame and front wheel.
AT has a range of bike parking facilities available such as lockers, cages and racks. Find out more about bike parking and gear storage.
Keep a record of your bike serial number
You should keep a record of your bike serial number in the event of your bike being stolen. This can help with claims and getting your bike back. Read more about recording a bike serial number.
Taking your bike with you on the train or ferry
Where possible, consider taking your bike with you on the trains and ferries, It’s an excellent way to have a day out and explore new parts of Auckland.
Remember to check the ferry timetable for return sailing times, as off-peak and weekend services differ from weekdays. On trains, bikes must be carried in the area designated within the train carriage and it’s best to try and avoid taking bikes during rush hour.