Metro Police Reminds You to Register Your Bike – But Also Recommends Using Two U Locks to “Protect it”

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A couple weeks ago we learned that “Metro Transit Police launch free online bike registration to help reduce theft”. You can register your bike here. Last night @MetroTransitPD tweeted a reminder and an extra tip:

“Park your bike at Metro? Be sure to register for free. Also, we recommend using TWO U-locks to protect it. #WMATA”

Does anyone use two u locks?

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  • I would recommend a $100 dollar bike lock, and a $50 dollar bike.

  • gotryit

    Not usually, but I would if I had quick release wheels. Those are too easy to steal.

  • I only use one u-lock, but I also park my bike in the College Park metro Bike Link facility. It’s very secure there. I’ve seen bikes there just leaning against racks with no locks. They should have Bike Link at all metro stations.

  • You’re much better off using two different kinds of locks than two locks of the same kind. Requires a greater diversity in theft tools, reducing the likelihood of theft.

  • orderedchaos

    I use one U-lock and one cable that I thread through the tires and the U.

  • Anon 11:21 (or others), any recommendations for what two different types of locks to use? I had a U-lock with a cable looped through the front and back wheels of my bike and it still got stolen (from a locked indoor bike room, to boot). Perhaps it’s unlikely to happen again, but it’s still made me super-paranoid about security for when I get my next bike. (I know there are some other things I can do, like moving the bike around–I hadn’t used my old bike in a while and rather foolishly left it locked in the same place that whole time–but I would still like to beef up the locking mechanism.)

    • a_w

      I use one Krptonite U Lock, of average size and one pretty average cable lock with key. Perhaps I’ve been lucky but my bike has not been stolen for the 7 years I’ve had these locks. I rarely leave it outside overnight, maybe 4 times a year.

      Don’t loop the cable through the u-lock because if they break the u, they can just remove the cable.

  • I have a bike with two quick release wheels, and use one U-Lock to loop through my front wheel and frame, and one Dutch lock (like this: that is permanently attached to the back wheel. I really love the convenience of the Dutch lock, and I feel like it’s a good deterrent since it’s unusual.

  • Assuming the Prince takes my links, here are two decent overviews:

    Note: I keep my bike locked during the day in a visible area with a U-lock through the rear wheel from a point where the wheel is inside the frame’s triangle. I would use two locks were I locking my bike outdoors at night, or in a storage room for a long period of time, though — anywhere where it’s unattended for a long period of time and where a thief is unlikely to be spotted.

    -Anon. 11:21

  • if you have quick release hubs. take front tire off, very easy, then U lock the through the back triangle, rear wheel. place front tire by the side of back wheel and lock that through the spokes as well.

    A thief will have to pick your bike up and run away or take the time to place the front tire on, most likely will move on to the next. Takes a bit of extra time but if you love your bikes as much as I do, hardly an inconvenience

  • Disagree. 2 locks are annoying. Get a small U-lock (you can use a car jack to open the larger ones), and get locking bike skewers. It doesnt hurt to personalize it with tape or stickers to make it unique looking.

  • +1 on getting the smallest bike lock you can possibly use

  • I actually use three locks, none of them traditional U-locks.

    For my front wheel and frame, I use a large Abus lock like the one in the URL below. It is flexible, which makes it much easier to fit around larger poles, and uses a more sophisticated type of key than many U-locks. It’s also thicker than most U-locks I’ve seen.

    For my back wheel, I use a built-in wheel lock like the one in the URL below — these are almost universal across Europe:

    I also use a simple coil lock to lock my bicycle seat to my frame. I have had my bike seat stolen in the past, which is why I started this practice.

    Of course none of this is failsafe, and it’s not cheap, but I think using three different types of locks is as good a deterrent as any. As I don’t have a car my bike is my main form of transportation; these investments cost much less than the cost and hassle that would come with a stolen bike (and much, much less than a car!).

  • The key is to secure the frame and both wheels. A quality U-lock and a cable. Or a U-lock and bolted skewers/locking skewers for the wheels.

  • Wheel locks.

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