The Smart Cyclist’s Guide to Preventing Bike Theft

March 2, 2017

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About 15,000 bicycles have been reported stolen to the Denver police since 2011. That’s about seven bikes a day taken by bike thieves.  

In fact, Denver consistently ranks in the top ten cities nationwide for bike theft. More so, over a million bikes are stolen every year across the United States. Bike theft is on the rise.  Beyond the financial cost of the crime, it’s heartbreaking to find out someone stole your bike.  Cyclist love their bikes.

As much time as cyclist invest in selecting their road and mountain bikes, and choosing the perfect bike parts and cycling accessories, it’s imperative to protect the bikes we love.  Here’s how.

Make it hard to steal
This is obvious and a no brainer; however, how many times have you been on a ride to find yourself dismounting from your bike to quickly run into a corner store for food or water?  Most times, your bike is left without supervision.  Do not leave your bike unattended. For even safer keeping, do not store bikes unlocked inside home garages.  Leave your bicycle in a visible, well lit area.  When commuting, if possible, avoid leaving your bike locked overnight.

Location
There are numerous bike racks strategically located around coffee shops, stores, and workplaces.  These bike racks are typically in public locations where theft is obvious and rarely occurs. If, however, a bike is parked or locked at a location other than these racks—for instance, attached to a tree or street sign—theft is more likely to occur.   Be mindful as to where you leave your bike.

Lock it
You should always carry a secure lock whenever you plan to leave your bicycle unattended. The U-locks have proven to be most effective, but like all locks they can be defeated. At Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we have bicycle locksU locks, and U lock combination kits.  Depending on your bicycle components, you may opt for one lock or multiple ones. 

Lock it correctly
Yes, there is a right way to lock your bike!  When locking any bike on the street, secure both the wheels and frame. (hint – that is why you may want more than one lock and opt for a combination kit.) Remove, or take with you, any easily removed bike parts. Specifically, remove cycling accessories, your helmet, locking skewers on wheels, locking saddle rings and  lights.  If you bike commute regularly, you may consider installing fixed baskets and panniers vs having removable ones.  It’s a good idea to have a messenger bag or something similar to use on a regular basis as well.  These are the basic necessities needed to secure your road or mountain bike while you’re away at work or running errands.  

Register it
No different than a car, it’s important to register your bike.  Start with documenting ownership of your bike(s): take photos and document the bike’s serial number and all bike parts. Retain all purchase receipts.  Next, register your bike with the National Bike Registry.  If you live in Denver you can register your bike at the Denver Bike Registry.   

What if your bike is stolen?
If your bike is stolen, act fast!  File a police report. Bike Denver offers more information including filing a police report.  You may be hesitant, but have an officer come and take down the report.  Alternatively, if you can, or go to the station with your information, including the bike’s serial number, make, model, and photos of the bike for the report. If you have any video surveillance of the incident—or know there were cameras in the area—include that information with the report.  Take action! Spread news about your stolen bike far and wide throughout your social networks. Post a photo of your bike on Facebook and Twitter and get your friends to repost. The more eyes you have on the streets looking for your bike, the far more likely you are to uncover it.

Prevent bike theft by adhering to the above tips. Of course, no one is guaranteed that their bike will be safe, but these tips will help keep you and your bike safe.


Know the Rules of the Road – Register for Our Bike Safety Class

May 19, 2016

Now that the rain has passed and spring has officially sprung, the roads and mountain bike trails on the Front Range trails are beckoning us to ride them.  Anticipating the fresh air and the sun on our faces, it’s easy to get caught up in the experience and forget critical riding safety tips that were all so familiar at the end of last season.

Now is the time to check your bike for spring riding! Do you have a flat that needs changing? Are your brakes working properly? Is your chain lubed?  Do you need new bike parts?  But wait!  It’s not all about the bike, right? Spring is also the time to reacquaint yourself with bike safety, the rules of the road, and proper cycling etiquette.  In fact, the most important thing a cyclist can do to ensure bicycle safety is to follow the rules of the road.

To help you start the season off right,  Peak Cycles/Bikeparts.com in Collaboration with the Foothills Running and Cycling Club is hosting a League of American Bicyclists Bike Safety Class. The feature presenter will be Golden’s very own Megan Hottman aka “The Cyclist Lawyer“. This is a great opportunity to get caught up on bike safety and the current rules of the road in Colorado.  Learn what the laws are for cyclists; how you legally and appropriately ride on public roads; what the rules are for turning, stopping, passing; your rights and obligations; become educated on bike safety, commuting and much, much more!  And…it gets even better! On the night of the event, Peak Cycles will be offering a 15% discount for all items, including bikes.  Keep in mind, discount excludes already discounted bikes and items. 

  • When: Thursday, June 16th from 6PM – 9PM
  • Where: Peak Cycles, 1224 Washington Ave #145, Golden, CO 80401
  • Who’s it for: All cyclist!  We will provide you with materials and guidance, as well as the laws and etiquette you need to take to the roads and trails. You will leave feeling more informed, more secure in your rights and obligations as a cyclist, and more confident and comfortable as you embark on your cycling journey.   

Join the fun! There will be food, drinks, cycling education, and even bike parts to drool over!  Become a street smart, savvy, safe, educated, conscientious cyclist.   Register today!  


How to Cycle Smart and Safely: Register Now for Peak Cycles- Biking 101

April 10, 2014

photo credit: League of American Bicyclist

Have you noticed?  Spring is here!  And you know what that means, right? The cycling season has launched! Hurray!

Now is the time to check your bike for spring riding! Do you have a flat that needs changing? Are your brakes working properly? Is your chain lubed?  Do you need new bike parts?

But wait!  It’s not all about the bike, right? Spring is also the time to reacquaint yourself with bike safety, the rules of the road, and proper cycling etiquette.  During the winter months, it’s easy to forget many of the basics to riding safely on the road.  And, drivers forget to look for cyclist when they are driving as they transition from the winter to springtime.   No fear – help is near!

Join us for a FREE class offered to all cyclists on laws are for cyclists. Learn what the laws are for cyclists; how you legally and appropriately ride on public roads; what the rules are for turning, stopping, passing; your rights and obligations; become educated on bike safety, commuting and much, much more!  REGISTER HERE.

When:
May 5, 2014
6:30 PM

Where:
Peak Cycles
1224 Washington Ave #145
Golden, CO 80401

Who’s it For:
All cyclist – especially new cyclist.  We will provide you materials and guidance, as well as the laws and etiquette you need to take to the roads and trails. You will leave feeling more informed, more secure in your rights and obligations as a cyclist, and more confident and comfortable as you embark on your cycling journey.

Don’t miss out! There will be food, drinks, cycling education, and even bike parts to drool over!  Become a street smart, savvy, safe, educated, conscientious cyclist.   See you on May 5th at 6:30! 

REGISTER TODAY


Pedal Power for Good: Kicking off National Bike Month in May at Peak Cycles

April 25, 2013

April showers bring May flowers and for us in Golden, Colorado – a long overdue start to the bike riding season!  May is recognized as National Bike Month and as a local bike shop and an online bike parts store serving the nation,  we couldn’t be happier!  Bike commuting, road riding, and mountain bike riding are all part of living a healthy lifestyle but they also serve as alternative transportation, helping the environment, as well as getting families, businesses, and communities involved.

As supporters of several bike race teams and local events, we encourage you to put your pedal power to good use this bike month.  Get committed and enroll your family, colleagues and others to get on a bike! Ride! Here’s how you can participate in National Bike Month with us at Peak Cycling.

For your bike: The bike season is a bit overdue due to the linger winter weather.  Now is the time to dust off that bike, look it over, and perform any bike maintenance to ensure comfortable and safe riding.

  • Get a tune up
  • Replace old bike parts with new ones
  • Replace worn out gear like helmets , shoes , gloves
  • Treat yourself to one of our jerseys – ride local and proud
  • Set a milage goal for the month of May- get a new computer

For your family and friends: Bike commuting has numerous benefits: it improves your health, saves you money on car maintenance and gas bills, and overall, lightens your mood and refreshes your outlook.

For your business: Create a bike commuting program for employees. Bike commuting increases worker productivity, reduces parking cost, reduces carbon emissions and bicycles can be produced and maintained locally by local bike shops (like us – Peak Cycles) contributing to local job opportunities as part of a sustainable economy.

For your community: Bike riding offers a certain connection to the open air and the surrounding trees. It’s amazing how usual surroundings look different when on a bike.  It can can be done by toddlers, teenagers, youngsters and adults as well. It can be used as personal time to reflect upon your day or a means to unite friends for regular rides.

  • Explore and discover your local community by bike
  • Commute by bike for work and play
  • Learn how to use Google maps and the City of Golden website for bike routes

What are you waiting for?  Pump up your tires, lube your chain, and put your pedal power to good use!  Ride ON!