I saw a new post up about locking strategies locally. And I am wonder, how do you lock/secure your bike? Where do you park? And what other precautions do you take.
Our local tips:
How not to get your bike stolen in Oakland?or anywhere | Live Work Oakland
These tips included 2 u-locks! OMG, that sounds like way too much stuff to carry!
Here is my current strategy:
Kryptonite mini u-lock > around the frame in the rear wheel triangle (I've got a step through frame)
Cable for the front wheel
Small cable for seat (I've got a Brooks saddle) and helmet
Wheel locks from Pinhead
I generally park in front of my coffee shop, my neighborhood, and downtown. I haven't biked to work often. The first time, I brought my bike up, but it hardly fit in the elevator. The next time I parked on the street, fully locking with the cables. I don't think bike theft is an issue in my work city. Most bikes I see have cheap combo cable locks. And basic locks on cheap chains. Rarely is a u-lock used, and most of the u-locks are the $10 ones from Walmart. I figure my bike should be safe.
In my neighborhood, I usually just use the u-lock, if I am out for a short time. There are plenty of really pricy bikes around, with people who haven't even locked the wheel, and have mid-range big u-locks. So I figure if they feel OK, I am safe. Downtown, I am a little more cautious. I do a quick scan of the other bikes and locks, paying particular attention to the other leather seats. I decide to be more secure than my neighbors. Most people just have u-locks, and nothing on their seats. If I am going to be out a while, I use the secure bike lockers, if available.
So what's your lock strategy? Do you use tow locks? Is theft an issue in your area?
I am thinking of getting the pinhead seat lock, but I keep forgetting! It doesn't seem to be in stores, and I don't want to buy the wrong one.