Originally Posted by supcom
It may be the right way, but it's not the best way. Best is to remove the front wheel and enclose the rim within the U-Lock along with the rear wheel. This provides the maximum protection for the more expensive components. It also takes up the maximum space in the U-Lock so it's harder to use a leverage attack on it. Run the cable up through the seat rails and secure it to the U-lock.
Not ten percent of the bikes that I see at local colleges are locked correctly. Folks will only lock their bikes CORRECTLY on a consistent basis if they are taught techniques that are fast, easy, and idiot-proof.
Locking the front wheel to the rear wheel is time consuming. Putting the front wheel back on is time consuming. And, some folks have trouble getting the front wheel back on with the rim correctly centered between the brake pads, and remembering the close the brakes back to the proper position. And, a few people have been injured over the years, because they failed to correctly close the quick release after remounting the front wheel. Taking the front wheel off is an unnecessary waste of time and effort when better, faster methods are available.
Those extra long U-locks that are long enough to go around two mountain bike wheels, plus a locking post leave way too much room for a crook's prying and leverage tools. Extra long U-locks are a crook's best friend. A mini U-lock around the rear wheel ONLY leaves no room for leverage tools. Even a $30 OnGuard Mini U-lock is "immune" to leverage attacks.
I live and ride in a "high crime" neighborhood in Houston, the "crime capital" of Texas. I replace the quick release on my front wheels with a bolt. And, at night, or when my bike will be out of my sight for more than a few minutes, I loop a cable through the front wheel. About five seconds on or off. Likewise, the mini U-lock around the rear wheel also takes just five seconds on or off. A mini U-lock around the front wheel and a cable around the front wheel fully protects the bike and both wheels. And, using this method correctly can be done in just ten or fifteen seconds with a little practice.