First off, you need a good quality D-lock, the smaller the better. The smaller it is, the harder it is to prise the lock apart. This is because it is harder to get a crowbar or car jack into the open space in the lock, especially when the secure bike rack and frame of the bike is also in there.
A secondary lock is probably also needed to secure the front wheel and/or saddle if it's easily removable. A lighter duty cable lock is all I use, and is admittedly the weakest link. The way I see it is that it's cheaper to replace a front wheel or saddle than it is the whole bike.
Let's see how to secure the bike with a D-lock
|D-lock securing rear wheel and frame|
Now let's look at the front of the bike
|Securing the front wheel and saddle|
The whole picture
|A fully secured bike|
One last thing...
Below you will find a map of secure bike racks I have used in Bishop Auckland and Spennymoor. I'll be adding to this map in future so keep it handy. If you would like to add any bike parking, get in touch or leave a comment below. Also, any tips you may have for securing your bike leave below in the comments section too.
Thanks for reading and here's to stopping bike thieves!
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