How to Lock Your Bike Properly – Do You Make the Grade?

Hal Ruzal on StreetFilms

I cringe every time I see an expensive u-lock only holding a front wheel (with a quick release) to a bike rack. I cringe every time I see a thin coil lock being used as the only barrier between a beautiful commuter bike and a thief. If you’re not sure how to properly lock your bike (trust me, it’s simple when you know what to do) then here’s a fantastic video to help show you the best way to lock a bicycle. Do you make the grade?

About duncan

Duncan rides bicycles in the city of Toronto and contributes to the main blog of BikingToronto as well as writing and taking photos for his blog Duncan's City Ride.


  1. Hey! That’s great Duncan!

    What is it about people and their need to lean their garbage against something (usually my bike or a perfectly good empty bike lock-up)?

    Psychologists would have a field day with this one – does it make it less garbage – and therefore you less of an mess – if it’s leaning against something?

    Please be aware, folks who are charged with taking out the garbage, when I come back to my bike and find it buried under your garbage, it’s a double hit to my sense of the good in people.

    First you must think bikes and public bike parking areas are the same as garbage, and secondly, I have to do your job and pile your garbage somewhere more appropriate, so the next cyclist can use the lock-up I’m digging out.


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