Electric bicycles don’t come cheap. You might already have purchased a lock for your electric bicycle but there are a few more safety tips that you can follow to safeguard your investment. Here are 5 of them:
1. Park your electric bicycle in a public area.
Thieves will be more hesitant to steal your bicycle in public areas. It is more difficult for them to break locks when there are many people around. Don’t leave your bicycle locked up somewhere overnight. Try to park your bicycle to parking area that is attached solidly to concrete. A tree or a street sign or a street light might be a good idea to park your electric bicycle nearby. Make sure that your bicycle cannot be lifted over the light, sign or street light. Avoid parking meters for this very reason. A solid fence would be also a good idea and not just a chain link because chain links could be cut easily with pliers. A hand rail is attached solidly to a sidewalk or wall. When you are parking your bicycle in high traffic areas make sure that you are respectful where you park your bicycle. Some areas might not work because these areas are going to cause congestion when people walk by. This is true especially if you lock several bicycles.
2. Lock your helmet to your electric bicycle.
If you are in an area that is prone to theft, you could want to route your bicycle cable through your helmet vents. Routing the cable through the straps of your helmet would also work and if your electric bicycle can be detached, you can take the helmet with you. Some displays can be easily detached from the handlebars and will not left the thief ride away on the bicycle with electric assist. Take the lights with you if they can be removed from the bicycle. For your accessories and your locks, attachments that let you carry the lock on the bike’s frame. You could find it very convenient to use a messenger bag, backpack or bag which fits on the rack of a bicycle to carry the lock and the accessories such as display, lights, jacket, tools, pump, wallet, keys and more.
3. Get a strong bike lock for work and a lighter lock for errands.
A good rule to live by is to have a strong lock when you leave your bike somewhere for long periods of time (at work) and a lighter duty lock for short periods of time (errands). Imagine the time it is going to take a thief to break the lock and you are going to see why a light-duty lock could work for errands. You can keep the strong lock at work all the time and carry the light duty with you. Also, when you are at home, keep your bicycle out of sight. Keep your bicycle in your shed, garage, under a tarp, inside your house, etc. Thieves are going to spend time scoping out a neighborhood before they make the move. Do not let them see your bicycle. Record the serial number of your electric bicycle. During the event that your electric bicycle is stolen, you must have your serial number given to the police and to give any fliers that you could post on the store about your stolen electric bicycle. Usually the serial number on a bicycle could be found at the bottom of the bottom bracket (where the bicycle cranks are). Some thieves are going to go as far as filing the serial number so you might want to hide a piece of paper with your contact information on the handlebars or the seat of the tube of the bicycle.
4. Use GPS or mobile phone tracking
Mobile phone tracking is the determination of the location or the position of a mobile phone whether you are moving or if you are stationary. Localization could happen through multialteration of radio signals between many cell towers of the network and the phone or simply through GPS. To locate a mobile phone with the use of radio signals, it has to transmit at least the roaming signal in order to contact the next nearby antenna tower. The process does not need an active call. The Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) is based on the signal strength of the phone to near masts of the antenna. Mobile positioning could include location-based services which disclose the actual position of a mobile phone. This is a technology used by telecommunication companies to estimate the location of a mobile device and also its user. For electric bicycles, Boomerang Cyclotrac is a GPS tracking device and alarm which is mounted to the bicycle at the water bottle cage. If someone attempts to tamper with the bicycle, the alarm is going to sound and your smartphone is going to alert you through the Boomerang app and the GPS tracking is going to show you where your bicycle is.
5. Register your bicycle.
Register your bicycle and you will get a badge attached to your bicycle with a QR code for scanning using a smartphone. Some organizations to register your bicycle are International Bike Registry, National Bike Registry and Stolen Bicycle Registry. You could also get electric bicycle insurance. For example, Velosurance provides electric bicycle insurance that covers a lot more than home owner or renter insurance policies coverage. Electric bicycles have a lot in common with cars, more than regular bicycles do. Because of this, the question of insurance comes up. As it turns out, bicycle insurance has been around ever since the early 80s in Europe. Among the pioneering companies, ENRA Insurance in the Netherlands, is still today. Back in the USA, on February 20, 2012, a company named Spoke Insurance was launched in California and during September of the same year, Velosurance was launched in Florida. In a lot of cases, homeowner or renter’s insurance won’t cover e-bikes for theft, damage or liability because the bicycle has a motor.
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