How to Properly Secure Your Bicycle
Make sure the U-lock passes through the center of the frame as well as both wheels!
1. Bike Rack
2. Front Wheel
3. Bike Frame
4. Rear Wheel
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Detach front tire
Place front tire against side of bike frame near the crank and pedals
Thread the U-lock through the bike frame, the front tire, and the rear tire
If the seat is fastened with a quick-release mechanism, take the seat with you if
possible
DO NOT USE CABLE LOCKS!
Improperly Securing & Locking Your Bicycle Makes It an Easy Target for Thieves
 Thieves specifically look for bikes vulnerable to parts removal. I.e unlocked quick-release tires
and seats
 Most thefts of bicycles occur because the lock being used is either a cable lock or is not secured
to a bike rack properly
Important Information to remember
 Know your bicycle’s serial number, make and model: If the bike is recovered, it will be easier for
police to return it to you.
 U of M students and faculty/staff can register their bicycles online in their electronic portfolio
accounts (https://portfolio.umn.edu) . By registering your property, you will increase the
chances of recovery should your property ever be lost of stolen.