Protect your bike
We have partnered with West Midlands Police to help you protect your bike from theft:
Record as many details of your bike as you can, such as the make/model, frame number (normally found underneath the bike between the pedals or where the back wheelslots in), plus any other distinguishing features, and take a photo.
Security marking your bike using a SBD recognised asset marking kit, is another highly effective, visible deterrent to thieves.
- Lock your bike with a Police Preferred Specification. Always use two good quality locks, at least one of which is a D-lock*.
- Secure your bike as close to the stand as possible to give any thieves little or no room to manoeuvre. Lock the frame and both wheels to the cycle parking stand.
- Locks are considered more vulnerable when they come in to contact with the ground, so keep them off the floor.
*You can purchase our heavily discounted gold standard D-lock for just £10 at our travel shops in Birmingham New Street station and at Wolverhampton bus station.
Take parts that are easy to remove with you, such as the seat. Or use locking skewers or nuts which can increase security by securing the bike’s components to the frame permanently, making it difficult for thieves to steal detachable parts.
Consider safety bolts for wheels and seat post to decrease chances of your bike being stolen.
Lock your bike at recognised secure cycle parking. It should be well lit and covered by CCTV. Avoid isolated or dimly lit places, always leave your bike where it can be seen by passers-by.
Always keep your valuables secure when cycling. Don’t put them in open baskets or panniers.
Always pay attention to your surroundings, especially whilst stationary. Thieves target unsuspecting cyclists for both their valuables and their bikes.
This is very important to remember, as many bikes are stolen at home. Take the same care to lock your bike securely at home as you would on the street, use the same locks and security products such as ground anchors.
Avoid sharing pictures of your bike and its location anywhere online.
Further advice and lists of tested products:
Superior storage for your cycle
We have state of the art cycle storage hubs at Longbridge, Selly Oak, Rowley Regis and Stourbridge rail stations.