I’ve been meaning to post these for a while, but never got around to it. Tucson Velo reader Scott B. sent in these great examples of how not to lock your bike from the University of Arizona campus.

7 thoughts on “Photos: How not to lock your bike”
  1. Oh, tell me the owner of #4 came back to find the bike still there but the lock was missing.

  2. Would a Google mapping of these photos indicate a problem with UA science and engineering programs?

  3. Bob, the starting point is to properly use good locks such as U-locks and/or dedicated bicycle chains; *not* cable locks.  There are no perfect locks.  The manufacturers of good U-locks and good chains provide instruction as to how to use their product, in the packaging.  If one has lost those instructions, try going to their websites, or just Google away.

    Yes, UAPD and Parking and Transpo might be wise to invest in a tutorial. But that would be costly…

  4. Bob, a good rule-of-thumb is to route your U-lock so that it captures the rack (or other solid closed structure that you’re locking to), part of the welded frame, and if you can, at least one wheel (around the rim, not just through the spokes).

    My personal favorites are 4 and 6, but I see lots of bikes that are locked only around the fork and a couple of spokes – like 2, 9, and 11.

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