There are various ways to store your bicycle at home so that it stays dry and is less vulnerable to damage and theft.
These include storing it indoors, locking it in an external building or chaining it to a permanent structure such as a bike rack or fence.
Storing Your Bike Indoors
You can store your bicycle inside your house or flat for extra security. This does mean that your bike may be in the way of your normal activities; you can reduce the inconvenience by installing hooks on a wall so that the bike can be lifted out of the way when not in use.
Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a garage or a shed where they can store a bicycle. If you need to keep your bike outside, be sure that you make life difficult for passing thieves by using one of the following suggestions:
- Locking it to a solid, immovable object (a fence, a drainpipe, a ground anchor etc).
- Making sure your bike can’t be lifted free.
- Using two locks, not just one.
- Keeping your bike in a well-lit area with good visibility.
Your two locks should be a D-lock, with which to secure your rear wheel; and a chain lock, which you use to secure your front wheel. The rear lock should be fitted through the wheel, around the seat stay and around the object it’s secured to. The front wheel chain lock should be threaded through the wheel, around the down tube and around or through the object you’re using to secure the bike.
Sheds and Outbuildings for Bike Storage
It’s very common to lock bikes in sheds and outbuildings for protection. Unfortunately thieves know this and such structures are often broken into. Your bike will be more secure, if you fit a good-quality lock on the door of your shed and in addition, you chain your bike up, as well as locking it away.
Storing Your Bike on a Landing or Other Shared Communal Area
If you live in a flat, shared communal areas such as landings are a possible location for bicycle storage. You’ll need to ensure that your bike is chained to something immovable, such as a handrail, using a minimum of two locks. If there’s nothing to chain your bike to, consider installing a ground anchor. Your landlord may be willing to do this for you. A ground anchor needs to be installed somewhere solid, such as a concrete floor.
You may find that several people in your building also have bikes and need somewhere to store them. In this case, consider clubbing together and building a cycle rack for everyone to use. A group of people petitioning the landlord for this kind of improvement is likely to be more successful than one person asking alone. In some cases, you may find that the landlord or building manager is prepared to add more sophisticated improvements, such as an outdoor bike shed for residents’ use.
As well as locking your bike to an immovable object and securing it with two chains, always remove any accessories when leaving it outdoors. Lights, saddlebags etc. are easily stolen. Some people also find it advisable to remove the saddle.