Written by Rocky Burton. (2 February 2002)
As every biker knows, security is a major problem. Stopping grubby fingered little
gits is one thing, but how do you stop a group of determined, organised professionals with tools and a large van!
Unfortunately, I have been on the receiving end of both types and the experience is not pleasant.
If you love your bikes like I do (but not in that way,I'm not a pervert....honest!)
then I can't think of anything worse to happen, apart from crashes. When you first discover that your pride and
joy has been "Lifted" your stomach twists and you go through several mental states.
Firstly, you question yourself. Did I park it there? Did I lock it properly? etc.
Then it sinks in a bit but you still refuse the fact that it's gone and start searching, but by now it's miles
away. Anger rears it's head and you turn into The Incredible Hulk. Anyone is a potential bike thief but there is
nothing you can do so then you end up frustrated and pissed off, severely pissed off. By the way, if you was the
poor Somerfield employee who I grabbed by the scruff of the neck in the car park, I apologise.( I thought they
moved it or had it carted off for parking in the wrong place). I never saw that bike again.
Everyone has their own way of securing their bikes at home, but when your out,
it's a different story altogether. When Councils build car parks, they very rarely consider bike security and usually
leave a couple of spaces for bikes which inevitably are filled by cars.
The general rule is to make it as hard as possible for light fingered thief's
and just leaving your bike with a disklock on is no deterrent. Some alarms are good but again these can be by-passed
in less than 30 seconds by a pro. Also, it's no good spending a large amount of money on an alarm and immobiliser
if it's not fitted exactly right.
I prefer to use a combination of locks at home and when I'm out and about. A disk
lock, a rotalock, and a big fat chain with a good quality padlock, does the trick for me. The disklock up front,
the rotalock through the rear wheel and frame and the chain is to lock to any inanimate object around or your mates
bike as well. Drain covers next to the kerb on the road are handy and are bloody heavy and can just make things
a bit more awkward for thief's. In the U.S I don't suppose bike theft is much of a problem because everyone has
Fuggin big guns! If I could do it, I'd tie up a very hungry Rottwieller to my bike every time I leave it.
In the UK it is so easy to exchange your lovely shiny bike for a "Crime Reference
Number" that is worth absolutely F**k all. Get lazy and get your Bike nicked. It's as simple as that. I'm
off to drown my sad memories now.
All the best Rocky