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Okay. So now we’re going to talk about locking up your bicycle in New York City. This is definitely one of the highest cities of theft, for bicycles especially, so you want to make sure that you secure your bike ’cause you don’t wanna come out and have your wheels missing or your frame missing or your entire bike missing ’cause that is never fun.

So let’s go through the different locks. So in New York City you want to make sure you’re getting a lock that’s usually around $60 or more and basically what that’s gonna assure is that you have the proper security rating. So all the locks are made out of different materials. If you get a lock that’s too cheap it’s gonna be really easy to break. Here at the shop with the tools that we have some of these locks can break really, really easily, so you want to make sure that you get a lock that’s $60 or more usually. So this is our most common lock. It’s a U-lock which are very, very strong. It’s not very big. The bigger that you go in locks the lower security rating they get ’cause it’s easier to put like a crowbar in there or like a car jack, something like that and break them open. So let me demonstrate how that works real quick on this bicycle. Legally you’re not supposed to be locking to signs or a street post and things like that, but a lot of the times you don’t have any other option, so just make sure that the sign or post has something at the top of it so somebody can’t lift your lock up and over and take it right off. Also never lock to scaffolding. Scaffolding can be undone.

Never lock to trees ’cause it hurts the trees and also the trees can be cut if they’re small enough. So basically what you want to do is you go up to the rack and you take your cable, unwind the cable, and you’re gonna put it through your front wheel and weave it through the hole here. And then you’re gonna take your U-lock and you want to make sure that you’re locking to the frame, or if you want to protect your back wheel a nice thing to do is to go inside this triangle, so you have a back triangle on your bicycle, and you can actually go through. Make sure you’re attaching to the actual rack and go through and attach to the wheel. Attach to the actual rim and then put the cable on, make sure it’s locked, give it a nice tug, make sure it’s locked securely. Basically what that does is it locks your back wheel with the U-lock and your frame because even if you took the wheel off it can’t get outside the frame just ’cause you’re inside the triangle, so it’s a nice way to lock it up. Or you can just, if you’re going into a store really quickly, you can lock up just to the frame and hope that your wheel is still there when you come back. We recommend a lot of people get these pinhead locks. Basically what it is, is it replaces the quick release and uses a key mechanism to keep ’em safe.

That’s a really nice thing because then you don’t have to use this cable. You can just have the pinheads on. Make sure you keep the key with you in your repair kit and just lock the frame and basically your wheels and your frame will be locked, and make sure you have the seat chain and don’t leave it out for very long. In New York City or most cities, you don’t want to leave your bike out for more than an hour or two and you definitely don’t want to leave it out overnight if you don’t have to. What you want to do is you want to lock down anything that is easily taken off, so your wheels, your frame, and your seat post, and just don’t leave it out for very long. That’s how you lock your bicycle.


Michael Cher says:

why they use cable? easy to cut with bold cutter or special cable cutter!!!

Joshua Guss says:

1:31 WTF you mean “It hurts the trees”? Trees don’t have no nerves, they don’t feel nothing.

Daniel S. says:

It is indeed a good lock thanks dor the review. Bought it and also have done a video on my channel. Cheers.

JimexJimex says:

What is a bicycle “safety lock”?

stabilisedchaos says:

Be careful guys,they are using the bike as leverage now to break even the best U lock,they pick it up turn it upside down and spin the entire bike until the lock breaks,use 2 locks to stop them spinning/rocking  it.

I love Kit Kats a lot says:

the seat though

Tone Davis says:

Get pinhead locks

wades623 says:

here’s how you should do it, put cable through the back wheel and frame then choke it then run the other end and put it around the thing you are locking it to then through the front wheel then when locking the frame put the loop on the lock.
you really didn’t do that good of a job explaining how to do that

Francis O'Myo says:

One cut will defeat the Kryptonite Evolution Mini lock. NEVER use it as your primary lock.

A cable can be snipped with a pocket tool.

Make sure that the object you’re locking to isn’t an old, brittle cast iron railing.

Whilst the Shelton Brown method is generally respected it could encourage a thief to  ‘have a go’ and damage your bicycle.

A good combination is:

ABUS X-PLUS 54 230mm
Kryptonite Evolution Mini (secondary)
PitLock skewers and seatpost bolt.
Solder in headset bolts.

Bananas and Bass says:

Why not lock the back wheel + the frame??? 
I wouldn’t just lock the wheels in place. There’s still a way to leave the wheels locked to the object and someone stealing your frame only.

TechOutsider says:

What does this say about our cities? Cesspools of human trash. 

Aryan Adibmehr says:

just never lock your bike anywhere, if you really have to then have a cheap bike for thrashing around town and locking it around 

Wilson Linville says:

Great tips on locking my bike!

Adrian Peterson says:

What’s the cable size?

KandyMan says:


Cash4Fruit says:

“How to protect your wheels and nothing else.”

mike live says:

1:31 “Never lock to trees because it hurts the trees” LOL!

Adam Morrell says:

cables that thin are a waste of time as to easy to snip, as a 3rd lock after HEAVY duty U lock and thick chain is ok

ddnn3 says:

Lol, didnt even lock the frame…

joesamprerer says:

with just the back wheel locked, you can cut thru this wheel and take the rest of the bike


Forget any cable,,,,,they cut that stuff in 2 seconds.I know,,,,,,,i had my 3500 dollar Specialized stolen in 10 seconds flat !!!

Peruvian drummer says:

Cause it hurts the tree
im glad how cast made sure to include that!

Kevin says:

+Howcast he’s so stupid now anyone can easily take the wheels off and take the whole frame the bike.

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