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12 tips for keeping your e-bike safe and secure

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Introduction

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An electronic bicycle, also known as an e-bike, power bike or booster bike, is a bicycle with an integrated electric motor which can be used for propulsion. E-bikes are the electric motor-powered versions of motorised bicycles, which have been in use since the late 19th century. Many kinds of e-bikes are available worldwide, from e-bikes that only have a small motor to assist the rider’s pedal-power, to more powerful e-bikes which tend closer to moped-style functionality: all, however, retain the ability to be pedalled by the rider and are, therefore, not electric motorcycles.

E-bikes use rechargeable batteries and the lighter ones can travel up to 25 to 32 km/h (16 to 20 mph), depending on local laws, while the more high-powered varieties can often do in excess of 45 km/h (28 mph). Depending on local laws, many e-bikes (e.g., pedelecs) are legally classified as bicycles rather than mopeds or motorcycles. This exempts them from the more stringent laws regarding the certification and operation of more powerful two-wheelers, which are often classed as electric motorcycles.

E-bikes cost, typically, anywhere between US $1,500 to US $7,900, so as an asset, are definitely worth protecting. Whilst you may have selected a good electronic lock, there are some other e-bike safety techniques that can help you further  protect your investment. By practicing these simple habits you can rest easier knowing your e-bike is safely protected.

Here are 12 tips for keeping your e-bike safe and secure

1. Location

Try to park your bike in a public place where there are a lot of people in the vicinity. Thieves are less likely to steal your bike in a public place, because it is harder for them to break the lock when there are a bunch of people around.  Try not to leave your electric bike locked up somewhere overnight.

2. Find a secure structure or thing to which to attach your bike.

For example, a bike parking area that is attached to concrete, or a tree, street sign, or street light. Make sure your bike cannot be lifted over the tree, sign or light.  Avoid parking meters for this reason! A solid fence or railings are also a good choice, but avoid a chain link fence as a thief could easily cut this.

Rental bicycle pick up station in the city street

3. When at home keep your bike out of sight

When you are at home, keep your bike in your garage, shed, under a tarpaulin, and never in front of the house in plain sight. Thieves will spend time scoping out a neighbourhood before they make their move.  Don’t let them see your e-bike!

4. Be considerate in high traffic areas

Try to have some consideration where you park your bike. Some areas may not work because it will cause to much congestion where people are walking by.  This can be especially true if you are locking up multiple bikes.

5. Take your lights with you if they are detachable

Take your lights with you if they easily detach from your bike.

6. If your e-bike display is detachable take it with you

Some displays easily detach from the handlebars and will not allow the thief to ride away on your bike with electric assist.

7. Lock your helmet to your bike

If you are in a high theft area you may want to route your bike cable through the vents in your helmet.  Routing the cable through the helmet straps also works.

8. Use different locks

It is a good idea to use different locks, such as a strong lock when you are leaving your bike somewhere for extended periods of time (at work) and a lighter duty lock for short periods of time (errands).  You could keep your heavy duty lock at work all the time and carry the light duty with you.

Bicycle lock

9. Make a note of your e-bike’s serial number  

In the event that your e-bike is stolen, you will need your serial number to give to the police and to provide on any organisations that track lost bikes. Some thieves will try and file off the serial number, so you may want to hide a piece of paper with your contact information in the handlebars or seat tube of the bike.

10. GPS/Smartphone Tracking

Some e-bikes now offer GPS/Smartphone tracking systems, triggering alarms if someone tries to tamper with your bike and sending a message to your smartphone. The GPS tracking meanwhile will show you the exact current location of your bike. Some of these apps also provide some ride data like ride duration and performance, money saved, carbon offset, total miles ridden, message log and last trip.

11. Get Electronic Bike Insurance

There are a number of insurance companies now that offer electronic bike insurance policies covering theft, physical loss, damage, and liability. Optional coverage includes liability coverage to cover the rider in case of injuries or property damage caused by the insured cyclist; Medical Payments to cover medical costs of the policyholder associated with a cycling accident; and Vehicle Contact Protection for medical costs associated with accidents caused by an automobile. Additionally, some policies offer Roadside Assistance, providing the cyclist a service vehicle ride in the event of an e-bike accident.

12. Register your bike with one or all of these organisations

Depending where you are based you might want to register your bike with one, or all, of the following organisations.

Conclusion

Bike theft is a concern for any cyclist but when you add an expensive battery, sensitive display panel and a bunch of high-tech accessories like lights, a seat post suspension and phone mounts to the mix, the stakes get even higher. Given the high cost of an e-bike it is worthwhile, therefore, taking some basic safety precautions, so that you have peace of mind knowing that your bike is secure and safe from thieves

 

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