Here at Project 529 we’re doing what we can to keep more butts on bikes by helping people recover their bicycles in the event they’re stolen. But we all know an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Locking your bike properly is the best deterrent against bike theft, but it’s surprising how many people don’t know how to do that.

Our favorite bike theft prevention advocate, Hal Ruzal from Bicycle Habitat in New York City got together with the good people at Streetfilms and made this fun and informative educational film. In it, Hal points out what’s right and what’s wrong with various scenarios, grading locking techniques along the way.

Hal Grades Your Bike Locking 2014 (Part IV) from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

The worst case scenario in bike theft is your whole bike goes missing, but thieves will also walk with whatever valuable parts they can easily grab. For this reason, Hal recommends using multiple locks to secure your front and rear wheels, as well as the frame.

Take notes, kiddos. And take multiple locks when chaining up your commuter bikes. Don’t forget to consider locking your saddle as well, and replacing the quick release seat clamp with a locking collar. This will ensure you’ve got a place to sit when you pedal home at the end of the day.

Enjoy your weekend. Ride more.

Hal Ruzal grading bike locking techniques

Hal Ruzal from Bicycle Habitat, NYC grades bike locking techniques.

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