Whether you’ve just set-up your new e-bike or you’ve been riding one for a while, we know that you’ll want to take care of it as well as you can, securing it from opportunists and thieves.
As the UK’s leading specialist bike insurance provider, Bikmo knows a thing or two about keeping your e-bike safe and secure, so we’ve worked with the experts to produce some great tips to help you do just that. Plus, if you’re considering buying dedicated e-bike insurance, some of these tips could help you reduce your premium, while keeping your e-bike safer.
1. Choose a ‘Sold Secure’ lock
Locking up your e-bike securely is the best way to make sure it remains safe and sound when you’re not around. To lock your bike up properly, you should consider the quality and security of the lock that you’re using.
To help you pick a lock suitable for both the value of your e-bike and the level of security you want, look out for locks marked with a ‘Sold Secure’ endorsement, with ratings of bronze, silver or gold.
2. Locking your e-bike
Once you’ve found the right lock for your e-bike, you need to make sure that you’re locking it up correctly. After all, it’s no good locking the front wheel to a bike rack if a thief could take the rest of your bike, or if the bike rack itself isn’t secured!
Our first piece of advice is to ensure that the lock goes through the frame and is attached to an immovable object. Secondly, you can also encompass the wheels and saddle if the lock is large enough, or use a second lock to secure those parts.
3. Store inside at home
If you can, it’s always best to keep your e-bike in your home or in a locked garage or shed. This way it’ll be sheltered from the weather and away from prying eyes.
On top of this, you could invest in some internal security solutions, such as wall or floor anchors or fixed cycle racks. These can help to increase security should you be unfortunate enough to suffer a break in, or may even help to make a feature of your e-bike inside your house.
4. Storage away from home
When you’re out and about and need to leave your e-bike unattended, be sure to lock it up to an immovable object. At the same time, consider leaving it in a well-lit area if you can, with frequent pedestrian traffic. This means that your e-bike will be in plain sight, and will present a less appealing target to thieves who don’t want to be noticed.
The best places to find high-traffic locking areas are usually train or bus stations – this might sound counter-intuitive, but you also benefit from more extensive CCTV coverage that can spot any wrongdoers.
5. Remove those accessories
E-bikes tend to come with more attachments than regular bikes, which means you have to consider what you’re leaving behind when you’ve locked up your bike.
The most important thing to think about is your battery. Is it easily detachable or integrated in the frame? If it’s detachable, we recommend removing it and taking it with you, while if you have any form of immobiliser, be sure to use it, even if you’re only leaving it for a few minutes!
Plus, always remove detachable lights and pannier bags when you lock up your e-bike – these are easily stealable and attractive to a passing opportunist.
6. Invest in e-bike insurance
You can be the most careful e-bike owner in the world, but sometimes accidents or incidents happen which are completely out of your control. If you want real peace of mind, insuring your e-bike with specialist cycle insurance is an option you should consider.
With 49% of Bikmo’s claims being accidental damage, it’s safe to say that there are more risks than simply your e-bike being stolen. If you’d like to find out more about insuring your e-bike, head to our electric bike insurance page for more details on what cover and benefits you can get for your e-bike, as well as how to sign up for 14 days free insurance as a Pure Electric customer.