Bike theft is a huge problem, especially in urban areas, and it's not just a financial issue. It's an emotional one too. Your bike can have deep sentimental value, and it's devastating to have it stolen. But it's not just about the emotional impact. If you rely on your bike as your primary mode of transportation, having it stolen can be a huge inconvenience and disrupt your daily routine.
That's why it's crucial to invest in a good lock. There are many types of locks. U-locks as the best option, but it's important to find a lock that works for you and your bike. Chain locks can also be a good option for added security. As an added idea, a U-lock paired with a thick cable is a good idea.
Investing in a good lock is only part of the equation. You also need to know how to properly lock your bike. Lock your bike in a high-traffic area with many other bikes around an immovable object. Lock your frame away from the ground and make sure the lock is easily accessible but difficult for thieves to manipulate. Bike racks are great, gas pipes can be a good option too (they won't use an angle grinder because things could go boom). If locking to a pole make sure your bike can't simply slide up the pole and off.
So, if you're a cyclist, please invest in a good lock and take the time to properly lock your bike. It's a small investment that can save you a lot of heartache and inconvenience in the long run.