yesterday while i was taking my final at school (of all places), some "smart" guy decided to try to steal my wendy. how do i know? once i took off the u-locks and pulled her away from the rack i noticed she wasn't moving properly. her wheel was crooked, the breaks where rubbing tightly against the wheel, and it was difficult to move. i looked down at my front wheel and noticed that my quick release levers where undone and one side of the wheel was out of its dropouts. i wasn't too happy about this of course, i wasn't prepared as i only lived a few minutes away, and i was only in class for thirty minutes. this wasn't what i was expecting to celebrate the beginning of summer vacation.
yet, i don't think they realized how smart i was about locking my bike. i was taught that it's always a good idea to lock your wheels within the triangle of your frame with the rack. make sure to lock it tightly that way it ensures they don't have any space to break the wheel or lock. this is how i was lucky, as i'm sure they were having a difficult time trying to undo everything and finding they couldn't.
many bicycles become stolen because they weren't properly locked. to ensure that your bike does not go missing, i strongly suggest investing in a quality u-lock. when locking your bike don't just go locking up your frame to a post or rack, that makes it easy for thieves to break the lock and take your pride and joy. also if you have quick release wheels, make sure to lock those babies within your frame. i started carry two u-locks to secure my front and back wheel with my frame to ensure there is no chance of either one being taken. when i first started locking my bike this way it was a little difficult but you'll learn with more practice.
hope this helps you in learning how to secure your joy.
may my experience teach you to keep your bike safe and properly locked.