I’m a self-confessed lover of commuting, it’s a great way to stay active in the week and is much more fun than being stuck in traffic when travelling to the office. But I always encounter a problem once I reach my destination, how do I know my bike will be safe and secure when I’m not on two wheels?
If you’re asking the same question as me, hopefully our top tips on storing your bike in the city will help you out…
Bikmo’s 5 top tips to cycle storage in the city
1. Spokesafe bike storage
If you’re lucky enough to work near Oxford Circus and you commute to work, you should know of this hotspot for bike storage. Spokesafe have created a fully secure, purpose-built bike storage facility which comes with 24/7 access, a free locker for helmets and accessories, and a repair station with pump.
It also looks super slick too, located inside Q Park, Cavendish Square (unfortunately not named after the 30 TDF stage winner Mark Cavendish), you can secure your bikes in style and know that your bike is just as secure as the cars surrounding the Spokesafe storage. Rumour has it they’re looking at opening another Spokesafe soon, so keep your eyes peeled and if you’re lucky enough their next bike storage will be near you!
If you’re looking into getting a Spokesafe storage spot, check out their pricing right here.
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2. Lock your bike up correctly
It seems like quite an obvious one, but on so many occasions I see bikes ‘locked up’, but they aren’t actually locked up, only the wheel is. Unfortunately, if you lock your bike through quick-release wheels and not the frame, a pesky thief can take your bike in a matter of seconds and wheelie into the distance with your prized possession.
Make sure to use the image below as a reference on how to lock your bike up properly. If you’re not sure what lock you should be using or how you should be locking your cycle up when you leave it, be sure to check our locking requirements for further info.
If you live in a city, you’ll know the struggles of getting your bike into your flat/house, or worrying about it being locked up outside. Cyclehoop understands this and they’ve created cyclehangars in cities across the world so you can have peace of mind while you’re sat in the comfort of your home.
We’re also the only bike insurer to recognise cyclehangars as a suitable storage option for long periods of time, so if you’re insured with us you have even less to worry about when you lock your bike up one of Cyclehoop’s innovative cyclehangars.
4. BIKE-DROP’s valet-style cycle parking
5. Finding cycle parking
In the UK we’re quite lucky because there tends to be a decent amount of cycle parking in our cities, but that’s not saying they’re easy to find. Thankfully, the London Cycling Campaign have created Urban Cycle Parking which includes a map of cycle parking in the UK, anyone can send in information of cycle parking facilities and it all gets collated on the map.
The more cyclists that contribute the better, so make sure you share it with your commuting friends! Soon enough I’m sure we’ll have a full picture of all the cycle parking in the UK, then it’ll be as simple as clicking on your phone and finding the nearest cycle parking to you.
Although theft might be the worst of your worries when it comes to your bike’s safety, our claims statistics show that the majority of our claims are for accidental damage (53.7%). So if you want peace of mind while you’re off or on the bike, get a quote for cover which includes accidental damage, theft, vandalism and much more!