Cycling enthusiasts will have been following Chris Froome’s jaw dropping performance in this year’s Tour de France, winning the general classification with a final time of 83 hours, 56 minutes and 40 seconds. If that wasn’t impressive enough, he was close to winning the event’s King of the Mountains classification as well, only to lose out to his nearest rival Nairo Quintana. Froome’s yellow-accented Pinarello Dogma 65.1 is possibly the most photographed bike on the planet at the moment.
An increasing number of Britons are taking to their bikes in emulation of their hero. While this trend’s great for physical fitness and reducing your carbon footprint, there is a downside that many bike owners may not have reckoned with: should your bike be stolen away from home, one in three insurance companies will not cover your loss. Even if you’re fortunate enough to be with a company that does covers the theft, the news is mixed at best: half of policies have an excess of £100 and above, while 42% of policies only cover bikes worth up to £500. When you consider that Team Sky’s bikes are worth £13,000 each, this isn’t very comforting.
Bike theft is a common crime; more than half a million bikes are estimated to be stolen each year. If your bike wasn’t securely locked up, your insurance company is more than likely to reject your claim. If it was stolen from your home, it should be kept inside a garage or shed; if you’re out and about, you should secure it to a fence or building with a high quality lock, even if you’re only leaving it unattended for a few minutes.
If you regularly have to use your bike away from home, using one of our lockup garages to keep it safe is an ideal solution. With 900 different locations across the UK, there is sure to be one in close proximity to your home or work. If you’re looking to rent a garage in London, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 020 8882 8575.