Locking an electric bike is similar to locking a regular bike.  The rise in e-bike popularity has also led to a rise in theft. Electric bikes are particularly attractive to thieves due to their high resale value and ease of theft. It is important to be cognizant of risks and to protect your electric bike from theft.

Here are some steps you can follow to lock your electric bike:

Choose a Secure Location

Choosing a secure location to lock an electric bike is an important step in preventing theft.

Look for a location that is well-lit and visible to the public. This makes it more difficult for thieves to access your e-bike without being noticed.

Choose a location that has a higher amount of pedestrian activity, as this makes it less likely that a thief will attempt to steal your bike in a busy area.

If possible, try to lock your e-bike in a place that has security cameras, this can deter thieves and make it easier to identify them if they do steal your bike.

Find a location that has a bike rack or other fixed object to which you can secure your bike. Avoid locking your bike to trees, fences, or other unstable objects that can be easily cut or removed.

When possible, try to lock your e-bike indoors, such as in a bike locker, garage, or other secure location.

Use a High-Quality Lock

Using a high-quality bike lock is a critical step in protecting your electric bike from theft. A good bike lock should be durable, difficult to cut or break, and resistant to tampering. Here are some types of locks you can use to protect your electric bike:


U-locks are made of hardened steel and offer excellent protection against cutting and prying. Look for a U-lock with a thick shackle and a durable locking mechanism.

Chain Locks

Chain locks are made of heavy-duty steel chains and offer greater flexibility than U-locks. Look for a chain lock with a thick chain and a strong locking mechanism.

Folding Locks

Folding locks are compact and easy to carry, but still offer good protection against theft. Look for a folding lock with a strong joint mechanism and a thick, durable locking bar.

Cable Locks

Cable locks are lightweight and easy to use, but offer less protection than other types of locks. Look for a cable lock with a thick cable and a strong locking mechanism.

Secure the Bike Frame

Pass the lock through the bike frame and the fixed object you are locking the bike to. Make sure the lock is snug and secure, with no slack that could allow a thief to leverage it open.

Secure the Wheels

If you are particularly concerned with the area you are locking your bike, securing the wheels with a secondary lock or a cable is a good backup measure.

Take the Battery With You

Similarly, if you are in an area where your e-bike is vulnerable or sitting out for a long time, it can be worth it to take your battery off the bike if it is removable. This makes the bike less attractive to thieves.

Register your Bike

Register your bike with the manufacturer and with your local police department. This will make it easier to recover your bike if it is stolen.

Keep Your Electric Bike Safe!

By taking the time to choose a secure location to lock your bike, using a high-quality lock, and properly securing the frame, you can significantly reduce the risk of theft.  None of these steps guarantee that your e-bike will stay safe from theft, but every little bit helps. Remember that prevention is key and investing in good locks and taking proper precautions can help keep your bike safe.