Here, let this dude with dreadlocks and purple socks illuminate you on the proper way to lock up your bicycle. Hal Ruzal, the longtime bike mechanic at Bike Habitat on Lafayette, may be a little "offbeat," but he definitely knows his stuff. Over the years he's made a series of handy videos critiquing New Yorkers' bike locking methodology. Here he is in action:
For those who can't be bothered to watch the whole thing, here's the takeaway: lock your back wheel and frame to something secure (NOT scaffolding) and also lock your front wheel to your frame. If your bike seat is removable, you're going to need to chain it to the frame because they'll steal that, too. And remember to take any detachable lights with you after you lock up. Also, hide your bike somewhere safe whenever Obama comes to town.