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About Me – Who Am I?

Three year old me getting the hang of my new bike with my family!

Yo! I’m James Grear, a lifetime cyclist and the lead editor of BikeLockWiki.

I created BikeLockWiki in 2018 and have been researching & studying bicycle security since 2013. I Built BikeLockWiki to share the valuable security tips and tricks I’ve learnt with the worldwide cycling community.

Ultimately, BikeLockWiki was built in the hope that people don’t have to become a victim of bike theft to realise and understand the importance of bicycle security.

Throughout my time on two wheels, I’ve always been an active member of the cycling community.

As a teenager, I used to repair old battered bikes to keep myself or sell for some pocket money.

Because I enjoy bicycle maintenance, I’ve also volunteered with a charity close to my heart, The Bristol Bike Project.

The Bristol Bike Project gives back to the local community in Bristol and supports those who can’t afford to maintain or purchase a new bicycle. They run an earn-a-bike scheme where people can learn how to repair bicycles free of charge, before passing these skills onto newcomers and eventually being rewarded with a free bike! 

James Grear from BikeLockWiki at the Bristol Bike Project
Me at the Bristol Bike Project's new home in Easton, Bristol. I formerly volunteered whilst it was located at Hamilton House in St.Pauls!

I’ve spent a lot of my life riding and have always tried to engage with my local cycling communities over the years.

Unfortunately along with many other cyclists, I have been a victim of bike theft multiple times.

Before I began researching bicycle security I’d had three bikes stolen along with countless accessories including saddles, seat posts, wheels, handlebars and bike lights.

Yep, you name it, if it’s anything to do with a bike, chances are I’d had it stolen.

None of the bikes that I had stolen were significantly expensive, but they all held sentimental value and I was absolutely gutted on all three occasions.

However, I didn’t let these thieves get in the way of my love for cycling and here I am, providing weird and wonderful bicycle security and cycling information for the cycling community years down the line!

Since 2017 I have been riding a BMC Time Machine TMR02 for fitness and leisure. I also ride a Specialized Langster which is less appealing to thieves and I use this bike when I need to lock up for longer periods.

James Grear from BikeLockWiki riding a bike as a child
My parents got me into cycling as a youngster and we often rode the Cornish coast. Here I am looking as cute as ever on the Camel trail, from Wadebridge to Padstow.

At the moment I’m riding and locking my bike on the streets of London almost ever day, which means I’m riding and locking in the highest risk areas in the UK.

However, after studying bicycle security for many years, I haven’t had a single bike or component stolen (*knocks on wood*).

Cycling became my passion at three years old in my grandparent’s back garden. I would wake up in the morning and cycle the day away. Eat, sleep, cycle, repeat.

Fast forward just over 20 years and almost nothing has changed, apart from the fact that I no longer cycle around my grandparent’s garden!

During my time on two wheels, I’ve been a keen road cyclist, cycle courier, mountain biker and commuter.

I’ve often found myself with two or three different bikes, and at one stage I foolishly thought I knew everything there was to know about bicycle security. This was until I was lucky enough to have my first bicycle stolen!

Three year old me at the park - If it had two wheels, I was riding it!

As a paperboy, I used to put money aside every week to buy and build the cycles of my dreams.

However, I never considered putting any amount of money towards a quality bike lock. I would kit my ride out with all the gadgets and gizmos, only to secure it with a flimsy cable lock.  

You call me naive and I’ll agree, I was. But you’d be surprised walking around town, just how many people do the same as I used to! A whole lot of bike, secured with a cheap and cheerful bike lock. 

After unsuccessfully trying to track down my prized ride, I began researching how to increase the security of a bicycle whilst it’s locked.

I was surprised to find out how much there is to learn about bicycle security, but how hard the really valuable information was to find. 

Deliveroo rider
Me on my BMC TMR02, working as a Deliveroo cycle courier.

In my opinion, every cyclist should consider their bike lock as a detachable component of their ride.

In other words, if you have invested a reasonable sum of money into your bike or it has sentimental value to you then you should match this with a valuable/good quality lock.

Not only will this provide you with that much-needed peace of mind, but if used correctly your quality bike lock should save you from splashing out on a replacement bike!

Unlike other most other content creators, I don’t recommend products with bias as BikeLockWiki is a passion and a long-term project of mine.

Subsequently, there’s no room for bias in the content I produce. As a cyclist who’s had multiple bikes stolen and been through many useless cycling accessories, I don’t recommend products based on the potential for financial gain. 

All of the products I recommend, I’ve tested and used so that you can be sure they’re not a waste of time and will provide you with value for money. 

If you’ve read this far, hopefully, you now understand a little more about me and BikeLockWiki!

I always love hearing from my readers, so if you have any questions or suggestions related to BikeLockWiki, me or anything else, send me a message using the contact form found at the bottom of the page and I’ll get back to you!

As always, lock it or lose it!

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Hello! My name’s James, I’m an avid cyclist and the lead editor of BikeLockWiki.

I’ve invested over four years into researching & studying bicycle security. Now I want to share the information I’ve learnt, for free, with the online cycling community.

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