Sections in this article
- What’s a Shield and how do I get one?
- Shield Placement
- Shield Application
- Handling the Shield
- Need to Get it Off?
What’s a Shield and how do I get one?
A shield is an optional, tamper-resistant/weather-resistant* decal that has a unique, seven character ID code which adds an extra identifier and layer of protection for your bike. The shield sends a warning to bike thieves to back off because there will be a whole community of people who get notified if it ever goes missing.
In the event of a theft and law enforcement or an unknowing buyer finds a shield on your bike, they’ll be able to look your bike up on the 529 Garage and quickly get your bike back to you.
Shields are available for purchase through some participating partner agencies and local bike shops. Find a partner near you.
Tamper-resistant means that once your shield is placed, it is very difficult not only to remove, but difficult to remove without leaving obvious signs of tampering. Weather-resistant means that the shield will stand up to the wear and tear of environmental elements.
Where you place your shield is up to you, but we recommend placing the shields on the seat tube, just below the top tube. That way, it’s visible to act as a deterrent. The back of the seat tube works well too.
To help make it straight, try placing a strip of masking tape around the seat tube so that you have a clear straight edge to align the top of the shield with. It should make placement much simpler. Once you’ve applied the shield, it’s not moveable, so do be sure to know exactly where you want it and make sure the area is prepared.
Handling the Shield
When you are ready to place, peel the shield off from the one of the top corners. It should pull up fairly easily once you get it started.
If you do accidentally apply your shield incorrectly or have any issues with your shield, please [let us know] (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will void the shield number and send you a new one.
Need to Get it Off?
If you do need to remove your shield for some reason, the best approach is to use a firm plastic straight edge (try a credit card) to “scrape” the shield off. A bit of goo gone will help remove any adhesive that remains on the bike or on your fingers/credit card. It will likely take at least 10 minutes to remove. (they are intended to be hard to take off!)