By Provo city ordinance, all bicycles on BYU campus must be registered with the Provo Police. Click here to download the bicycle registration form, visit parking services in the JKB, or visit Outdoors Unlimited. You do not need to bring your bicycle, but it can be helpful if you have not yet filled out the form. Registration is free for BYU students. You will be given a licence sticker, and instructions where to place the sticker.
Registering your bicycle increases your chances of recovering your bicycle if it is stolen. (The total bicycle recovery in Provo is about 20%.) It also allows BYU Police to contact you if they impound your bicycle (for parking it in non-bicycle parking or for abandoning it).
To those who don’t know much about bicycles, here is some helpful information you’ll need to fill out the registration form correctly. BYU Police or BYU Outdoors Unlimited can also help you. After you’ve registered your bike, keep the information in a safe place. If someone steals your bicycle, the registration form will be helpful when you file a police report.
In addition to registering with the city of Provo, we recommend registering with bikeindex.org, the largest and fastest growing index. Best of all, it’s free too!
Click here to register at BikeIndex through the club.
- The serial number is most often found under the crank also known as the bottom bracket. In rare circumstances, a bike does not have a serial number, or it has rusted off. A BYU police officer can put a serial number on for you. Get more details on the location of your serial number at https://bikeindex.org/serials
- The frame size can often be found on a sticker near the serial number. If you cannot find the frame size, you can measure from the bottom bracket to the top of the tube where the seat post comes out of the frame.
- The “Wheels” number refers to the wheel size, specifically the circumference of the wheel. You can usually find this on the sidewall of the tire. Most mountain bikes are 26 inches.
- Types of bikes: Road bikes are the kind you’ll typically see people in biking shorts training on the road for a race or for exercise. Most college bikes are mountain bikes because they are affordable and sturdy. (As a side note, keep in mind mountain bikes are not as fast or effortless on the roads as road bikes, though mountain bikes are arguably more comfortable with shocks and larger tires.) On smooth roads, keep your tires inflated near the maximum pressure printed on the side of the tire to make pedaling easier and to avoid pinch flats.) Cruisers are in style now. They are the bikes with the curvy frames, and often include a basket in the front. BMX bikes have small frames and small tires. They are used for dirt jumps and extreme sports. They are popular to ride around town for some, but are very inefficient on the roads.
- The number of speeds of your bike may be printed somewhere on your bike, but it’s pretty easy to tell if you can’t find it. Count the number of gears on the back wheel (these gears are called the “cassette”) and then multiply that by the number of gears near the pedals. For example, if there are eight speeds on the cassette, and two gears near the pedals, you have an eighteen speed bicycle. If you have nine and three, you have a 27 speed bicycle.