Pro Velo recommends all cyclists to have their frame engraved. In the fight against bicycle theft, an engraved national registration number is your ultimate proof of ownership. On the basis of this number, the police can easily identify your bike and contact you as the rightful owner.
How does this work?
Take your bike and your national registration number to be engraved in the bicycle frame. In addition, a distinctive sticker will be placed on top to discourage potential thieves even more. Engraving carbon frames poses a risk, because this will cause the factory warranty to expire. In this case, note down the factory frame number in your bicycle pass/invoice as proof of ownership. Some engraving machines also do not work on curved frames (folding bikes).
Marking bikes can also be done by placing a distinctive sticker on the frame, without engraving. Currently, studies are underway to establish if the bicycle chip according to the Dutch model can be introduced in Belgium (Blue-bikes already use the RFID technology in this context).
Where and when?
- At Pro Velo on Wednesdays. Our engraving machine does not work on curved frames (folding bikes). We also engrave at different locations (48 euros an hour, book by calling 02 502 73 55).
- At CyCLO or bike point North, Central, Midi or Luxemburg: from Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- At Les Ateliers de la rue Voot's bike point in Auderghem on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. tot 5.30 p.m. and on Fridays from 4 p.m. till 8 p.m..
- At the Auderghem House of Prevention: every last Thursday of the month, appointment required by calling 02 435 26 00.