A shield is an optional, tamper-resistant* decal that has a unique, seven character ID code for your bike that adds an extra identifier to your bike and also serves as 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. (We’ve seen it happen!)
If you are a member of a participating 529 university, building or club, you may pick one up directly through them. Otherwise, shields are available for purchase on Amazon, or in some bike shops. See our Shields and Goods page for a full list.
*Tamper-resistant meaning that once your shield is placed, it is very difficult not only to remove, but difficult to remove without leaving an obvious mess.