How the Little Monsters of San Francisco Steal Your Bike: First Immobilize, Then Come Back for the Kill

The owner of this ride first “lost” a wheel to a professional junkie / bike thief. Then the owner left the immobilized bike parked on the mean streets of San Francisco overnight. Then the thieves came back to finish the job.

Thusly: 

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Was this an especially desirable bike?

Nope. (Note carpet remnant used as saddle upholstery.)

Wouldn’t it make more sense if the thieves were able to steal the whole bike?

Yep.

You know, back in the day, about twenty years ago, bike thieves would aspire to steal your whole bike. Thieves would carry around car jacks stolen from Volvos so they could be used to pry apart U-locks.

I think I’d prefer that, losing the whole bike, over coming back and seeing something like this.

You know, back in the day, horse thieves would steal your whole horse. They wouldn’t just take the tail or a leg and then leave you with a horse carcass.

Let’s make this a rule: Bike thieves, take the whole bike or nothing at all.

End of line. 

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