How to Steal a Bay Area Bike Share Bicycle – How Many Have Been Stolen or Vandalized Already? Harvest Harvest Time

You just jiggle it, the way they do in Paris, France.

Thusly:

Now here’s the scene yesterday down in the Mission District, with at least one person trying to hide this very obvious BABS ride. (At the very least,  we can say that  elements of the SFPD seem to think that this particular bike is in the custody of thieves)

So what’s the street value of one of these bikes? I don’t know. The one you can see here is pretty heavy so it’s not like anyone would want to make it a daily driver. I mean, if you want a daily driver, you can just go over the the Marin Bikes warehouse at 7th and Folsom and spend a couple hundred something. And then harden it up for the street, you know, with super glue and locks for parts, and throw in U lock and you’ll have a setup that’s three times as good with three times the number of gears for a third the price. (But of course, these bikes aren’t meant to replace daily drivers…)

Let’s see, what could one harvest? from these green machines? The tires and tubes for starters. And the chain at the very least. Oh, and how about the hidden GPS transmitter? That must be worth something. But the frame and the braking system, you’re probably going to want to chuck those.

And the wheels are held on with “Security Torx?” C’mon! I’ve got a set of those in my toolbox, so you gotta figure that the street has them as well, ’cause those BRIC countries churn them out and sell them cheap. Oh you all meant to say TS Torx? All right, but there’s a way around that as well

I’m thinking that the street will figure things out in a week or two, will do the math to see what the value of one these rides is IRL. It might not be worth the hassle of dealing with the cops if they attract too much attention and they can’t easily be stolen at the thieves market at 7th and Market.

What a normal town would have is a high resolution camera aimed at the parking stations with a retired cop monitoring a couple hundred monitors, but, of course, SF is not a normal town.

Oh well.

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