Posts Tagged ‘lock’

OMG, the San Francisco Police Officers Association is Giving Away Kryptonite Bike Locks – Bicycle Theft Workshop at the Twitter Building March 13th

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Pretty much:

“1st 45 people who bring an old cable lock to SAFE Bikes event will get a new @kryptonitelock u-lock! http://www.safebikes.org/events.html  @SFPDBikeTheft

Check it:

But they have a few questions for you:





OK fine, but the Twitter Office isn’t all that exciting. Consider it a victory if they let you out onto the roof.

Oh and it it looks like the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has nothing to do with this event, except for parking bikes out front. Mmmm.

Anyway, enjoy.

How NOT to Lock Your Bike on Market Street, Even If You Can’t Find a Bike Rack or Parking Meter in Sight – An SFPD Sting?

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Of course there’s no room for a bike rack or two on this stretch of Market Street betwixt the big old Apple store of Union Square and the Powell Street cable car turnaround, but there’s plenty of room for useless, “aesthetic,” newspaper racks that sort-of-former Mayor Willie Brown put in to punish the local press back when he was a youthful lad in his 70′s.

Of course these days you’ve gotta have wheel locks, a headset lock and a seat tube lock and a decent U-lock on even a weekend MTB, right? Right.

Now of course that’s pretty much worthless when you hitch your horse to the handle of a newspaper rack door, but I figured I’d only be gone two minutes or so, thusly: 

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Of course when I came back two minutes later, an area bike thief was scoping out things, trying to see which tool in his collection would best remove the two spring hinges holding on the rack door. I approached  while rattling my keys loudly, as a kind of bear bell to not startle the local wildlife and he’s all, “Man I wasn’t trying to take the bike.” Then he followed up by saying that  he “could have had that door off in two minutes.”

Oh well.

Of course people are incorrect when they say SFPD enforcement actions on cyclists blowing through stop signs in the Wiggle area are “stings” because there’s no element of deception. But how about a different kind of police sting, one that has a bike worth stealing locked up to some fragile thing? ‘Cause the stings I’ve seen done by the SFPD involve parking a bike unlocked near the entrance of a Safeway and the people who steal those bikes might think that it’s, you know, it’s finders keepers. If I were on a jury, I’d prefer to see evidence of something being broken or picked before I voted guilty.

Of course, I’m only just saying.

How Abandoned Should a Bicycle Become Before It’s OK to Harvest It for Parts?

Monday, November 25th, 2013

I guess if a bike has been locked up for months at the same place outside, you could say that its owner abandoned it due to theft of parts, but is it right to take parts yourself?

I’d say when a stolen bike reaches this point, propped up against a garbage can, you can feel good about taking whichever parts you want:

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I don’t know which SFGov agency is in charge of clearing out San Francisco’s numerous locked-up bike carcasses. Maybe it’s DPW?

San Francisco Must Be the Bicycle-Stealingest City in the World

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

A quick-release skewer on your new mountain bike is a bug, not a feature:

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Area Bicycle Thief Claims He Could Have Stolen This MTB Locked Up on Market Street in Two Minutes

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Which is probably true.

But the thing is I only left it there for two minutes

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After a brief examination of the doors of this obsolete newspaper pedmount, the bicycle thief ran off claiming that he wasn’t trying to steal this particular bike.

On it goes.

Here’s a Detailed Report of the Big SFPD-Google Bike Theft Workshop – 720 Stolen in the Mission Per Year

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Not from me, oh no, but from PlattyJo.com, aka Jenny Oh Hatfield, who just nuts about bikes.

Here it is

Does this count as a bike theft? I’d say so:

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When You Need to Move Something Big Real Fast in San Francisco, Spirit Courier has the Right Bike for the Job

Friday, October 26th, 2012

See?

We’ve come a long way, baby.

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The modern-day warriors at Spirit Courier dominate the dojo that is the Financh, the Nine-Four-Triple-One

Check their cv’s.

Just saying.

A modern-day warrior 
Mean mean stride, 
Today’s Tom Sawyer 
Mean mean pride. 

Though his mind is not for rent, 
Don’t put him down as arrogant. 
His reserve, a quiet defense, 
Riding out the day’s events. 
The river

San Francisco’s Spirit Courier Uses an Unstealable Cargo Bike, So It Doesn’t Need to be Locked to Anything

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

See?

How would you like to drive this monster around the mean streets of San Francisco?

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Danish Cargo Bike Fever: Catch It

 

Happy Six-Month Anniversary to the Abandoned Women’s Bicycle of NoPA – May You Stay Chained Forever

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

I’m sure there’s a story that explains how the rear wheel on this bike got taco’ed, but no matter, this bike is now useless and abandoned and it’s going to stay exactly where it is forever:

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Apparently…

Nordstrom No-No: Foolish San Francisco Cyclist Walks Away From His Fixie Without Locking His Saddle and Headset

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

So this is what happens, somebody comes along and steals the saddle, fork and headset.

See?

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Oh, the hubris of leaving your bike only partially secured in front of the flagship Nordstrom in Mayor Ed Lee’s San Francisco…