Posts Tagged ‘lock’

NoPA Tableau: Accident-Damaged Bikes Live Forever on the Mean Streets of San Francisco

Friday, September 30th, 2011

I don’t know how long this ride has been sitting locked up on Fulton in the NoPA part of the Western Addition but it feels like a period of months now:

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Sometimes it falls down, but then people prop it up again.

The rear wheel has been pretty much taco’ed – see?

I’ll bet there’s a story behind that.

Now you’d think the cop who’s walking a beat in this area (while constantly swinging his billy club) around would notice at some point and have this bike hauled away…

You’d think.

Teach the Children Well: Proper Bike Security is the First Lesson to Learn on the Mean Streets of San Francisco

Monday, August 29th, 2011

See?

That heavy-duty chain and tiny U-lock probably outweigh this wooden push-bike:

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Does the kid wear the chain bandolier-style when s/he’s riding? That’d be sweet…

“Street Cuffs” are No Match for the Bike Thieves of San Francisco – The Little Monsters Will Get You Regardless

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Thusly.

As seen on the 00 block of Grove, the World Capital of Bike Thievery:

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But, be my guest, if you want.

Foolish Cyclist Forgets to Lock Headset After Parking on the Mean Streets of San Francisco

Friday, August 19th, 2011

And just look at what happens.

(They sell them, you know, headset locks. Myself, I simply put superglue into every hole where a tool would fit – that’s kind of like using a lock)

Anyway, you park your bike on Mayor Ed Lee’s Market Street in 2011 and this is what you’ll get:

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What hubris to not lock your headset.

(This is right next to where the SFPD had a enforcement action not too long ago. Some of the errant cyclists complained about getting cited or hassled about not having reflectors or lights installed, you know, during the daytime. I’m not sure how that works, but I’m thinking that the Vehicle Code requires not reflectors on bikes in the daytime. Oh well.)

Mission Bikes Offers Up Advice on How to Lock Up your Bicycle – Rim Through the Rear Triangle

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

From Vic Wong of Mission Mission comes this security tip from the Mission Bicycle Company.

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Looks good to me.

And it’s much better than this method, seen in the SoMA:

 

The Headless Celtic Parking Meters of San Francisco’s Civic Center: Use Them For Religious Purposes or For Bicycle Parking

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

I like these repurposed parking meters – they ought to be religious icons (if they aren’t already, somewhere in the world.)

Anyway, these crossarmless Celtic Crosses are bike racks now taking the place of parking meters.

See?

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Hurray!

Your Bicycle’s U-Lock on the Mean Streets of San Francisco: A Thermite Cutter or a Plasma Torch Just Might Do You In

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Thusly:

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Don’t know what did this kind of damage.

Anyway, that’s the evidence, as found on Oak Street north of SoPA and South of NoPA, so it’s up to you to figure the M.O.

[Oh, an angle grinder - that also could explain the burning. See comments.]

[Oh, it could have been an  oxy-acetylene torch as well. See comments.]

Or it could have been Arnold – he has the equipment, anyway.

What’s That – You DON’T Lock Up Your Garbage? Get Some Padlocks and Join the Club of Trash Lockers

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Like this guy in the Western Addition – see how he does it?

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Is this necessary, like for real?

Just as Cigarettes Can Be Used as Currency in Prison, Bicycles are as Good as Money in Civic Center

Friday, June 10th, 2011

A happy bicycle thief strolls past the bike racks on Grove right in front of San Francisco’s Main Public Library.

This is the locus of bike theft for Northern California.

Oh well.

Anyway, bikes function  in this area as money, meeting all the standards – medium of exchange, store of value, you name it.

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(Unless it’s a Bianchi, then it’s worth more.)

Your bike, the one that somebody has stolen or will steal, is worth $20. :(

Oh well.

The suspect said that the bike lock was so cheap and the bike was so expensive that it was beyond his control to not steal it,” Northern police Capt. Ann Mannix said during a Wednesday police meeting on crime trends.

Libraries and bikes just don’t match in the Twitterloin.

On It Goes.

And oh yes, your mid-to-late-90′s aluminum Trek is no longer worth $1000. And not even the “Bike Shepherd” can find it for you:

  • Theft description: Stolen between 8:40 – 10:15 PM April 21, 2011 Grove & Market bike racks in front of the SF Public Library Main Branch, during a performance at Kunst-Stoff Arts space across the street. Homeless man said he saw a guy with bolt cutters, but unsure of this report.
  • Make: Trek
  • Model: ZX 7000
  • Frame size:
  • Manufacture year: ’96 / ’97 / ’98?
  • Color: Green & Purple
  • Serial:
  • Value: $1,000 + ?
  • Description: Stolen between 8:40 – 10:15 PM Grove & Market bike racks in front of the SF Public Library Main Branch TREK ZX 7000 Forest green, royal purple frame Hybrid: mountain frame + road tires Black & silver Terry bike seat Upward curving silver handlebars Red & silver University of Colorado at Boulder registration tag # ending in 75 & Pinhead locks
  • Status: stolen
  • Finder’s fee: None
  • Taken from: In front of the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch
  • Last seen: 21-Apr-2011

 

Small Plastic Cable Ties Can Foil the Little Monsters? Apparently – Taking the Extra Step to Protect Your Bicycle

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Check it, this aging Schwinn Varsity ten-speed has a U-lock for the frame and front wheel, a cable lock for the rear wheel, but also, a bunch of yellow plastic cable ties on all the critical areas!

That means that members of the San Francisco Bike Thieves Guild will have to use two tools at least to get any booty off of this ride:

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Hurray!