Posts Tagged ‘locked’

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?

Mid-Market Skeleton Key: Your 24″ Drop-Forged Bolt Cutter – A Mystery at Little Cafe, 6th and Market in the Twitterloin

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Little Cafe, 995 Market, heart of the corrupt Twitterloin:

It’s go time:

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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.

Area Motorcycle Rider Drives As If He Were On A Fixie – Skidding About on a Locked Rear Wheel

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

I’ll tell you, I have a clear memory of fixie-riding Andy, gracefully pushing his locked rear wheel back and forth to kill speed coming down Oak Street.

Remember?

Good times.

Anyway, there’s another guy does the same thing, but on a motorcycle.

Like just for fun. On McAllister:

He also does wheelie stops. (I’d like to see a fixie bike rider do that.)

Hats off to both these gentlemen.

The Ever-So-Polite Security Guards of Metreon Tape Missives to Illegally Parked Bicycles – Park Near Jillian’s?

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Park your ride on stair railings at the new Metreon and this is what will happen – you’ll get a note like this taped on:

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Here’s your mise-en-scene with legally parked bikes in the foreground and illegally parked bikes in the background:

See them all? Every bike has a note. (How many reams of paper does the Metreon go through in a week?)

Obviously, there’s no more parking spaces left on the north side, Metreon.

Why not put this on your list of things to do, Metreon? More bike parking near Mission where it’ll get used…

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…

The East Side of Sixth Street From Market to Stevenson Alley in 2012: From Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers to Murder

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Well, let’s see how things look these days on one-third of one-half of the first block of troubled Sixth Street these days.

On the left you can find the current roost of Mobile Command Three from the SFPD. It’s probably there owing to the recent murder (San Francisco’s first and only for 2012 so far) at Stevenson and Sixth. If the cops wanted to have a substation in this area, they’d already have one in there, of course, so the 415′s littlest Mobile Command unit is a kind of temporary substitute.

And look, the poorly-managed and poorly-situated Passion Cafe is no more. The sign that used to be there is gone. Will tourist-beloved Dottie’s True Blue Cafe move in there soon? I don’t know.

And oh, the Happy Donuts has finally moved in from across the street and, of course, the SFGov-backed Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers is now firmly ensconced on the corner. It’s hard getting used to having a fast food burger chain in here:

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So that’s what’s new in this active stretch of the corrupt Twitterloin.

Speaking of which, what’s up with this? Can you imagine going down to your local diner to get a malted or whatever and leaving your bike propped up against the building unlocked, thusly?

What is this, Mayberry, RFD or Osaka, Japan? I mean, I don’t think you can just leave your bike around on the sidewalk while you nosh on your twice-fried American fries, can you?

Well, I guess you can but it’s a good way to lose your ride with a quickness.

Or, maybe it’s a bait bike from the SFPD, put out there to see who would steal it? Anyway, it was there all by its lonesome for seven minutes at least, which has got to be some kind of record for Mid-Market. Hurray.

That’s your 2012 update for the heart of Mayor Ed Lee’s troubled Mid Market area…

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.

Phone Home: iPhone Stolen on the Streets of San Francisco Pings Its Rightful Owner from Vietnam 2 Weeks Later

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

From @FredSharples comes this news: Panic Co-Founder Cabel M. Sasser had his Apple iPhone 4 ripped out of his hands while waiting for a table at a San Francisco restaurant two weeks ago.

Well, let’s let him Tweet the rest of the story:

“The good news? My iPhone 4, snatched out of my hand in SF (long story), just pinged, two weeks later! The bad news? http://t.co/ZBJ1J05

That’s right, it turned up in Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon, aka S S S S S Saigon) in Vietnam, per the free Find My iPhone app.

Check it. Sai-going, Sai-gong, Sai-gone:

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But that’s not the worst part, oh no:

“Worst part was, I was holding it pretty close, waiting for a table at a restaurant. And *poof*, gone so quickly.”

(What a nice story – it’s like the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and the Mayor’s Office got together to write the copy, huh?)

All the deets here on the Twitter.

Oh  well.

A “Bicycle Massacre” at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2010 in Golden Gate Park – The Horror, The Horror

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Gaia only knows what happened to these bikes in Golden Gate Park over the weekend.

No matter, the Golden Gate Park Bike Coalition (hey, nice FB profile photo you’ve got there, GGPBC) is none too pleased:

“Perhaps if there were adequate bike parking in Golden Gate Park, even for large events like Hardly Strictly, bike massacres like this wouldn’t occur. (BIKE NOPASan Francisco Bicycle CoalitionInner Sunset Neighborhood GroupThe Wiggle)”

Oh, the inhumanity:

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Oh, and speaking of inadequate bicycle parking, when’s Rec and Park going to put more racks in front of the de Young Museum? Just sayin.