Posts Tagged ‘locks’

Here’s the Right Way and the Wrong Way to Lock Your Bike on the Mean Streets of San Francisco

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Here’s the right way to lock your bike in the NIMBY-infested Alamo Square part of the Western Addition.

See? A hefty chain for the frame and front wheel plus a U-lock for the rear: 

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Now here’s the sitch just 12 feet away:

See? Neglecting your wheels is a sure-fire way to total your bike.

So here, the owner comes back to the bike and sees that it’s not going anywhere anytime soon, so s/he just leaves the bike there to rust away, for days, weeks, months, and, possibly, years.

What’s it going to be like when “bikeshare” comes to San Francisco and your credit card gets charged $1000 when you “lose” the bike you rented? I know not.

Our City Family wants to encourage cycling in San Francisco, but it does nothing about this sort of thing.

Oh well.

How Long, on Average, Does The City of San Francisco Leave Vandalized Bikes in Front of Our Flagship Nordstrom Store?

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Now, when I say vandalized, I mean partially stolen. (You see criminals these days don’t actually have the ability to easily steal an entire bicycle with a quickness, so they just take the parts that they want.)

Wheels, headsets, saddles, lights, brakes, cassettes, pedals, handlebars, shifters – they’re all fair game.

So the owners of the bikes come back to the remaining carcass and then say, “Screw it, I’m buying a car,” or whathaveyou.

And then the unusable bikes remain for days, weeks, and months.

See?

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If our dysfunctional City can’t see its way clear to criminalize bike theft, couldn’t it at least haul away the abandoned bike carcasses promptly?

I mean, we’re supposed to be a “world-class City” or something, right?

So how many tens of thousands of tourists have seen this one bike while walking into City Centre mall?

Is that a good thing?

Just asking, Bro.

“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.

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:

 

OMG, Haight Ashbury Recycling Center Needs Padlocks to Chain Up Protesters! Plus CW Nevius vs. GC Newsom

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Work with me here. According to simple-minded former sportswriter C.W. Nevius, our Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council Recycling Center has been

“…a noisy, industrial bone of contention for decades.”

O.K.? And, according to simple-minded former sportswriter C.W. Nevius, the reason why San Francisco Shadow Mayor for Life Gavin Newsom hates the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council Recycling Center is because, because:

“…because the industrial recycling center doesn’t belong in Golden Gate Park.”

All right. But, hold on a second. Does this add up?

Now, maybe I’m just a simple country lawyer,* but didn’t Supervisor Gavin Newsom vote in favor of the HANC Recycling Center a decade back? Check it:

Let’s see here, isn’t the HANC RC just as noisy a “bone of contention” in Golden Gate Park now as a decade ago? Yup.

Did it move or something? Nope.

So why then would Gavin Newsom vote in favor of the hated, terrible, hated recycling center back in 2001?

Was he for it before he was against it? Mmmm.

That’s something to ponder as you read the latest missive from the HANC. Sure looks like they have something cooked up for Judgment Day, aka March 4th, 2011:

“HANC RECYCLING & NATIVE PLANT NURSERY TO ACCEPT OLD CHAIN - FINAL DAYS APPROACHING?

HANC Recycling, under attack for years may go out in a blaze of glory if neighborhood NIMBYs ably led by CW Nevius finally get their way. HANC is seeking to acquire thousands of feet of old chain, padlocks with or without keys, so long as they are open to accommodate the more than 1000 people expected to link up in civil disobedience on the final day.

Executive Director of HANC Recycling, Ed Dunn says, “1000 people have already pledged to chain themselves together on our last day, so we’ll need a lot. But in any case, if things work out scrap prices for steel are through the roof, so this is a good time to recycle.”

All right then, the battle is well and truly joined.

Wake me up on judgment day.

All the deets, after the jump.

* I was born on the bayou, more or less - Choctawhatchee Bay in Okaloosa County, just below Alabammy.

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