Posts Tagged ‘rack’

Man, This Looks Like a Lot of Effort to Carry Around Just Two Pedicabs – The Massive “Cabrio Mobile” Chevy Suburban

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

At first I figured a trailer would be easier, but this rig has a trailer as well – Cabrio Mobile.

Must be a bear to park this thing:

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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.

Cyclists Favor Illegal Bike Racks at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park – Legal Racks Unused Sometimes

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

To wit:

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Now I’ll tell you, I tried to park my ride on those sticks in the background but got told that that area needs to be kept clear due to fire regulations or whatnot.

The artistic spiral you see in the foreground is what you’re supposed to use. But as you can see, sometimes people don’t use it at all.

Oh well.

The Most Perfectly-Placed Bike Rack in All of San Francisco: Smack Dab in the Middle of a Sidewalk

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Uh, as seen on Euclid:

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Uhhhhhhh….

Could you get an obstruction ticket if you locked up your ride on this thing? I think so.

If Bicycles Had Sidecars, This is What They Would Look Like

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Thought this unusual ride seen on the Hastings Cutoff route was a bicycle sidecar.

At first anyway.

See?

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Jitsu wa, Gentle Reader, it just the arm of an autumn sweater dragging along.

A mystery solved!

So, Bike Racks Should Have the Name of the Neighborhood Where They’re Installed Stamped on Them?

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Is this a thing now?

Doesn’t this kind of deal cost a lot of money?

Oh, it doesn’t matter because you tax the bidnesses in the area to pay for your salary and you like playing around with aesthetics using Other People’s Money?

Thusly:

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Speaking of which, that horrible SPUR organization loves this stupid idea?

Well, that seals it.

Shouldn’t we have more bike racks sooner rather than fewer expensive bike racks later?

Apparently, the San Francisco Chronicle Can No Longer Afford to Pay the Rent for Willie Brown’s PedMount News Racks

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

So like the San Francisco Chronicle is cutting back on street distribution in the Financh?

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Sure looks that way.

Or maybe just on Monty Street?

Now, is there any penalty on former Mayor Willie Brown for foisting all this short-sighted pedmount concept on the MSM and the Commonweal?

Apparently not.

Oh well.

The “before” picture here looks better to me than the “after” photo…

Showdown at Masonic on the #5 Fulton Bus: Did a MUNI Driver Discriminate Against a Disabled Rider?

Monday, September 26th, 2011

It’s hard to say.

Famous San Francisco photographer Justin Beck was on the scene:

“Photo: #Muni rider who refused to leave the bike rack of the 5 Fulton bus, and the driver whom he called a motherfucker. http://pic.twitter.com/jIphZ9Cw

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Here’s the prior scene.

And here’s the aftermath.

I don’t know what to make of this one…

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!

Out With the Old and In With the New: A Mess of New Bike Racks Installed in Front of Out Flagship Nordstrom Mall

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

See?

Angle Grinder Man had just taken out the old, poorly-designed snake-like rack. [Cue Finest Worksong.] The bunch of new light-silvery racks you can see should be in place by now.

I dare you to park your bike here betwixt Union Square and San Francisco Centre overnight. Without proper theft hardening, and very possibly even with, the little monsters will have taken the bulk of it by sun-up. Truth.

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If you think this sitch of not having enough bike racks around town is all Crazy Rob Anderson’s fault, well, we’ll have to disagree.

The time to rise has been engaged
You’re better best to rearrange
I’m talking here to me alone
I listen to the finest worksong
Your finest hour
Your finest hour