Posts Tagged ‘schwalbe’

The Economics of Ford Motor Company GoBike Rental Theft – And Who’s Been Charged $1200 for Stolen Rentals?

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Man, a lot of Ford’s GoBike rentals have been stolen already, huh?

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(Sometimes you gotta wonder why somebody’d check out a bike rental only to push it around. That wasn’t a hill or anything. And this is going away from the nearest station.)

Anyway, wouldn’t you rather have a regular stolen bike instead of a heavy, high profile Ford Motor Company rental bike? I think most thieves would.

So, why do thieves steal GoBikes then? I think it’s for wheels, tires and tubes. These are kind of standard items, the tubes and the tires anyway:

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Usually when you see the remnants of a GoBike, the wheels are gone. Now, IDK how you’d repurpose the back wheel/hub combo, but these tires would pop right on to most mountain bikes, right?

(It’s surprising to me that these 7,000 bikes would have such standard sized tires/wheels.)

And how do thieves get a hold of these rides? Most likely when they are locked up at a station, as opposed to stealing them when they’re being rented out, else we probably would have heard of people complaining about being charged $1200 (that’s the highest in the world for these new-school short-term rental types bikes, BTW). No complaints ergo, thieves have a way to swipe these bikes when they’re locked up at stations.

Anyway, they are nice $55 tires. IMO, they are they reason so many GoBikes are getting stolen.

A Few Pithy Comments About This SFMTA DPT PCO Meter Maid on a Bicycle in the Fiananch

Friday, January 14th, 2011

The whole ensemble kind of has a cop look, so that’s got to be good when dealing with all those ex-cons out there.

Probably good for the rain, but the blank tickets might get wet tho.

A Cannondale with a suspension fork and disc brakes? Probably be better off without those two features but oh well.

Town and County tires from Continental – I don’t know, they don’t make those like they used to, moved the factory to Indonesia or someplace. Suggest updating Schwalbe Marathon Plus 26. (As the Euros say, “17 000 KM MEME PAS MORT!”)

And Presta valves? Wow, probably causes  the PCOs to scratch their heads when they want to top off their tires. Or maybe they’re told not to touch anything on the bike. (Note gear selection – smallest cog up front to match the smallest cog out back. Nicht gut.)

Anyway, the whole point of using bikes is to sneak up on them trucks to start handing out the tickets more better. And in that sense, this is probably a successful program.

Rampant Baldism on the Streets of San Francisco: Meet the Schwalbe Kojak, a “Bald” Bike Tire from Indonesia

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

I don’t know, I hope the Schwalbe people aren’t paying too much (or at all) to license the name “Kojak” for this line of slick bicycle tires.


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Now, you’re too young to remember but back in the day, there was a meme thing where this Telly Savalis guy would lick a lollipop and say, “Who loves you, baby?”

Ah, memories. Well, for dissing the “City by the Bay” in that link back in the ’80’s, we’re getting a little payback.

Or maybe this line of tires is what they call an homage. Irregardless, I don’t think he’d mind.

Who loves you, Baby, indeed.

[UPDATE: And look who’s at the top of my Twitter this AM – it’s popular area senior PR ad exec Kevin Kopjak – maybe his name has a similar derivation…]