You can sort of make out the culprits on the other side of this mound:
Or maybe this sort of thing is cool, IDK.
Anyway, the soil looked extra loamy, so that must have been a bonus for the thieves.
I thought I was pretty far away from Faceman and BA Baracas, but they noted my presence nevertheless.
Now I’m thinking this is where 11th Street and (lucky) 13th Street meet up (ala 3rd and 4th in Mission Bay, but I’m a little hazy as these under-the-I-80 streets aren’t well marked.
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But here’s what you do, you get on the Twitter and report the bike chop shops you just happen to notice.
Crimes In Progress Call 911
Report a Chop Shop call (415) 553-0123 Anti Bike Theft Information From the SFPD
San Francisco, CA · parkstation.org
You just jiggle it, the way they do in Paris, France.
Now here’s the scene yesterday down in the Mission District, with at least one person trying to hide this very obvious BABS ride. (At the very least, we can say that elements of the SFPD seem to think that this particular bike is in the custody of thieves)
So what’s the street value of one of these bikes? I don’t know. The one you can see here is pretty heavy so it’s not like anyone would want to make it a daily driver. I mean, if you want a daily driver, you can just go over the the Marin Bikes warehouse at 7th and Folsom and spend a couple hundred something. And then harden it up for the street, you know, with super glue and locks for parts, and throw in U lock and you’ll have a setup that’s three times as good with three times the number of gears for a third the price. (But of course, these bikes aren’t meant to replace daily drivers…)
Let’s see, what could one harvest? from these green machines? The tires and tubes for starters. And the chain at the very least. Oh, and how about the hidden GPS transmitter? That must be worth something. But the frame and the braking system, you’re probably going to want to chuck those.
And the wheels are held on with “Security Torx?” C’mon! I’ve got a set of those in my toolbox, so you gotta figure that the street has them as well, ’cause those BRIC countries churn them out and sell them cheap. Oh you all meant to say TS Torx? All right, but there’s a way around that as well
I’m thinking that the street will figure things out in a week or two, will do the math to see what the value of one these rides is IRL. It might not be worth the hassle of dealing with the cops if they attract too much attention and they can’t easily be stolen at the thieves market at 7th and Market.
What a normal town would have is a high resolution camera aimed at the parking stations with a retired cop monitoring a couple hundred monitors, but, of course, SF is not a normal town.
[UPDATE: Oh yeah, this isn’t a mountain bike, apologies.]
Some junkie in a hoodie will quick-release your seatpost and front wheel and then walk away in about five seconds.
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I don’t even know why bike shops in SF sell bikes with quick-release anything.
Myself, I switch everything out and then superglue everything I can.
So my $269 Marin mountain bike ends up with $100-something worth of U-lock, wheel locks, headset lock, saddle lock, etc oh well.
If Miley Cyrus moved to the Mission and started riding MUNI, then it might go a little something like this.
And, oh yes, put a bird on it:
Now, what do those reddish, platform-style rocking kicks (do they come with horseshoes?) say to you? To me, they say, “Steal my iPhone and I won’t even try to chase you down.”
Stay safe, MUNI riders!
Homeless encampment, major Japanese city, city center, down by the river:
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Note the bicycle parking area.
Cf. San Francisco homeless encampment, under Interstate I-80, Mile Zero:
Note identical blue tarps as in Japan, sourced from, for all I know, the same factory in China.
One group uses bikes to get around, like to work ‘n stuff.
The other will strip your bike of any parts not superglued on in a New York Minute, as soon as your back is turned.
Which group do you prefer?
They keep their inventory in the four giant tents you can see on this particular block of Division
And their vans, always with the vans.
In fact, these guys are just like the A-Team. You’ve got Mad Dog Murdock on the left there, building away, and there’s B. A. Baracus there on the right with his reverse Mohawk. And Hannibal and Faceman are out cruising in the van looking for more bikes:
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Anyway, your bike has been disassembled and its parts have been put on other bikes for sale on Craigslist or at Laney College in OakTown.
The Reddit SF hasn’t been this up-in-arms since that whole Cello Thief incident.
Oh, here’s one:
Via the Nexus 7 thief or a friend of a fence or an innocent – click to expand
I’m thinking that whenever somebody gives you or sells to you a tablet and it doesn’t come in the original box, then you just might have this kind of allegation on your hands.
Are the alleged thieves “innocent victims,” you know, like that clown who ended up with the iPad 2 of Steve Jobs?
And will Redditor cokacokacoh ever get his Nexus 7 back?
Only Time Will Tell.