I think I would have gone with LOST rather than STOLEN!
But that’s just me.
Bike thievery is an occupation in San Francisco, America’s Capital of Bike Thieves, East of Manhattan.
The wheels and the handlebar are gone, but there are a lot of pieces I could use in my junk drawer.
And this rig isn’t even locked up.
IMO, it would be kosher to harvest this ride, to profit, in a way, from bike thievery…
So yeah, the chain and the padlock worked, but you’re going to need some way of keeping the wheels attached, when the freaks come out, at night.
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In mitigation, this ride wasn’t all that expensive to begin with…
Lesson: You Gotta Lock That Down
Here it is, courtesy of the world’s #1 Apple fan-boy blog:
Oh Apple, will you ever win?
So this is famous Alex Clemens on the job, wonking away about Ranked Choice Voting and politics:
And this is famous Alex Clemens getting to his job, on an old-school Segway Personal Transporter Classic:
You can see dude all over town on this thing. He’s been segwaying for a long time now
But no longer.
His trusty Segway was boosted last night in the Financial District. Here’s the Tweet to the SFPD about it:
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.”
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.
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?