Posts Tagged ‘tubes’

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.

94117 Update: If You Think the Boom You Just Heard was from Fireworks, You’re Probably Correct – Photographic Proof

Friday, June 12th, 2015

What’s that, the Oakland Warriors won a playoff game again? Boom, boom.

This is the kind of cardboard tubing you’ll find the day after:

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The tube in the photo is more of a sparkler kind of firework, but here are the big boys what make the big noyz.

Boom boom.

A Test: Specialized Armadillo Tires vs. the Glass-Laden Streets of San Francisco

Monday, June 1st, 2009

It begins. I don’t even know why I put up with the Specialized Borough tires that came with my bike. No matter. Let’s see how long this $40 Specialized Nimbus 700 x 35c with Armadillo Technology can make it on the mean Streets of San Francisco at 100 PSI before getting a flat. Didn’t really care about the brand –  this is what they had at the bike sto. Glass is everywhere out there, so we’ll see how it goes.

Do you buy this story here, with the kevlar and all?  

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Only Time Will Tell.