Posts Tagged ‘u-lock’

Know Better Your Richmond District Bike Thieves – Caught in the Act, Left Tools Behind – A Car Jack Hack

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

I’ll tell you back in the day, bicycle thieves aspired to take your whole bike, so they’d carry around Volvo car jacks the better to pry open your old-school Kyptonite U-locks. Then U-locks got better and the parts market became bigger, so now we’re in the Era of Frankenbikes with people stealing, tearing down, and reassembling bike parts to make untraceable, “new” bikes for sale on the craigslist and at fucking Laney College.

So this recent theft attempt in our Richmond District is old school. Note how the thief has modified the jack for easier concealment:

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One supposes this crime was interrupted.

So now it’s time to break into another car to get another car jack to steal more bikes to sell for $60 each to buy more drugs, one assumes.

Consult this handy chart when considering alternative careers…

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DUAL WIELDING: Your Jeans have TWO Rear Pockets, So You Should Carry TWO U-Locks on the Mean Streets of San Francisco

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Thusly:

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If dual wielding works for Laura Croft…

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…it just might work for you.

Our Fell Street DMV is a Hotbed of Bicycle Theft, For Some Reason

Friday, August 19th, 2016

This is from yesterday, but it’s been like this for decades:

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Back in the day, you’d see broken U-locks (which you didn’t necessarily want to leave on scene and you definitely didn’t want to get caught with) in the bushes. But these days, there’s less effort and more reward in leaving the lock alone and simply taking parts, oh well…

How to Lock Up Your Bike in Golden Gate Park: Chain Lock, Cable Lock, Padlock, and a U-Lock

Monday, December 8th, 2014

This bike’s not going anywhere (but pieces of it might):

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The Cougars of NoPA – Here It Is, a Bike Trailer What Costs More Than My First Car – Presenting the Chariot Cougar

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

So of course, with something so valued, you gotta lock that down.

As seen in the Western Addition – this thing runs $1000-something, believe it or not:

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OTOH, my bike trailer costed $100-something, but I don’t think it has bearings or whatnot. (Like Robinson Caruso, it’s as primitive as can be, kind of like a Roman chariot, actually.)

But it gets the job done and it keeps me out of Cougar Country, so fine…

How to Lock Up Your Bike: Taking the Time to See If You’re Also Locking Up Somebody Else’s Bike

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

The owner of the red Nishiki managed to catch the rear brake cable of the blue bike at bottom.

Oh well.

OMG, the San Francisco Police Officers Association is Giving Away Kryptonite Bike Locks – Bicycle Theft Workshop at the Twitter Building March 13th

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Pretty much:

“1st 45 people who bring an old cable lock to SAFE Bikes event will get a new @kryptonitelock u-lock! http://www.safebikes.org/events.html  @SFPDBikeTheft

Check it:

But they have a few questions for you:










OK fine, but the Twitter Office isn’t all that exciting. Consider it a victory if they let you out onto the roof.

Oh and it it looks like the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has nothing to do with this event, except for parking bikes out front. Mmmm.

Anyway, enjoy.

Here’s the Difference “6th Street Safety Hub” is Making for Stolen Bicycles in the Corrupt Mid-Market Twitterloin

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

[UPDATE: It’s gone now, so I didn’t get to see how it was picked clean.]

See? This stolen bike wasn’t totally stripped. Not on the first day, anyway.

Take a  look, the junkies have left all sorts of easily-stealable parts.

995 Market at 6th:

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People, people, people! When will you learn that a U-lock is no defense?

I’ll tell you, the U-lock I use cost $15 (and it came with a cable as well.) It’s turbo light. Really, it’s feels like kind of a toy. But the junkies don’t know how to defeat it – they don’t even try.

Look, if you want to just park your ride on Market Street and walk away to do your bidness, you need, at the very least:

1. Locking wheel skewers;

2. A way to secure your saddle; and

3. Superglue installed in every hex bolt you can see 

I’m going to see this now-abandoned white bike frame again today and all the rest of it will be gone, except for the chain and maybe the fork.

Now, was this bike “stolen?”

The SFPD would say no.

I say yes.

Here’s the Right Way and the Wrong Way to Lock Your Bike on the Mean Streets of San Francisco

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Here’s the right way to lock your bike in the NIMBY-infested Alamo Square part of the Western Addition.

See? A hefty chain for the frame and front wheel plus a U-lock for the rear: 

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Now here’s the sitch just 12 feet away:

See? Neglecting your wheels is a sure-fire way to total your bike.

So here, the owner comes back to the bike and sees that it’s not going anywhere anytime soon, so s/he just leaves the bike there to rust away, for days, weeks, months, and, possibly, years.

What’s it going to be like when “bikeshare” comes to San Francisco and your credit card gets charged $1000 when you “lose” the bike you rented? I know not.

Our City Family wants to encourage cycling in San Francisco, but it does nothing about this sort of thing.

Oh well.

Mission Bikes Offers Up Advice on How to Lock Up your Bicycle – Rim Through the Rear Triangle

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

From Vic Wong of Mission Mission comes this security tip from the Mission Bicycle Company.

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Looks good to me.

And it’s much better than this method, seen in the SoMA: