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Rixtir
09-01-2006, 03:09 PM
So....

I get curious, because there are so many thefts in Portland, so I look through the stolen bike listings here, and I begn to notice a pattern: Most of the stolen bikes were locked up with a cable lock, which was then cut by the bike thief. One was locked by the front wheel only (I've seen this useless locking technique myself). A few weren't locked at all.

Hmmmmm.......

So then today, I'm at Rocco's havin' a slice, and I'm checking out the bikes locked up outside. Two locked with a cable lock. One locked with a u-lock around a low street sign (which a thief could remove and lift the bike up and over). A few more locked up with cable locks. A few more locked with u-locks-- always locked improperly, through the downtube and front wheel, or sometimes, locking the tob tube. I guess those unlocked rear wheels are easily replaced....

Granted, this town may be crawling with tweakers looking for bikes to steal, but they're not doing it by themselves. Every time somebody uses a cable lock, they're helping a thief to steal their bike. Every time somebody uses an improper locking technique, they're inviting a thief to have a go at their bike. Every time somebody leaves their bike unlocked... well, is there any doubt what the thieves will be looking for?

I think a stolen bike walk through downtown-- a strolling workshop on theft prevention, looking at real-life examples-- would be a great way to educate cyclists on what works and what doesn't work.

Anybody else have any other ideas out there?

RobCat
09-01-2006, 03:23 PM
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/lock-strategy.html

I use Mr. Brown's method using a Kryptonite Evolution Mini and with the addition of a Master Lock Python.

Rixtir
09-01-2006, 03:40 PM
Yeah, that's the right way to use a u-lock. Unfortunately, most bikes you see aren't even locked with a u-lock, and when they are locked with a u-lock, they're doing it all wrong. It's why I'm thinking there needs to be a bike theft prevention workshop in this town, so people will know what to do.

I guess if everybody would just read that link to Sheldon's site, we wouldn't need a workshop, though... :D

RobCat
09-01-2006, 03:57 PM
While standing at a bus stop earlier this week, I noticed that Portland Rock Gym has a bike rack complete with a sign urging users to properly lock their bikes. The business apparently even has U-locks available for use for patrons who don't have one!

Of course, the two bikes locked at the rack that day were using u-locks. One was locked only by the front wheel, and the other by the top tube. :rolleyes:

dan
09-01-2006, 03:59 PM
...on bikes that are locked with a cable. or bikes that have a u-lock but unlocked quick release wheels. i say "hey! your bike(or wheels) are going to get stolen!"

RobCat
09-01-2006, 04:06 PM
Heh. A good p.s. for that note would be "If I return to your bike with my bolt-cutters before you do, this note will be taped to the rack". Thanks! :D

DJoos
09-02-2006, 06:41 AM
I work at a bike shop, I do my best to prevent people from buying cable locks. It helps to point out that a U-Lock only runs $5.00-$10.00 more in price (not bad for the added security)

Jonathan Maus
09-03-2006, 07:29 PM
While standing at a bus stop earlier this week, I noticed that Portland Rock Gym has a bike rack complete with a sign urging users to properly lock their bikes. The business apparently even has U-locks available for use for patrons who don't have one!

Yeah, I wrote about this a while back...check it out:

"Portland Rock Gym loans u-locks"
http://bikeportland.org/2006/03/30/portland-rock-gym-loans-u-locks/

RobCat
09-04-2006, 06:47 AM
Yeah, I wrote about this a while back...check it out:

"Portland Rock Gym loans u-locks"
http://bikeportland.org/2006/03/30/portland-rock-gym-loans-u-locks/

Ah. Well that's me, bringing up the rear as usual. :rolleyes: