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  1. Comment by Garito December 13, 2018 @ 2:35 pm | Link

    I’m not sure why BikePortland.org can’t buy the lock themselves and do their own test. Or can one of the skeptics here please provide one for him to test? And stop by Home Depot for some tin snips, too.

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  2. Comment by Daniel S December 13, 2018 @ 2:35 pm | Link

    Wirecutter was able to cut the TiGr with bolt cutters. They also said it could be hacksawed in under 30 seconds. It's definitely better than the Otto. But it's probably little more secure than a cable lock.

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  3. Comment by Lester Burnham December 13, 2018 @ 2:14 pm | Link

    Anybody thinking of designing a new lock should consult the operators of the open air bike chops operating freely throughout the city. I'm sure they are a wealth of information.

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  4. Comment by Craig M Collins December 13, 2018 @ 2:12 pm | Link

    It's all about tooling. Not surprised that the lock-maker's harbor freight tools couldn't cut the strap where a set of WISS snips cut it like butter. Any pair of Klein wire snips would make short work of cutting this strap.

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  5. Comment by Froppd December 13, 2018 @ 2:05 pm | Link

    What is TriMet supposed to say? Everyone is too busy accusing them of being racist to listen to any reasonable explanation.

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  6. Comment by Maria December 13, 2018 @ 2:03 pm | Link

    For the record, I am not Hello Kitty, I am Bicycle Kitty and always comment on Bike Portland as Maria. Smiley face, heart, rainbow, unicorn.

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  7. Comment by Lester Burnham December 13, 2018 @ 2:01 pm | Link

    We already have enough scofflaws between cyclists and motorists. NO to the scooter return!

    They were a nuisance blocking sidewalks too.

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  8. Comment by Salfy December 13, 2018 @ 1:56 pm | Link

    There's already the ADA area where both sets of seats fold up. Surely there's already enough room there.

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  9. Comment by I wear many hats December 13, 2018 @ 1:46 pm | Link

    Its an ADA violation no? Just remove some seats on each train. There's more room anyway if people stand.

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  10. Comment by Jim Kysela December 13, 2018 @ 1:39 pm | Link

    Hey Shimran,
    How did you go about getting a refund? Still have my original card it came attached to when buying from RCB, but that was probably a year ago? Like you, I had friends recommend this and also remember the good BikePDX story on it. Knowing of Jacob Rathe with a couple degrees of separation (Portland, his Dad was sometimes in my wife's yoga classes), felt really good about this when purchasing. I also encouraged a friend at work to buy one of these. Figured this to be a great fit for those quick stops for coffee, groceries etc. Sadly that doesn't seem to be the case, and for $50+ could have gotten quite a few better cable locks (or one more good U-lock!) that can still be easily cut by other tools. Guess I'm much luckier than the others who have lost good bikes with the feeling that this 'protection' was tougher to cut through than other cable/strap locks. A bit sad all around.

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  11. Comment by headfirst December 13, 2018 @ 1:30 pm | Link

    commuter
    I was really suspicious of this lock when it was relentlessly hyped by large group of bloggers who seemed to have no first hand experience with the productRecommended 7

    The perfect mix of bloggers not being critical(in pursuit of more free stuff to review), Crowdfunding a product too good to be true, and labeling it for "elite riders" looking for lightweight solutions at a premium price.
    This should have been sold as a convenience strap, not a "security lock".
    Designed behind a keyboard, tested by blided believers and hyped by eager "vloggers."
    Dont let them spin that this is designed for peeing in spandex behind a hay bail 20 miles from a thief. Thats really justy talking down to your friends here in Portland and quit disingenuous.
    Perhaps they can repackage it for minimalist social media influences looking to security strap titanium coffee cups to their $80k sprinter vans off grid? #vanlife

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  12. Comment by Salfy December 13, 2018 @ 1:28 pm | Link

    Isn't this site always going on about for e-bikes are great for people with mobility issues? Why not just add a battery to your trike and forgo MAX entirely?

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  13. Comment by Ted Timmons (Contributor) December 13, 2018 @ 1:08 pm | Link

    Yep, I misparsed as "freds don't stop at cafes". Reading is hard.

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  14. Comment by Champs December 13, 2018 @ 12:53 pm | Link

    From a justice perspective, this is garbage. The system doesn't work for everybody and I know we're all shocked to hear that civil engineers weren't inclusive enough.

    Looking through the lens of law, saying no is unfortunately the most defensible position TriMet can take. Everyone recognizes that this is not the slippery slope to emotional support peacocks, but exposure to risk from people who can't use or get hurt attempting unsupported uses is a nasty can of worms.

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  15. Comment by David Griffiths December 13, 2018 @ 12:47 pm | Link

    I was able to do it with my handcycle for all the years that I lived in Portland. Except of course when Max operators would shut the doors in my face and refuse to allow me to board (usually when the weather was bad). I know that Serenity's trike will fit, because I rode with her a few times. I also know for a fact that it's possible to fit a handcycle, a power wheelchair, and a cart from Ikea into 1 Max car, and still allow other passengers to move freely. And yes, we returned the cart, exactly the same way.

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  16. Comment by Skid December 13, 2018 @ 12:44 pm | Link

    This sounds like a challenge for a builder to meet.

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  17. Comment by J_R December 13, 2018 @ 12:43 pm | Link

    I was really tempted to buy this lock during the crowdfunding stage, in part to support the Oregon bicycle industry. I simply didn't get around to it. That turns out to have been a lucky chance.

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  18. Comment by Skid December 13, 2018 @ 12:43 pm | Link

    Electric powered mobility scooters and wheelchairs are allowed, and dimensionally they can be as large as a tricycle. It seems to me that Tri-Met is having an issue with semantics: this is a tricycle, and this is a mobility device. When operated by a differently-abled person a trike or or even a bicycle becomes a mobility device.

    Can't help but wonder if this is the reason why David Griffiths has opted for a wheelchair, tired of being bullied by "authorities" that saw their handcycle as a tricycle and not as a mobility device.

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  19. Comment by Ken S December 13, 2018 @ 12:25 pm | Link

    The other crucial aspect of a thumbs down vs middle finger is conveying that you disapprove of the driver's action and not the driver, as a person.

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  20. Comment by Biker December 13, 2018 @ 12:22 pm | Link

    Is this really an equity issue? Getting to recreational activities is not the same as allowing ADA access to trains. This is not an issue of TriMet discriminating or whatever, since this person has a walker she can use on MAX that can actually fit in the ADA section. I have doubts that the large tricycle in the photo can fit without blocking access for others. TriMet also does not allow large cargo bikes for the same reason. This is a matter of space, not equity. It's disrespectful to other MAX users to bring a large trike on board that blocks the aisles for others, just so that you can have fun at bike parties, when you have a much more reasonably sized means of conveyance that fits much better on the trains. Maybe this person should try a dial-a-ride service that can better accommodate her request.

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  21. Comment by chezztone December 13, 2018 @ 12:19 pm | Link

    Thumbs down, or wagging finger in disapproval, are other options. They're not hostile like the middle finger, but unlike the peace sign they show that you object to the person's action.

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  22. Comment by soren December 13, 2018 @ 12:05 pm | Link

    apart from profound deficits in charging infrastructure (many of the small number of quickchargers in the portland area are chronically broken), EVs/PEVs only make sense for people who are wealthy enough to own a home and pay someone to install a dedicated charger. i do not know of a single renter who has gained permission from their landlord to charge an EV and I organize in this space.

    EVs are often touted as some sort of panacea for the 40% of green house gas emissions associated with transportation but EV sales growth has been pathetically slow and driving-associated CO2e emissions continue to increase. As of 2017, electric vehicles represent only 0.2% of registered motorvehicles in the USA. When it comes to climate change the belief that EVs will "save us" is a form of denial.

    https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=36312

    And i say this as an early EV adopter who still occasionally drives a used 2012 Nissan Leaf charged with renewable energy credits (to replace trips in other people's ecocidal ICE vehicles).

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  23. Comment by Steve December 13, 2018 @ 11:59 am | Link

    I don't think anyone's intention was to blame the buyer, only to point out the misleading advertising campaign.
    +1 on giving BP credit for bringing this to our attention.

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  24. Comment by Eggs Ackley December 13, 2018 @ 11:51 am | Link

    Yours could be the only vote in favor. Imagine the screaming and gnashing of teeth if TriMet asked for more money to redesign their buses to accommodate trikes. Americans want everything but don't want to pay for it.

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  25. Comment by soren December 13, 2018 @ 11:49 am | Link

    my mini+ lock is fine. it's the two much older mini locks that have rusted out locking mechanisms. in one case the keyed cylinder that pops up no longer locks at all.

    PS: I ride through pools of salted road slime much of the rainy season ( access roads to ohus are brined constantly). it's my guess that tigr used non-rust-resistant parts in the locking cylinder. moreover, the open design of the lock carrier allows spray to directly enter the lock cylinder. some very poor design choices.

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