Damn Thieves

Bike thieves are back in the news with a post from the NYT City Room Blog. The comments are the best part with gems like

Did anyone accidentally buy my Fuji royal blue 5-speed bike with a mixte frame last year, thinking the salesperson was legit?

and

Try having your bike stolen from your apartment, by your neighbor!

In this photo from Beijing, I used the obstruction technique to obscure our nice, new bikes among crappy, ancient, Chinese ones. All I had was a cable lock. Did not get stolen.

Blogging Beijing by Bike: stashing bikes

Also the Kryptonite ball-pen legend still has legs.

When I’m traveling, my folding bikes go where I go and that’s everywhere. Training, racing, and touring we use the buddy system and the bikes just aren’t out of our sight.

On Bettie, I use Val’s immobilization techniques. Those include toe-strapping the front brake, disabling the motor, and cable U-locking the front wheel to the fork.

That bike weighs more than an hundred pounds and it’s gonna take at least 3 or 4 tweaking meth-heads working together to hoist her into a truck. Discussed in this post from last year.

I think until we get bike parking like Asian and European cities, this is a perennial problem.

Updated

stolen_from_mom.jpgPhoto: REUTERS PICTURES

Reader Josh Boggs forwarded us an email from Grand Fondo Bicycles in Nashville that had 50K worth of high-end bikes stolen from their store. Earlier in the year, it was Lance’s bike and Zabriskie bikes as well.

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