Tuesday, April 24, 2007

It's 5 p.m., do you know where your bike is?

Image of broken bike locks near the train station in Davis, CaliforniaI noticed this pile of broken locks near a bike rack at the train station in Davis, California. Not a strong endorsement of this brand, I'd say.

A stolen bike is a real bummer. No, repeat no bike lock is 100 percent secure. Any lock can be defeated by a determined thief. I usually advise redundancy; the use of more than one lock. Essentially, you deter thieves by having your bike better secured than other nearby bicycles.

Image: Paul Dorn.
Visit: Avoiding the Bicycle Thief, Slate Magazine, 04.18.06
Visit: Bike thefts deflating for commuters, Los Angeles Daily News
Visit: Bike Theft Real, Preventable, Bike Commute Tips Blog
Visit: Paul Dorn's Bike Commuting Tips Site

4 comments:

Sasquatch said...

Paolo, check out the hefty supply of acorns (valley oaks, no?) near the locks. Perhaps squirrels are operating a bicycle theft ring in your town.

Anonymous said...

What in the world were those squirrels using to bend that Masterlock? Seriously, that's some twisted metal.

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Jamie said...

I think it's worth mentioning to take redundancy one step further - don't just have two locks, have two different kinds of locks. Most thieves aren't going to have a tool belt that will allow them to open/break more than one kind of lock.