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Lambchops
21-08-2011, 11:44 AM
So yeah, some dastardly bike thief left me the proud owner of a wheel and a D lock. So eager to procrastinate from things I should be doing and inspired by this (http://www.happyplace.com/3080/the-7-most-brilliantly-pointless-street-fliers), I made this:

http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/82/bikewheelflyer.jpg

and put it in the city centre:

http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/6756/bikewheel.jpg

Seeing a japanese tourist taking a snap of it 10 minutes later cheered me up no end!

Ayam
21-08-2011, 12:42 PM
Did you lock it 'properly'? Or did you just stick the D-lock around the wheel and not the frame when locking it to whatever you locked it to?

I learned the hard way to carry 2 different types of locks and use those locks in the recommended fashion, it is a really crappy feeling, hope my fixed gear never gets taken out by these angle-grinder wielders. Still, I like what you did with the remnants.

Lambchops
21-08-2011, 12:53 PM
Did you lock it 'properly'? Or did you just stick the D-lock around the wheel and not the frame when locking it to whatever you locked it to?


Nope I didn't lock it properly, but I'd kind of given up on that. I used to chain the wheel to th frame but I had another bike stolen many months back even with that precaution. Basically the lock is just a deterrant and the rest is hoping for the best!

I only buy cheap (probably stolen in the first place) bikes here, theft is horribly common.

The JG Man
21-08-2011, 01:04 PM
I had a D lock used properly and a chain lock wrapped around the frame and D. Still got stolen. Bastards will be bastards.

Still, that's a great poster. I don't think it's childish either.

QuantaCat
21-08-2011, 01:24 PM
+1 for wittiness. My vespa has a dent in the front, as well as a mirror with cracks and some paint damage. there is no way in hell it would be stolen, so I dont bother locking it up in any way.

Rinox
21-08-2011, 02:03 PM
Love the reaction - well done! :-D

Another awesome response to inner city cyclist woes


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzE-IMaegzQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzE-IMaegzQ)

(the end is the best)

Lambchops
21-08-2011, 02:11 PM
That video is superb. Brave man!

Nalano
21-08-2011, 05:46 PM
As a former bike messenger and current bike commuter, might I suggest:

http://www.kryptonitelock.com/products/ProductDetail.aspx?cid=1001&scid=1002&pid=1168

and a

http://www.americanlock.com/solid_body_padlocks/solid_steel/round_body_padlocks.jsp

because the padlocks Kryptonite has can be messed with.

Remove quick-release devices or get separate locks. And don't lock your bike outside for more than an hour if you can help it, because that allows potential thieves to case your bike and come back with tools.

Kadayi
21-08-2011, 05:59 PM
Bike thieves are the absolute worst tbh.

Nalano
21-08-2011, 06:05 PM
Bike thieves are the absolute worst tbh.

Are the absolute worst what?

I wouldn't leave anything out on the street. Bikes are just large enough to be a loss when they get stolen, but small enough for cops not to care when you report them.

Kelron
21-08-2011, 06:09 PM
I'm glad I can keep my bike inside. Someone tried to steal it when I was staying in uni halls but all they managed to do was put some scratches on the lock. Power tools would've woken up the whole court.

Nalano
21-08-2011, 06:22 PM
I'm glad I can keep my bike inside. Someone tried to steal it when I was staying in uni halls but all they managed to do was put some scratches on the lock. Power tools would've woken up the whole court.

The question is not whether it would have woken people up; it's whether they would have done anything (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbklkFuFk-4) about it.

How many times have you been woken up at 3am by a car alarm and you just wished the guy would fuckin' steal it already so you could go back to sleep?

Kadayi
21-08-2011, 06:25 PM
Are the absolute worst what?

Opportunistic thieving scum.

Nalano
21-08-2011, 06:29 PM
Opportunistic thieving scum.

As compared to any other thief?

No. The guy who tried to burglarize my first floor apartment on two successive nights after gaining entry to the superintendent's alleyway was the worst. Nothing like having to shoo a guy off in your underwear with a shillelagh.

Kelron
21-08-2011, 06:29 PM
The question is not whether it would have woken people up; it's whether they would have done anything (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbklkFuFk-4) about it.

How many times have you been woken up at 3am by a car alarm and you just wished the guy would fuckin' steal it already so you could go back to sleep?

True, but there was about 200 windows overlooking the courtyard with the bike racks, including mine.

Nalano
21-08-2011, 06:31 PM
True, but there was about 200 windows overlooking the courtyard with the bike racks, including mine.

Since when has that stopped anybody, ever?

TillEulenspiegel
21-08-2011, 06:37 PM
Since when has that stopped anybody, ever?
Berlin is surprisingly low-theft, at least judging by the number of unlocked bikes I see around. Tons in the courtyard (including blocking the path sometimes, lazy fuckers); even on the street, I'd say unlocked is more common than locked. *shrug* Even the areas popular with junkies are pretty safe at night. Weird city.

Manhattan is a pretty shitty place for bicyclists. I was always happy with walking + subway, anyway.

Kelron
21-08-2011, 07:00 PM
Since when has that stopped anybody, ever?

Seems pretty effective to me. Is New York as much of a crime-ridden shithole as TV suggests? Never been there.

Kadayi
21-08-2011, 07:08 PM
As compared to any other thief?

I love how you question my personal opinion (expressed as a point of sympathy with the OP over his loss) and then proceed to promote your own (it's not about you). Don't look for arguments for arguments sake.

TillEulenspiegel
21-08-2011, 07:34 PM
Is New York as much of a crime-ridden shithole as TV suggests? Never been there.
It was in the 80s. Now it's pretty good. Even peaceful, idyllic Amsterdam is renowned for its bike theft, though.

Nalano
21-08-2011, 07:39 PM
Seems pretty effective to me. Is New York as much of a crime-ridden shithole as TV suggests? Never been there.

More people have died in Law & Order than in the city this year, and it's the safest big city in America. However, petty larceny (which is what most bikes fall under) is always a threat - I dare say Berlin is the aberration; nearby cities don't have its surprisingly low theft rates - and while my bike's never been stolen within the five boroughs, I've been robbed twice in college upstate.


I love how you question my personal opinion (expressed as a point of sympathy with the OP over his loss) and then proceed to promote your own (it's not about you). Don't look for arguments for arguments sake.

I love how you have a visceral reaction to when bike thieves screw you, but are perfectly fine when companies screw you. But, really, the whole thing can be avoided with proper planning. No reason to get angry at thieves unless you honestly expect them not to be there.

Kadayi
21-08-2011, 08:58 PM
I love how you have a visceral reaction to when bike thieves screw you, but are perfectly fine when companies screw you.

If you want to have a bitch at me about my lack of concern over Ubisofts DRM do so in the appropriate thread (or take it to PMs), however don't be a dick and use my posts in other unrelated threads as a platform to lamely snipe at me over it. I don't care for it and I doubt whether anyone else reading this thread does either.

OP had his bike nicked, I'm sympathizing. End of story ok.

QuantaCat
22-08-2011, 12:14 AM
I am pretty sure his bike got stolen because of horrible DRM. I mean, seriously. How much data can one bike manage?!

Maybe the thief was just so kind and got a refund for it? Youll get a check in the mail any time now!

Tei
22-08-2011, 12:21 AM
You are now awesome, by my standards. And bicycle-less.

R-F
22-08-2011, 02:45 AM
If you want to have a bitch at me about my lack of concern over Ubisofts DRM do so in the appropriate thread (or take it to PMs), however don't be a dick and use my posts in other unrelated threads as a platform to lamely snipe at me over it. I don't care for it and I doubt whether anyone else reading this thread does either.

OP had his bike nicked, I'm sympathizing. End of story ok.

So, wait, Nalano questions why bike thieves are supposedly more opportunistic compared to other thieves, you flip your shit and then he laughs at you flipping your shit and questions your amoral nature.

k, man.


I am pretty sure his bike got stolen because of horrible DRM. I mean, seriously. How much data can one bike manage?!

Maybe the thief was just so kind and got a refund for it? Youll get a check in the mail any time now!

Kadayi, do you always drum up support in threads you're in, or do these people just latch onto you like remora?

Vague-rant
22-08-2011, 07:35 PM
*Sigh*

Quick question; How's everyone's experience with riding a bike around London (central and occasionally north)? Is theft that common?

I've got to get to cycle to a few different campuses for Uni, and I have to decide whether to use an old expensive one (in pretty good nick- all things maintained over the years) or buy a new cheapo one.

Kadayi
22-08-2011, 07:42 PM
Quick question; How's everyone's experience with riding a bike around London (central and occasionally north)? Is theft that common?

I've got to get to cycle to a few different campuses for Uni, and I have to decide whether to use an old expensive one (in pretty good nick- all things maintained over the years) or buy a new cheapo one.

I'd go with cheapo. The uglier the better. Also always try and chain up with other bikes nearby. Your thieves will most likely go for better bikes if they can and ignore yours (esp if you have a robust lock for it). Unless it's a gang, they're only going to take one bike, and the better the other bikes the more incentive they'll target those.

Nalano
22-08-2011, 07:59 PM
I'd go with cheapo. The uglier the better. Also always try and chain up with other bikes nearby. Your thieves will most likely go for better bikes if they can and ignore yours (esp if you have a robust lock for it). Unless it's a gang, they're only going to take one bike, and the better the other bikes the more incentive they'll target those.

This. Also, chain it to something that can't be cut through or yanked outta the ground. New saplings and heavy but impermanent "bike racks" can be cut off or loaded into a van with little effort.

Vague-rant
22-08-2011, 08:24 PM
Thanks both of you. Been meaning to buy an alternative anyway. Time to find a second hand bike.

As for chaining it- the campus's have pretty decent bike racks and I've got one D-bar lock and a chain with the other bike from my friend, so I should be alright... hopefully. Wonder if anyone will notice the rusty bike with the massive locks though.

Nalano
22-08-2011, 10:01 PM
Thanks both of you. Been meaning to buy an alternative anyway. Time to find a second hand bike.

As for chaining it- the campus's have pretty decent bike racks and I've got one D-bar lock and a chain with the other bike from my friend, so I should be alright... hopefully. Wonder if anyone will notice the rusty bike with the massive locks though.

It's like the Club™ for cars. They're not terribly effective at making your car unstealable; they just make it more difficult than the next car down. But yeah, college campuses are high theft areas.