[Yak] Stolen bike comments
John S. Allen
jsallen at bikexprt.com
Mon Aug 15 09:27:25 CDT 2005
At 10:38 PM 8/13/2005, Richard B. Clarke wrote:
>"In my experience, I would not leave a bike outside in
> ANY city overnight, I don't care how well secured."
>David, I am truly sorry about the theft of your bike. It makes me angry that
>people will steal. I consider it an invasion of rights.
>I however, agree with Chuck. I don't have a bike lock, nor will I, because
>I will not leave any of my bikes unattended for any reason.
Practical advice: DO have a lock, because you will probably need to leave
your bike unattended sooner or later. I mean, for example, you don't want
to leave the door of the porta-potty open so you can monitor your bike, do
you? And also, it can be useful to lock a bike even inside your own motor
vehicle, garage or home. I have foiled an attempt at theft from a motor
vehicle because I did that. I lost a bike I had stored in my basement
because I didn't.
Use the folding feature of the Friday to advantage. A bike that is locked
*and* folded, especially if you have taken one or more parts -- say, the
saddle and seatpost -- is not an attractive prospect for a thief. I have
left my Raleigh Twenty locked all day, and once for several days, in this
condition and always found it just as I left it. See
http://www.bikexprt.com/bicycle/mytwenty.htm , third photo down the page.
Also, the Twenty is ugly and beat-up looking. That's a virtue in an urban
utility bicycle. I don't think many people will go for the drippy
splash-paint job and unattended scrapes and scratches on a Friday, but it's
a thought, and an opportunity to display your individuality ;-)
Put your identification in on the bike, both on the outside and where it
will be hidden until the bike is serviced. I recovered one stolen bike
after a couple of years because I had magic markered my contact information
inside the tires, and the person who had the bike (who claimed not to have
been the thief and maybe wasn't) took it in to a bike shop to have a flat
John S. Allen
jsallen *at* bikexprt.com (replace " *at* " with "@")
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