Monday, October 11, 2010

bike thieves suck

I hate bike accessory thieves. Yesterday while I was at the Crocker Art Museum Grand Opening some hateful person took all the lights off my bike. I had to ride home in the dark lightless.
I'm glad my whole bike was intact and they left my bungee chord. Which is nice.
If you hate Bike thieves too go here
They have some good solutions for avoiding bike theft. Here are their tips for thwarting bike theft:

1. Always lock your bike with a high quality U-Lock
3. Don’t get so wasted that you forget where you left your bike
4. The majority of bikes are stolen from home. Lock your bike even at home
5. Make sure the object you are locking to is secure
6. Don’t trust cable locks
7. Don’t buy a bike you believe might be stolen. If it seems to good to be true it is. Always require a photo id when purchasing a used bike

Another cool anti-bike thief organization is They use a tracking devise placed in a real fancy bike, so when the bike is stolen the device signals the police and leads them right to the thief. The program, not surprisingly, started in Sacramento.
The first bait bike was a brand-new Trek 4900 mountain bike nick-named Old Yeller.  They put this bike throughout Sacramento over a six-year period.  
"This single bicycle was ultimately stolen 33 times resulting in the arrest of 36 individuals consisting of 29 adult males, four adult females, and three juvenile males," according to the Bike Bait web site.  "One interesting fact; two of the adult male arrests were of the same person.  Yes, that’s right, one guy stole the same bike twice and served two separate jail sentences for it. "

Of course all this is great but doesn't get my bike lights back!
Fortunately there's a good step by step D.I.Y bike lamp instructions here and in my book the Urban Homesteader. Here's another set of instructions from Make Magazine. 
So I'm going to attempt to build one my self for less than it would take to purchase one, about $20. Wish me luck.  
DIY LED bike light from Make Magazine

DIY LED vintage bike lamp mod (Make Magazine)

Here's another good way to deter bike thieves. 


sayuri.riecke. said...

HAHAHA I love the last picture with the excessive amount of bike locks.

I'm sorry your bike lights got stolen. When people steal from me I like to hope that they needed it more than me so perhaps my stuff will bless them in some way. None the less it sucks having it stolen then giving it willingly. :(

NikkNaks said...

HAHA I love the picture of the bike with all the locks on it!
Thieves are terrible. I have had my convertible sliced open twice for either the garbage in my car or maybe a few pennies on the ground. Both times it cost me more than 50 bucks to repair the top... SO Stupid!

Makavetis said...

Hey, I noticed art as one of your interests, I started a new art blog maybe u'll like it! Thanks and keep up great work.


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