Skip to main content

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 http://www.ihatebikethieves.com/
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 baitbike.com. 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. 




Comments

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.

Popular posts from this blog

Firefly Portraits: The Crew of Serenity

I've been heard at work making this fun posters featuring the crew of Serenity with memorable quotes.
I've done everyone except Simon, mostly because I haven't found a compelling quote from him yet.
So here's a long graphic of all the posters, perfect for pinning! (hint hint).
Right now you can get $5 off any of these great prints, t-shirts or tote bags in my Society6 shop.
If you like this, don't hesitate to share it amongst your sci-fi loving friends.


Which quote/illustration combo is your favorite?

I Shot First - A Han Solo Halloween

This past Halloween I wanted to do something inherently sexy. Who is sexier than Han Solo? Answer: no one.

I started with pictures of Han. Specifically from "A New Hope."



Here are the elements: Off white, mandarin-collar shirt Black/navy vestDark pants with red stripesBlack boots (I already owned a pair)Belt and holsterBlaster
I started at Thrift Town, where I found a pair of dark slacks, a shirt, and a black suede jacket. I think I spent around $12. I cut the sleeves off the jacket and used red duct tape for the stripes. 
I ordered a toy blaster online, it only comes in white and orange. So I had to spray paint it. I used this tutorial.



If I was going to go further with this costume I'd make a replica of the belt, like this awesome woman did.

Luke really wanted to be Luke this year. His costume was a little more tricky. We bought a karate uniform online, he used a pair of khaki pants he already had and we tried to make the boots out of Ace Bandages, but that didn't w…

Guest Post - Hand-made roll-up panniers by Libby Bowles

It's bike month everyone! Don't forget to check out, www.mayisbikemonth.com and register to win prizes and such. In other exciting news, my amazing friend Libby can do anything! She saw my post about panniers a while back and got it in her head to make a pair of these roll-up brooks brand panniers - and she did. Here's the story:
Hey there Melody,  Remember these (Brooks roll-up panniers)?Well, I was so in love that I decided to make my own. They still need a few finishing touches but I was so excited I just had to show you. 
I'm going to Tandy Leather on Monday to get the studs for the little internal straps and maybe get a set of leather handles to sew on top so I can carry them like a satchel while shopping.  I made the pattern based on the size of a paper grocery bag so they should be big enough for two full bags of groceries! I think they look perfect on my Gazelle, don't you? (Yes, they look amazing).
I wanted to make them a little prettier on the inside so …