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Old 09-27-09, 06:27 PM   #1
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My word, so few people at college know how to lock up their bike

The bike rack where I park has maybe 50 bikes on it, atleast half of them are locked up incorrectly. I see a majority of them only put the lock through the rack and their front tire, some of them are even just through the spokes, not even around the rim. I'm looking at all these bikes and I'm just thinking, I could take any of these bikes in about 10 seconds. I could cut one spoke and ride off on it. I've also seen a couple that go through the frame and the front wheel, nothing else. I'd say atleast half of them are locked up like that, the rest are good, through the frame, sometimes front or back tire (or both), and the rack.

I've been thinking about taking some bikes, and moving them to some other spot on the rack, with a note that says, 'you should learn to lock up your bike securely.'
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Old 09-27-09, 06:38 PM   #2
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That's messed up.

If it doesn't belong to you, you really shouldn't touch it regardless of how it's locked.
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Old 09-27-09, 07:23 PM   #3
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That's messed up.

If it doesn't belong to you, you really shouldn't touch it regardless of how it's locked.
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I never have, but you just don't know how it hurt to keep my grubby little hands to myself.
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Old 09-27-09, 07:56 PM   #4
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That's one of the big discussions we have at our college bike club. People just don't know things they aren't told.
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Why not instead put the note on the bike with instructions on how to lock it properly?
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That's why college campuses are prime areas for bike theft. We have students come in every week to buy a new bike and better lock because their bike was stolen. Of course we explain why and demonstrate the correct way to lock the bike.
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Old 09-28-09, 07:29 AM   #7
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Why not instead put the note on the bike with instructions on how to lock it properly?
because he has better things to do then to educate careless people. now if he can have a little bit of amusement thrown in there...then maybe. it is amusing to move the rack to get the message across toe the owner...i however, suggest don't meddle with someone's piece of crap walmart bike not because of "ethical" reasons but because you'll get in trouble i.e. security sees your or the students happens to stop by there will be a misunderstanding. if you really want to do something - make an amusing flier about how to properly lock up your bicycle! nevertheless, you'd think college students would have better sense to lock up bicycles through the spoke...sheesh...
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Tell me about it. I've been in campus law enforcement for years, and bike theft is a constant problem. We started this semester out with a rash of thefts, maybe 20 so far. We've even put in a "bait bike" with a radio transmitter.
I walked through the dormitory area a couple of weeks ago, and counted 200 bikes easily that were "secured" with cheap cables. The thieves can cut these quicker than the kids can unlock 'em.

In addition to the cheesy hardware, large numbers of people simply don't lock the bike correctly. Often putting the lock through one wheel, around a fork leg (with QR wheels...) or attached to some item that's extremely flimsy, like a temporary fencepost that can quickly be pulled out of the ground.

We offer the kids a good Kryptonite lock for 20.00, we send out campus-wide e-mails, we put articles in the student paper, we post "crime alerts" around campus and on our website....

Also, a very large percentage of kids who come in to report their bike stolen will have no idea what the serial number is, what the model number or even the brand might be..... "Uh, I think it was red...."
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^^ how do you know if your bike has a serial number?
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Locks keep honest people honest. That's all.
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