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Today I Learned about “Watching Eyes” and bike theft

Yesterday’s episode of Sci Show Psych with Hank Green discussed the Watching Eyes Effect, in which people act differently when there’s a picture of eyes in plain view. Hank caught my attention when he mentioned that pictures of eyes result in things like fewer bike thefts. Hello! I immediately thought that we can post photos read more » Continue reading »

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Chemical warfare against bike thieves!

Introducing … the SkunkLock! This awesome San Francisco invention shoots a vomit inducing chemical spray when cut. Twenty dollar locks are essentially worthless in San Francisco and elsewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area. Cyclists now use hundred dollar locks for their superior protection, and thieves have upped their game in this arms race with read more » Continue reading »

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Announcing the INVINCIBLE theft-resistant city bike

You might remember Slava Menn’s story: He began designing and selling theft-proof bicycle components after a friend’s bike was stolen. He and his company, Fortified Bicycle Company, have now upped that game with a bike designed from the ground up to be resistant to theft: the Invincible. With this bike, you don’t need after market read more » Continue reading »

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Uglify your bike: Does it work?

To make your bike less likely a target for bike thieves, you’re told to sloppily rattle can and sticker your frame. I knew a guy who completely wrapped his frame in duct tape, which very effectively uglified it. I’ve long been skeptical of the usual advice to “uglify” your bike to make it less appealing read more » Continue reading »

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UCSC: Two dozen stolen bicycles in 3 weeks!

The University of California Santa Cruz Police Department sent this Crime Bulletin about campus bike theft on Saturday. The UC Santa Cruz Police Department is seeking the public’s help with its investigation into nearly two dozen reported bicycle thefts since February 24. The thefts appear to have been mostly during the day from bike racks read more » Continue reading »

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Santa Cruz: One of a kind stolen bike

Local businessman Rafael Ortiz is on the board of directors of the USA Cycling Board of Directors. He owns a one-of-a-kind USA Cycling team Olympic bike. It was, sadly, stolen, and he asks the public to keep an eye out for it. Ortiz offers a modest reward. More details at the Santa Cruz Sentinel: Reward read more » Continue reading »

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Santa Cruz: One of a kind stolen bike

Local businessman Rafael Ortiz is on the board of directors of the USA Cycling Board of Directors. He owns a one-of-a-kind USA Cycling team Olympic bike. It was, sadly, stolen, and he asks the public to keep an eye out for it. Ortiz offers a modest reward. More details at the Santa Cruz Sentinel: Reward read more » Continue reading »

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Is this your missing bike?

Over 130 recovered bicycles in Marin County, California On June 24, 2014, at about 5:00PM, Deputies from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office Problem Oriented Policing Unit, along with Detectives from the Marin County Major Crimes Task Force and San Rafael Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit executed several search warrants within Marin County in regards to read more »
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Stolen bike Twitterbot

Here’s a slick trick: Tweet a bicycle serial number to @IsItStolen, and a bot will reply automatically if that serial number is in the BikeIndex registry of stolen bikes. Here’s a possible scenario: You see a Fuji Roubaix at the local flea market for only $150. This is a decent, entry level road bike that read more »
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Ride Report – Two DUI maniac vs cyclist results in DNF

I received word of this violent encounter between a pair of drunks in a car and a group of cyclists somewhere in the vicinity of Oroville, California. The “two girls” in this narrative are in the riding group. The assailants are apparently in their 20s; the cyclist giving the narrative, Chuck, was participating in the read more »
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