So as I was walking out of Kraynicks a dude tried to sell him a bike, which he wouldn’t take, but I ended up buying for $10 so I could reunite it with the owner (Trek store is suppose to call owners or already has, I’m not sure)
The bike had a mount for a cable lock, but surprise, no cable lock. Then after I got out of improv I came across a bike that had a cable locked to a u-lock to a pole, but no u-lock through the bike. (Might actually be a guy on here, but I’m not positive.) Then I passed two more bikes that were locked with cable locks and they were pretty thin ones too. Like low gauge wire.
I put notes on all of them recommending they lookup the “love your bike lock it right” thread on here and to also use a U-Lock. But it would be easier if there was just some kind of “door hanger” type thing I could stick on bikes that had the locking basics on it.
Seems like a no brainier to me. BikePGH could get somebody to design and print them and include like five or something with BikePGH memberships and have a bunch at the office. We put them on cable lock bikes, BikePGH gets free advertising, people get U-Locks or use the ones they have correctly, thieves have to steal something else, everybody wins right?
I think I floated this idea before, but can’t remember
You might get better results if you appeal to people’s sense of thrift…if you could get a local shop(or shops) to get on board, print the hang tags with a “10% off any U-lock” coupon, as well as the basic info about locking and Bike-PGH.
Thick is fairly anti-cable-lock; might be worth floating the idea there.
The whole setup is pretty stupid with cable locks… The stolen bike I recovered was around $600 msrp. Why doesn’t the Trek corporation just buy U-Locks in bulk and ship them with bikes? I can’t imagine they’d cost more than $5 or $6 dollars a lock for an entry level U-Lock when bought at that scale
I love the hang tag / coupon idea. Maybe Trek wants you to buy a new bike after yours is stolen? I feel like the sale of cable locks should be banned, but that won’t happen. A silver lining to the rash of bike thefts might be that the “fair” market will eliminate cable locks.
I use my cable lock when I am within eyesight of my bike (i.e. inside OTB), to slow down a would-be thief long enough for me to get to them. I wear road shoes so I’m not going to catch anyone if they get on the bike but hope to slow them down long enough…
I don’t carry the u-lock in those situations because it is bulky.