Bike lock snuff pictures

This was the grisly scene from 24th St. BART this morning. Do bike thieves carry high-powered lasers or something?

Exhibit A: The mighty U-lock

Exhibit B: The security cable you use to lock your wheels

I prefer to think of bicycles being on temporary loan from the universe, so I guess I won’t be too bummed when someone collects on my $25 rusted Murray.

44 Responses to “Bike lock snuff pictures”

  1. Andy says:

    My room mate’s bike was foolishly locked to the chain link fence behind our apartment. One night my neighbors woke up to the sound of some thieves grinding away at the U-Lock with some kind of power saw, sparks flying everywhere. They luckily scared the thieves away, but the next morning I noticed they had sawed their way through nearly half of the burly u-lock….. yet they had left the 1/8″ chain-link fence untouched. Smart guys.

  2. Jam says:

    There are alot of graveyard bikes at that station. It would help if they let people put their bikes on the last Bart car even during commute hours. There’s room back there.

    • Chachito415 says:

      Wha? Have you been awake during rush hour?? Definitely no room in the last car.

    • says:

      Hey, I am doing research on population distribution within a given BART train. I’d love to get photos of your last car experience, with date, time, location.

      • timbo says:

        I don’t have any photos (and would feel awkward taking them on BART during rush hour (I’m no sexpigeon), but in my anecdotal experience on trains 8 cars or shorter, the second to last car us often the least crowded, since people from the empty last boarding area will often also board there…

  3. KyleM says:

    Here’s something I’ve always wondered: What’s with u-locks that are left intact on the bike rack? Did someone cut the bike? Did someone just decided they didn’t need the lock anymore? I’m confused.

  4. Joe Blow says:

    Inside job. the ghetto workers let their friends in to steal bikes.

  5. Cosmic Amanda says:

    Yo Vic- it’s gristly, not grizzly.

    Unless the bicycle was stolen by a bear. I’m new here so I’m not super sure.

  6. Cosmic Amanda says:

    Ha ha and then I made a typo


  7. zengrand says:

    Not all U-locks are the same. Some have harder steel than others.

  8. fugeddabout a New York lock
    You know need a San Francisco lock

  9. Jym Dyer says:

    • That U-lock is very far from mighty. As for that cable, there are 5yos who know better than to use one.

    I do like the fuggeddaboutit chain, but there’s not a lot of street furniture in S.F. to lock it to. :^(

    • Tom Frost says:

      And I know 5yos who are more intelligent than to insult cable-lock-using cyclists that way, Mr. Dyer. I have a thinner one than that that serves me just fine. But then, maybe it helps that the destinations where I park my bike are generally of less-yuppie-scum of varieties than the ones that you obviously frequent.

      - TF

  10. GerardB. says:

    Oh man i say the bart worker at the booth should make a check up every hour.

  11. tagsRfun says:

    Every lock has a key, and locks only keep the honest people out.

    • Jacob says:

      I heard this for the first time from my high school History teacher and it’s always stuck with me. Very simple and very true; if somebody wants to get in, they’ll get in.

      • Erik says:

        It’s like getting chased by a bear: you don’t have to outrun everyone, just the slowest person. You don’t need to have the best lock there is if you always make sure to lock up near a nicer-looking bike with a worse lock than yours.

        If someone has their heart set on your bike then the only thing you can do is never leave it unwatched in public.

        • GG says:

          Yup. I have a “beware” sign about my two very friendly dogs in my window. They’d probably excitedly welcome a burglar, but hopefully it’s enough to encourage somebody to just move along and hit one of my many dog-less neighbors (sorry, neighbors)…

  12. Tom says:

    I witnessed some bike thieves using a 120V electric angle grinder powered off their truck, cutting a lock outside the main SF library. I called the cops and they showed up but couldn’t arrest or even cite the guys, apparently because they claimed the bike was theirs and they just lost the key.

    I put my cell phone number on my bike so that cops can call me in such a situation.

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