As someone who thinks of their bike as a car, sometimes I really wish bikes were a little more like cars. Because most drivers I know would not put up with this sort of thing…
Oh dear – the stuff with the car on the right… a lesson of bitter experience?
Look on the bright side though. If things were reversed, then the sort of routine antisocial, casual law-breaking that many drivers indulge in would also be allowed for bikes. Want to ride on the UK’s pavement (that’s the sidewalk to you)? No problem – *everyone* drives along it to park out of the way of other cars. Want to ride fast in a residential street? No problem – that “speed limit” is really more of a guide anyway, set ont he expectation that 15% of drivers will routinely break it. Want to take a gamble at an amber light (which in the UK means, “If the amber light appears you may go on only if you have already crossed the stop line or are so close to it that to stop might cause a collision.”) that turns to red just as your front wheel crosses the line? No problem – change onto the big chainring and go for it!
On second thoughts, I’ll stick as I am. And replace those quick release skewers with old-style nuts when I get my new wheels.
Love the ulock detail!
You got a taste of cars for sure. I’m damn sure no one else would have ever cartooned “Kizashi” till date!!!
At least didn’t steal our engines like happened last week – no more hating.
Fun comparisons. I love the U-lock to solid objects. Of course, urban car drivers might not find this very funny: you realize, of course, that car wheels do get stolen, and probably with a frequency not altogether different from bike wheels? They also have 4 of them to replace (usually all stolen as a set) and they are worth similar amounts of money, but car wheels have a much readier resale market.
The seat, though, is almost uniquely a bicycling problem, I think. I never worried about my motorcycle seat. Or wheels, for that matter.
Ha ha, yes – I must admit, my main reason for wanting a dyno hub and dyno lights are so that they’re less likely to be stolen, so I won’t have to constantly be taking my lights on and off.
A wheel costs may be $200-$300 while a new muffler on a car cost $600+. The average car in Boston spends $450/year on road induced repairs. $450 covers repairs for all 4 of my bikes with some $ left over. Glad for bikes as they are and with I could give up the car altogether…
Not that it doesn’t happen, of course:
Yes, it would be nice if more models of bicycle lights were designed to be installed rather than clipped on. I had a tough time finding a rear blinky that a) was not blinding, b) doubled as a reflector and c) was designed so that a thief would have to carry tools to remove it (that is, it is installed rather than clipped on). A built in lock (European-style wheel lock) and a small locking compartment for a spare tube, patch kit, multi-tool and tire levers, keyed to match the wheel lock, would be a big step forward.
I have a Breezer Uptown with some of this stuff built in (the lights and wheel lock), but is somewhat cheaply made and the built-in rear light fell apart.
The light you want is made by Cateye. Although only the rear light installs. The front light I made permanent using a tie wrap.
If cars were stolen/attacked with the frequency bikes are, I’m sure something would be done about it, but alas, cyclists are still second class citizens.
The only way in which I wish my bike were more like a car, is I wish there were more places in which I could just leave it without having to lock it TO something. Being able to be picked up and carried off, even if the wheels won’t roll, is a bit of a disadvantage. Otherwise, though, my bike pretty much is like a car in all these respects.
Aa always, your take on things adds to my day and brings a smile, thank you. But if I had to jump through as many hoops to make my bike legal as I do to make my car legal it, too, might be sitting in the garage unused! How can we make this world safer and better??
Gotham Bicycle has a newly developed headlight designed to REDUCE chance of theft. http://www.bikegotham.com/
This cracked me up totally. Now if only my dang lights wouldn’t fall off or disappear at some point during a ride. I’ve been through three sets in one year!
So true! I’m looking for the perfect light setup for my bike. I love the look on the lady’s face at her stolen tires. Thanks for the smile!
This is why whenever I lock my bike up outside, I remove everything that can be removed without tools and carry it with me. (headlight, taillights, speedometer, pump, panniers) Then I take off my quick-release front wheel and lock it with a U lock next to the rear wheel. Haven’t had any problems so far.
I love riding my bike as transport. Thankfully, work has secure parking. But, one of my bugbears is the post-work parking ‘somewhere’. My bike generally has a cape roll on the rear. And front-rear lights. Often my rack-top bag too. Add the helmet as well and that’s a heap to take off/put on.
(I ensured my partner’s bike is a little easier. She now has a hub dynamo and great lights bolted on.)
There was an interesting Planet Money episode about why bike theft is such a problem in New York City (and likely other places): http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/09/07/160753071/the-economics-of-stealing-bikes
Basically what it comes down to is enforcement. Bike thieves are rarely caught, and when they are the punishment is usually pretty lax. The problem is that bikes are usually too cheap to make the crime a felony, and the law has never been adjusted to account for the “nuisance factor” of stealing someone’s transportation. The law enforcement consensus seemed to be that this was a solvable problem if society were ever interested in doing so, but instead we generally choose to ignore it.
Ha, that is funny and makes a great point. There are definitely lights you can install, though! Ferris Wheels Bike Shop carries a couple different options of theft-resistant lights:
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