Many people own Kryptonite U-locks; some unfortunate people own Kryptonite figure-8-locks instead:

A Cautionary Picture

(Incidentally, something doesn’t seem to quite add up here. The lock, while bent out of shape, is unbroken. So why did the thief even bother trying to break the lock, if he was able to steal almost all of the bike without worrying about the lock at all? Or am I missing something?)

5 Responses to “Unicycle”

  1. unique distance from isolation says:

    dc asks: “So why did the thief…?”

    Maybe because it wasn’t a thief, but an owner who’d lost the key?

  2. Blackie says:

    I have noticed this about thieves in my time in this world. quite a few of them will destroy what they are unable to steal. Bending that u-lock looked like work, for sure.

  3. AlexAG says:

    The wheel and tire look pretty new. Maybe somebody was just locking his spare wheel/tire. Ha Ha….

  4. firthy says:

    If you lock your bike like this guy does:


    . . . then all you have to do to steal the frame is to remove the rear tire from the bike and bend the U-lock enough to slip through the seat stays.

  5. dc says:

    It’s not quite so simple—even if you removed the rear wheel from the bike shown in that Flickr photo, you’d still have to saw through the rear rim and tire in order to remove the frame, since the U-lock passes through the rear triangle of the frame. There’s no way to magically bend the U-lock through the seat stays if one end of the U-lock is around a pole and one end of the U-lock is around the rear wheel. You’d need to break through either the pole, or the U-lock, or the rear wheel in order to remove the frame. It could be done, but would take more than just a wrench, and it would be pretty time-consuming and attention-attracting—most thieves will look for less risky opportunities. (The front wheel on that bike, on the other hand, looks free for the taking, without even a wrench required…)

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