- £50k prize for best bike theft deterrent!!!
One week ago today, my beloved P7 was nicked from the train station 🙁
Left & locked there because there was no space on the train.
My suggestion would be that the rail companies offer secure bike storage at all platforms. You buy a ticket to put your bike in and lock it. The same ticket is required to release the bike from the store.
Encourages people to use their bikes to commute (without the ‘I wonder if it’s still there’ return train journey), rail companies raise a little more revenue and the local hoody t**ts dont get the chance to nick someone’s pride and joy for a £20 fix of brown sugar.
Where do I collect my £50k?Posted 5 years agoslackaliceMember
A lot of the park and ride places here do it. You can rent a bike locker where you leave your bike overnight (and weekend). Obviously it’s the other end of the journey but similar
Good to know some exist. Clearly not in Portsmouth. And if it’s a destination offering, then one will need to get the bike on the train in the first place – where oh where have all the Guards Vans gone???
Could be a rather snappy song title dontcha think?Posted 5 years agomatttromansMember
I thought about entering this, but the rules are pretty vague. The winner will be the solution that takes longest to steal. Presumably that means that the bike has to be locked/attached to something, so that rules out any deterrents (charged prongs poking up through the saddle and all!), anything that disables the bike, but doesn’t attach it to anything can just be loaded into the back of a van, so takes no time to steal. Shame, as I think the big heavy lock market/bike cabinets etc is pretty well catered for, but genuinely innovative deterrents (such as remotely operating QR’s) have a place in the market and should be explored.Especially annoying as I have 3 storming ideas for bike security, but none of them ‘stop’ the bike being stolen, just make it more difficult for the tea leafs!Posted 5 years agofunkrodentSubscriber
Assuming nobody has put this on already, here it is, the opportunity for the singletrack collective, or a lone maverick, to put together the ultimate anti-bike thieving deterrent thingy and win a bundle of moolah into the bargain.
Anyone got any ideas / fancy forming a working party?Posted 5 years agoMSPSubscriber
You know how the police leave a bike as bait to lure the thieves, well that’s quite manpower intensive for what is (probably quite reasonably) fairly low priority crime for the police.
Well why not just have the police plant fixies, then drive round every few hours and peal the thieves off the pavement.Posted 5 years agoleigh5657Member
I think this should be quite a simple idea?Posted 5 years ago
Basically the main reason that bikes get nicked is due to the owner buying cheap locks and then leaving the bike in an unlit area or somewhere where there is no security, or where the security staff dont care.
So why not make the bike itself the lock? a simple pivot at the base of the frame by the pedal crank part (or whatever its called) and then a multi locking top bar as part of the frame. So! You unlock your actual top cross bar and slide out a long inner bar, you can then bend the bike around a lampost or whatever you fancy, then click it back into place and secure it with as many locks as you wish. This is obviously a basic idea and I’m sure there will be some flaws, but overall I think its a pretty good idea. with a bit of work this could be a very good idea…. maybe! It could even have a fancy name like ‘LOC system security’ beautiful!CougarSubscriber
Back when I had a motorbike, I had a lock which immobilised the disc brake. Small enough to stuff in a pocket / saddle bag / rucksack but (I imagine) fairly fiddly to bypass as there’s no open spaces to gain purchase.
Granted it won’t stop theft, but it might deter a lot of casual thieves from just cropping a lock and riding away. Any reason why this sort of solution isn’t commonplace for cycles (as a secondary backup to a proper lock)?
(I know the type of lock in this image is defeatable in seconds, but a better mechanism shouldn’t be a great leap)Posted 5 years ago
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