So, bike protection… ideas?

Earlier I had suggested a Lora-powered GPS as a lojack. I bought the best lock there is, but, well, angle grinders tend to eventually get through everything.

This bike is now gone:

This bike is also now gone

This seems like enough of a pattern that its likely to continue. Being locked in a secure cage w/ the best lock wasn’t enough.

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7 Responses to “So, bike protection… ideas?”

  1. Kevin Goertz

    Have you investigated any monitoring systems? I’ll be trying out the alarm functionality included with the Garmin Edge 530 device, but that really just helps when leaving the bike for short durations and likely within eyesight.
    This one looks like a much better solution. $4USD/month for cellular access so it isn’t cheap…but less than the insurance deductible.

    1. db
      i proposed a lora-based no-subscription model here.
      but i fear… best lock there is, best bike cage, the next step up is an armed guard 🙂

  2. Jayme Snyder

    I never lock my bike… I don’t even own a bike lock.
    My bikes are either hanging on the wall inside my house, or in close proximity.
    I’m that jerk who brings his bike into the store like a stroller or shopping cart and justifies doing it similarly.
    At Sandvine/VMware, my bike was kept in the office often by my cubical.
    A lock only cuts down on crime of opportunity where opportunity has not previously blessed the thief with an appropriate angle grinder, ramset, or internet connection. That expensive lock probably cost more than a shitty bike. Did it come with it’s own insurance?
    Even when a bicycle is “worth” >$5k, grand theft bicycle isn’t taken seriously.
    Maybe it’s time for an upgrade? or an electric longboard? A bunch of burner bicycles? Mark Rober style bait bike?
    Your home insurance may finance it’s replacement, but they are a profitable industry for a reason.

    1. db

      home insurance deductible, $2500. bike, $2100.
      i ride it all winter in the snow etc. no way on a skateboard 🙂

      I work on the 3rd floor w/ stairs. No way i’m taking a 50kg fat bike up 3 flights.
      as for taking it into a store? um, no way. Its my only transport, i’m not gonna ride through the mall like paul blart!

      WRPS called this am, the suspect is identified!

      1. Jayme Snyder

        Wow you must be the luckiest man alive.. hope you get it back in one piece

  3. Jayme Snyder

    This concept should be easy to replicate on a bike rack made of hollow tube. I have a design in my head that would work very well and should be safe and easy to retrofit.

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