|Full suspension, XT-everything including disk brakes, cheap cable lock|
It has reached epidemic proportions, I tell you: bad lock jobs, and even more serious, cheap cable locks, everywhere I look! I was eating dinner outdoors with my family at a lovely cafe this weekend, near a bicycle rack with five bikes locked up, all with cheap cables. Then a guy showed up with a road bike and a U-lock, and I thought, finally! THANK YOU! He proceeded to hook the U-lock through the quick release front wheel only. NOOOOO!!!!
I have good intentions here. Overall, having your bicycle stolen is a rotten experience, so in the long run, deploying my Little Yellow Public Service Cards (LYPS cards) (not to be confused with the old LIPS laser printers) would increase the overall happiness level, or, alternatively, decrease the sum of suffering, wouldn't they? Yet, people are unpredictable. Some would not welcome this gentle admonition. A few would fly into a rage. Most would probably ignore it. Suffering due to bicycle theft enabled by cheap cable locks and bad locking technique would continue. Perhaps an experiment: place a few cards on candidate bicycles, use a hidden camera to capture the results? Or more open and honest, excuse me, did you notice the Friendly Security Note affixed to your ride, near your terrible lock? What is your reaction, are you likely to consider using a U-lock properly in the future because of it? On a scale from 1 to 10, how happy would you say you were overall, before you saw the card, compared to how you felt afterwards? Great, now compare that to how you would feel if your cheap cable lock were cut with a cheap cable cutter and your sweet ride was stolen by a ne'er-do-well in search of an easy twenty bucks, where would that put you, 1 to 10? Get up. Go ride. Lock up.