Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Stolen from outside of Mutual of Omaha on 5/25:

2008 Gary Fisher Zabrano
"I love my bike" bell on handlbars

This bike belongs to Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge participant Kim Locatis. If you see it, you can reach her at

klocatis (at) gmail (dot) com
Please spread the word so that we can make it 2 for 2 on stolen bike recoveries!


Scott Redd said...

We've seen a few bikes stolen from our racks at my downtown office. The common theme is CABLE LOCKS.

These are worthless. Unless it's a really fat cable, a thief can saw right through the strands with something as simple as a steak knife.

In my opinion, a small, cheap U-lock is much more of a deterrent than a cable lock. We don't seem to have any pro bike thieves and "chop shops" breaking U-locks or stealing parts. They are simply looking for something that can be easily rolled, complete and whole, into a pawn shop for a quick $20.

I've known of at least two people who successfully recovered their stolen bikes. The method is outlined here in Brady's story.

I hope Kim can get her bike back. I encourage everyone reading this to stop relying on cable locks and get a U-lock today.

The Douglas said...

Ditto to what Scott said. Let me add that we should remind our cycling friends and new commuters to Photograph their bikes AND record the serial numbers.

john said...

I agree with Scott here. All a cable lock will stop is the opportunist. I suggest a combination of a U-Lock and cable locks. That said I only use a cable lock. For some GREAT videos on bike locking check here
Street films link

Hal is simply hilarious. He also has many valid points on locking up bicycles.

Or you could simply go nuts with the u-locks and do this (lol)
crazy u-locks

Oscar said...

I just bought a new Gary Fisher hybrid, and it would royally suck if it were stolen. I go to school at Creighton, and too many bikes get taken because people use JUST cable locks. There is a guy who rides a real nice "fixie" that uses a Kryptonite Evolution Mini to secure what looks like an expensive bike.