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Too nice of a bike to be destined for the "stolen bike registry".

More like "bike rider fail". I'm not sure how anyone could consider that an effective locking strategy in this day and age.

The only thing missing is a big red bow on the seat.

we need stickers again that teach people how to lock up in the city.

If it isn't already on there.

Chris Hainey said:

Too nice of a bike to be destined for the "stolen bike registry".

It's such a nice bike and so easy to steal it's too easy; someone must be watching or it's a trap. Reverse psychology!

Yes it's a "bait bike". 

JM 6.5 said:

It's such a nice bike and so easy to steal it's too easy; someone must be watching or it's a trap. Reverse psychology!

Yep. I see too many like this in my neighborhood every day, especially at the Metra stations. Kevin's right about the big red bow.

Julie Hochstadter said:

we need stickers again that teach people how to lock up in the city.

And reminders that places like Kmart, Walgreens, Family Dollar probably don't have the best locks for the city.

Julie Hochstadter said:

we need stickers again that teach people how to lock up in the city.

Mike,

This was at the Elmhurst Metra station yesterday where I park my bike every day. Don't think it was a "bait" bike, but my thought was that it could be a stolen bike locked by a thief who does not know a Trek Soho with belt drive had a MSRP of $900+.



Mike Zumwalt said:

Yes it's a "bait bike". 

JM 6.5 said:

It's such a nice bike and so easy to steal it's too easy; someone must be watching or it's a trap. Reverse psychology!

QR is backwards. 

Why I mentioned it was probably already stolen.

Would it be wrong in a situation like this to find the serial number and run it through some different data bases to see if it was stolen and then notify the owner?  Or could that be looked upon as profiling?

I always keep my eye out for nice bikes in areas where I wouldn't expect them, something custom looking, or make a mental note of where I see a rider on a bike that obviously doesn't fit them (like flip-flops on a clipless type pedal).  Is that profiling?  I probably would have flipped the bike and gotten the serial number and checked it out when I had a chance.  I have all my bikes registered in a few places, including with the Chicago Police.

Chris Hainey said:

Mike,

This was at the Elmhurst Metra station yesterday where I park my bike every day. Don't think it was a "bait" bike, but my thought was that it could be a stolen bike locked by a thief who does not know a Trek Soho with belt drive had a MSRP of $900+.



Mike Zumwalt said:

Yes it's a "bait bike". 

JM 6.5 said:

It's such a nice bike and so easy to steal it's too easy; someone must be watching or it's a trap. Reverse psychology!

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