How to Keep your Bike from getting Stolen 101.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 7, 2009
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With thanks for the heads up to Ben Marks over at the Examiner. Excerpt:

Yesterday I posted about the rise in bike thefts in bike-friendly Palo Alto, and how (surprise, surprise) expensive bikes are favorite targets. Today I received an email from the guy mentioned in that post. He was looking for a theft-resistant, piece-of-crap bike for his wife, whose wheels were swiped at Stanford. He pointed me to a great article at Make by a Boulder, Colorado writer and cyclist named Rick Polito.


Rick’s piece is terrific. He shows you how to keep your wheels and seat from being stolen and how to get wonderfully ugly rust effects. As you might guess, he’s also a proponent of duct tape. 

Over at, Matt riffs on Rick’s article by sharing tips on how he created his monstrosity (see photo). The guy even accessorizes his ride with one of those paperboard car air fresheners (wild cherry, of course…).

I just put handmade wooden fenders on my bike, so I’m sorta heading in the other direction. But if I was a Stanford student, or worked the night shift at Ritual Coffee Roasters in the Mission…click here for rest.

Click here and zoom for instructions courtesy Boulder, Colorado’s Rick Polito:



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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