How to Steal Your Own Bike in Less than Two Minutes.

Via Andrea Balt
on Mar 23, 2012
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And how nobody gives a sh*t.

Apparently, stealing a bike—say, your own—is not only easy (nine minutes of hard sawing at the most) but you can also get away with it… unless, out of boredom, you sort of call the police on yourself.

Is it the NYC effect, or is it just humans in general?

What’s not that different about indifference…

“trying to look as criminal as possible…”

 Via The Daily What:

Internet video maker Casey Neistat returns to his roots with a reenactment of his infamous 2005 “bike thief” experiment, wherein he makes several blatant attempts to rob his own bicycle in public spaces throughout NYC.


PS. Once you’re done, remember to leave a Stolen Bike poster or send yourself a love letter on Craigslist.


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About Andrea Balt

Co-Founder / Editor in Chief of Rebelle Society, Wellness Alchemist at Rebelle Wellness & Creativity Curator at Creative Rehab. Unfinished book with a love for greens, bikes and poetry; raised by wolves & adopted by people; not trying to make art but to Be Art. Holds a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication, an MFA in Creative Writing & a Holistic Health Coach degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. In her work she tries to reflect the wholeness of the human experience by combining Art & Health + Brains & Beauty + Darkness & Brilliance into a more alive, unabridged and unlimited edition of ourselves. She is also on a quest to reinstate Creativity as one of our essential Human Rights to (hopefully and soon) be included in the UN Declaration. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and sign up for her Monthly Stroke of Renaissance.


4 Responses to “How to Steal Your Own Bike in Less than Two Minutes.”

  1. chang says:

    this hugely overlooks that people have instincts.

    maybe they could sense he wasnt criminal

    its not just how a thief looks that tells us hes a thief

  2. karlsaliter says:

    I found it disquieting. I mean, not that I'm quiet. Good find, Andrea.
    Just posted to Elephant Spirituality on Facebook.

  3. Andréa Balt says:

    Of course. But keep in mind that they were just passing by – this gives them about 10-15 seconds for a reaction, a very short amount of time to actually stop and consider someone's intention and then decide he's "faking" it, and walk away in peace. Keep in mind that the response was general, not only did no one question him but they didn't even stop at all.

    If it's hard to read —say, your spouse's thoughts sometime, or the thoughts of those close to you, who you know in a deep and personal way and who you've studied for years… how do you even have the time – in aprox. 5 seconds to "intuitively" guess that a man who looks and acts blatantly like a thief is "not" criminal? For one thing, he was sawing off the bike chain right in front of them.

    I consider myself a highly intuitive person (in general), but if someone were to point a gun at my head, in that brief do-something-now moment of shock, I would seriously doubt if he/she was "just faking it" – as much as my intuition told me so.

  4. Andréa Balt says:

    Me too… didn't know what to make of it… I guess I'm still wondering if it's just NYC or if it's all of us uncaring, selfish beings.