Just... RandomOn one of my exceedingly rare excursions into the wilderness of the real world, I noticed something very interesting.
I saw a number of bicycles parked near each other and they were chained to various objects to keep people from stealing them.
Makes sense, right?
The problem is with the variety of methods people use to lock them up.
There are two basic methods I've observed:
1) chain through the frame
This is the pretty standard method of chaining up a bike. You simply run your chain lock through the frame and around another object.
Preferably something immovable as that sort of is the point.
Also, preferably something inanimate as people tend to get all upset when you tie your bike to their dog or child.
This is a great method, but has one shortcoming in that people can remove and steal your front tire.
2) chain through the front tire
While less common, this is also an acceptable method for locking up your bike. You run the chain between the spokes so that people are unable to take your front wheel.
Sure, they can steal the frame (including the back wheel), but they won't get your front wheel.
Everyone knows that's the good one, right?
Now, you're probably saying to yourself "Self, this isn't really that interesting."
Here's where the problem arises.
Yes, your bicycle is protected from having one of its vital parts stolen. They are not able to make away with your entire bike.
But what stops somebody from stealing the frame of one bike and the front wheel of the one next to it?
Basically, they just have to commit two crimes instead of one.
Considering they're already in the process of stealing a bike, I don't think their conscience is really going to trouble them over it.
Are you betting on them being so incredibly lazy that they will be deterred by the prospect of removing two bolts?
Thief>> Aha! Free bike!
Thief>> Dammit. They have a chain through the wheel.
Thief>> And that one has a chain through everything except the wheel.
Thief>> Screw this. I'm missing Jeopardy.
Has no one thought of this before?
Am I breaking ground in the field of bicycle security?
Am I possibly losing what little sanity I had left?
Yeah, the answer to that last one is pretty obvious.
Side note: If you're planning on going outside, don't mix Final Fantasy Potion and Jack Daniel's.
That shit will mess you up.