11 March 2010
How to never have a bike stolen again
I was pleased to see this Christiania bike parked in posh Connaught Square, between Hyde Park and Paddington Station, the other day, taking up a fraction of the parking space of the family car next to it.
But isn't it a little vulnerable there, secured to itself with only a cheap cable lock? No! Not at all, thanks to the 24/7 police presence next door, guarding the residence of former PM Tony Blair.
(There are more coppers round the back in the quaint mews of Archery Close - they were quite helpful when I nosed around there, pointing out more picturesque back streets to explore - no, seriously.)
So that's a little tip for you, there: don't bother with expensive category-15 D-locks - just move in next door to someone who might have rubbed up a few people the wrong way after starting an unwinnable war on a trumped-up premise.
The officer on duty did come and ask me what I was doing, in a civil and ultimately friendly manner actually, but she beat a quick retreat when I started talking in depth about cycle blogging, changes in contraflow sign regulations, and how continental brakes are the other way round to British brakes. Another little tip for you, there.