This post has several themes / possible titles, namely: how would you prevent bicycle theft, for real? my bike just got lost (sympathy seeker post), and bikelines.
So I just got a new dahon (foldable), after my bike was stolen from a stairway on the ground floor (no door lock) in tel aviv. The idea of the dahon is of course that if you don’t leave them outside they can’t be stolen. After briefly (again) thinking about putting a gps somewhere it can’t easily be removed, with a transmitter, and of course you need a reciever, etc., I moved on, and a dahon seems like a solution, and besides I never owned a small wheel foldable bike. From 30 minutes riding so far they seem adaquate to my daily commute job (30 minutes each direction), so I’m optimistic.
Bikelines is my latest from the Where-ideas-go-to-die department, or maybe not, but it’s still a nice idea: Since I’m into my third bike in the last year and a half, and I happen to know the dates of the mysterious disappearances, wouldn’t it be nice to open a site and let everybody create a bikeline, like a familyline, showing “7.2007- 4.2008 k2, 4.2008-10.2008 nameless bike, 10.2008-? my new dahon”, etc. ?That opens the way to statistics, to geotagging (got them here, lost them here), and datamining (where are bikes most likely to get stolen? where are bikes most used in tel aviv?, what is the median/mean/std. dev of bike ownership? per city?) etc.