Annie – I’ve been trying to a better job with my bike locking since my brother’s bike got stolen last year. I think I have a pretty good sense for how thieves take advantage of bad locking practices, but what I’ve been confused when I see U-locks on the racks with no bikes. I visited Seattle last month and it… Read more →
Quick release skewers: Helping bike thieves for 90 years!
Dear Annie, Someone made off with my front wheel and I’m really angry. It’s not that it was a particularly nice wheel, but I did find it very helpful while riding. I don’t understand – why steal just a below average wheel? I went to craigslist to try and find my wheel, or just to buy a replacement, but there… Read more →
Bike theft stinks: from the inside and out.
Dear Annie, We have a shared bike parking and storage area in my apartment complex. We just got a note from the management company that thieves broke in and grabbed six bikes overnight! I was lucky not to be one of them, but I thought for sure cameras would keep them at bay. I fear my bike is going to… Read more →
The “bike licensing” debate: an infinite loop?
Dear Annie, I feel like registration the 529 Shield is a good idea for my bike, but in doing some research it seems that a lot of advocacy groups have actively fought against bike licensing? Some even say that adding a sticker like that gives the police additional grounds to pull you over or hassle you – like bell or… Read more →
How to avoid buying a stolen bike when shopping used.
Dear Annie, Some jerk with a hacksaw cut through my porch railing and took my new commuter bike. My renter’s insurance deductible was $1,000, so I’m out $800 and I can’t afford to replace it new. I plan to buy a used bike, but I fear that everything on craigslist is stolen. What can I do to make sure that the… Read more →
Choosing a bike lock: The careful balance of material, strength and pick defense
Dear Annie, I just moved to Austin after graduation from a small New England school where I rode my bike everywhere. It’s clear that bike theft is a big issue here and I definitely need to upgrade my lock. I’ve spent some time on Amazon and the web researching U-locks and I’m more confused than I was when I started.… Read more →
529 Garage Helps the City of Vancouver Cut Bike Theft
529 Garage Helps the City of Vancouver Cut Bike Theft by 35% Over 800 fewer bikes reported stolen and more than 200 bikes returned in the last 12 months in Vancouver effort Vancouver, BC – May 29, 2017 – Kicking off Bike to Work Week today, Project 529 issued results from their focused attack on the bike theft epidemic in Vancouver.… Read more →
Our Next Step in Attacking Bike Theft
Today we’re announcing the merger of the largest and longest running online bike registry on the Internet — the National Bike Registry —with our modern bicycle registration, reporting and recovery platform, the 529 Garage. The merger of these two systems creates the largest and most advanced anti-theft bike service in North America. Combining forces to protect bikes across North AmericaThe journey started 4… Read more →
Granville Island’s Operation Rudy Slashes Bicycle Thefts
Program cuts bike theft by 60 per cent on Granville Island, encouraging two-wheeled traffic Vancouver, BC (September 22, 2016) – The broad-based partnership program Operation Rudy, established to cut down bicycle theft on Granville Island, has had stunning results. The multi-faceted program has reduced bike thefts on the Island by 60 per cent over the summer months with an astounding… Read more →
Summer of SRAM Instagram Contest – Road Edition
The Tour de France is underway and so is your chance to win the incredible SRAM Red 22 groupset for your road bike in Part 2 of our Summer of SRAM promotion. Here’s how to enter: 1. Start by giving us a follow on Instagram, where we post our own 5 to 9 adventures, tips on bike protection and… Read more →