How NOT to lock your bike in New York City

New York Bike Lock

As a little light-hearted break from a couple of longer serious articles, I thought I’d share one of my favourite photos with you.

The last time I visited New York City in for a few-days break from the UK, I saw this bike “locked up” on some random street. I took a photo of it, thinking that one day it may come in useful within a piece of design work. I just couldn’t stop laughing…why use the beefiest of chains to lock a dilapidated bike to a short post―where the bike can simply be carried away?

The mind muses.

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14 thoughts on “How NOT to lock your bike in New York City”

  1. Rob MacKay

    that is pure genius, and I love the fact that the chain is soo huge!

  2. Andrew Kelsall

    Yeah, probably worth more than the bike 🙂 Thanks for commenting Rob…

  3. Richard, Peacock Carter Newcastle

    Bizarre – especially since there seems to be a much higher post next to the one the bike’s tied to!

  4. Andrew Kelsall

    Yeah, it blows the mind. I’m still hoping to use the photo one day. It’s only 3.4mp, but it’s big enough for a leaflet or something.

  5. Tim Budd


    I remember you taking that photo! I think you should post the other ones which include me LOL!


  6. Andrew Kelsall

    Hay Tim,
    I’m not going to give my blog a bad image by including a photo of you Haha 😉

    Good to have a comment from you. That trip to New York was one of the best trips I’ve had. I’ll put some more pics, including yourself on Flickr or somewhere else, I’ll let you know mate…

  7. westernqueensland

    That’s a delivery bike from some restaurant or deli and the guy isn’t going to be in there long enough to matter + the bike isn’t worth stealing (no resale value). Often, even out here in Queens, where things are more dear, they just lean it against the building and lock it.

    My favorite is when you see a junk bike sold to some hipster newcommer with a kryptonite expensive assed lock where the wheels are left for “harvesting” (high flange fix hub with a 23 tooth cog) and you see the junk peugot road frame there with the lock at the end of the winter.

    westernqueenslands last blog post..Ghanesh’s Bike (with bell)

  8. Andrew Kelsall


    Thanks for the detailed info 🙂

    Sorry for the late reply, I missed your comment previously…

  9. Andrew Kelsall

    @Gilka lol, I see the resemblance 🙂

  10. Kiryn Clay

    i want that chain! hahahaha, nice pic.

  11. Laura Earley

    Ha! That chain would suck to have to carry around. I see crappy bikes like that locked up around my neighborhood right next to nice road bikes. I think if I were in the business of stealing a bike, I’d go for the nice road bike. My bike lock is pretty serious but that’s because bike theft is rampant around here.

  12. Sean O'Grady

    In fairness, the bike’s frame is locked to the wheel. Its not particularly easy to cycle away, or walk away with it and break the chain