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Stolen Bike and Related Question – Should New Bikes Be Painted in Dull Colors?

by Prince Of Petworth October 5, 2011 at 11:00 am 40 Comments

“Dear PoPville,

My brand new bike, “robin egg” blue Surly Cross Check stolen from outside Busboys and Poets at 14 and V last night between 8 and 11 pm.”

If anyone spots this bike please email me at princeofpetworth(at)gmail and I’ll put you in touch with the reader.

But it also leads me to a question I’ve been meaning to ask – and I admit it’s disappointing that I have to think this way – do you think new bikes should be painted dull colors to make them less tempting for thieves? A friend of mine who had a couple of bikes stolen did that to his third bike and never had a problem after that. Do you guys think that is an effective tactic? Again admittedly it sucks to have to do so but if it works…?

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