How not to lock your bike

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I have half a draft of a write-up filed away somewhere with directions for locking your bike well. But there’s honestly no single right way to do it, and no truly secure way to do it … and just writing about how it’s done bores me to tears. Reading it probably wouldn’t delight you much more.

It’s probably more useful, and definitely more fascinating, to look at the ways *not* to do it, and learn from others’ sometimes frightful mistakes. A friend started a photo pool of poorly (or unsuccessfully) locked bikes last year. I just checked in and found that it’s grown substantially. Please enjoy, below the jump, the pathos and can’t-look-away horror of bike locking gone bad.

If you do feel inclined (and patient enough) to write about how *to* lock your bike, please feel free to share your expertise (or your favorite links) in the comments. And feel free to add your own photos to this collection.

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