WCCO anchor Mike Binkley's bike stolen during Bike Walk to Work Day

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This ended up being the last time Binkley saw him shiny new Trek, unfortunately.
WCCO's Mike Binkley experienced one of the potential downsides to bike commuting last Friday during Bike Walk to Work Day.

Shortly after filming a segment trumpeting the fact the morning news anchor biked to WCCO's downtown Minneapolis newsroom before sunrise -- complete with footage of him locking his bike along Marquette Avenue with a cable lock -- Binkley returned outside and realized his silver and blue Trek 2.1C had been heisted.

"I guess the cable lock didn't work," Binkley said. "Those are pretty easy to cut, I now know."

With more and more Minneapolitans biking, it isn't surprising that more and more bikes are being stolen. According to KARE 11, there were 56 reported incidences of bike theft through the first three months of this year, compared to just eight reports during the same timeframe in 2011.

Apparently Binkley and some of his fellow riders would be well advised to spend a few less bucks on their bikes and use the savings for a more-reliable-than-cable U-lock.


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9 comments
Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

 Learn to pick them.  It's a relatively easy task requiring no tools.  You don't destroy the persons lock while reveling their combo.

Steve Horner
Steve Horner

Mike had his bike stolen because, as news media talking heads like him have reported for the last ten years: "Twin Cities crime is down."

StevenMN
StevenMN

 Bike thieves are scum but least in Mpls you don't have to worry quite as much and perhaps people  have become a bit too trusting. When I lived in San Francisco If you were careless enough to leave your bike outside overnight there was a good chance it would be stripped down to the frame by morning. I see bikes all over the place here that are left unlocked,, because people decide they're just going inside a store for a minute. It easy pickings for thieves.

bikeguy
bikeguy

If you didn't use a ULock its your own fault honestly.  Cable locks do not work!  Lesson learned.

Emmons
Emmons

One of the smartest things you can do is pretty simple: record the serial number of your bike.  Less than 10 percent of bike theft victims have any record of the serial number when they report it to the police.  If the police enter the serial number in NCIC, there is a much, much better chance of getting the bike back.  My beautiful Univega, stolen from my garage in SW Minneapolis, was recovered in Tempe, AZ, because I had the serial number, the police entered it in NCIC and Tempe PD ran the serial number when they did a search warrant on a meth house.  The bike was actually in better shape when I got it back than when it was stolen.

Say shhh
Say shhh

Thanks for the stupid parroting of a meme for no reason.

Yep
Yep

Use a good U-lock and make sure it's not one of the older ones, as Blaine above found out.  I'm not surprised that after televising him using a cable lock and where the bike was parked that it was stolen.  It's not hard to get a bolt cutter.

Blaine
Blaine

When I moved to the Cities from the sticks to go to school at the U, I brought my bike I used up until I started driving. Within a day, the bike was gone. I had one of those U locks that was later revealed to be opened with a bic pen. It really upset me since I couldn't afford to get another bike for a long time. I have not biked as much as I would have liked since.  Now I only get crappy bikes and purposely make them look ugly. 

ishmail
ishmail

Bike thiefs are one of the lowest forms of life...

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