Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Anti-Theft Cozy

Spotted around Harvard Square, this road bike is sporting a green knitted U-lock cover!

Knitting a "cozy" for your U-Lock is a fabulous and pretty hilarious idea. But if I think about it, there might be more to it. The hand-knitted cover humanizes the owner of the bicycle. It calls attention to the deeply personal anxieties over the safety of our cherished belongings. If cruel acts are possible because the perpetrator depersonalises the victim, then perhaps this piece of knitted handywork will disrupt that process by evoking empathy.

Edited to add: After searching for "knitted U-Lock cover" on google, I've discovered this post from Bikes and the City. Bi-coastal trend?

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  1. Plus, it would keep your bike from getting scratched.

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  2. I bet the cozy works better than the antagonistic "If you steal this bike..." stickers.

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  3. Love it! I'm wondering what I could knit for my bike? Hmmm...

    (I have different sort of lock you see...)

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  4. I wonder how flower garlands would look wrapped around a Kryptonite "New York" chain.

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  5. I think this is crocheted, not knit.

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  6. I can't see for sure from the degree of detail in the photo. The stitch could be either as far as I can tell -- I could knit a cover that looks like that. Never really got into crocheting though. Maybe the owner will come across this blog and let us know!

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  7. Lovely, now for the DIY instructions to so I can make one! Nice post.

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  8. sigh- if only I finished my shrug to cover my arms from the sun- I could work on a lock cozy.

    I keep thinking you are here, but not yet eh?

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  9. Shelly -- It looks like a plain rectangular piece, folded over the length of the lock?

    MamaVee -- next week! I can knit, and quite quickly... but only in front of the TV! But we haven't had a TV for years, so no knitting.

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  10. hey lovely bikers, yeah super cool. is just that us people on bikes are so crafty! xoxo from the west coast baby

    sweet blog btw /♥m

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  11. Hey, I accidentally happened upon this and I was the creator of the cozie pictured here. Gave it to a friend, that's her bike. It is crotched, I just found it easier to make that way. Actually going to start selling them at a local bike store in Cambridge.

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  12. hi, i believe my sister, Ivy, made this knitted Ulock cover!! You too can have one as she has just started making them for Broadway Bicycle! Happy Cycling :)

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