Bike thieves, beware

Two weeks ago, hubby’s scooter was boosted by a lowlife cave troll in broad daylight, and ever since, I’ve been über-paranoid about my old Honda Metropolitan. To at least make it a challenge for the next person with sticky fingers, we’ve decided to install a sturdy metal rack under the carport for bike-chaining.

Browsed the major antique markets last weekend looking for something that could be repurposed but came up empty-handed. Then we hit the jackpot at Reaves Wrecking–this place is like FAO Schwarz–and brought home a perfectly sized metal gate that, quite possibly, weighs more than the scooter.
The plan is to remove the chain link, cut off the bottom section, pound the U-shaped frame into the ground, and cement it in place. The cost for this DIY theft-prevention device: $10. Price at Home Depot for the same quantity of metal pipes: $30. Using salvaged material to taunt scurvy knaves: priceless.

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