Stealing Business from Bike Thieves
CAMBRIDGE, MA – January, 2012 – There are more bicycles on the streets of American cities these days. Improvements to cycling infrastructure together with a concern for the environment and an awareness of cycling’s health benefits are driving people out of their cars and onto their bikes. But as more people are riding bikes, more bikes are being stolen: according to reports from both the FBI and local police departments, as other kinds of theft have declined in recent years, bike theft has been steadily on the rise.
Fortunately for cyclists everywhere, Montague Corporation’s full-size folding bicycles are perfect for thwarting potential bike thieves. An innovator in the bicycle industry, Montague offers complete lines of full-size road and mountain bikes that can fold in less than 20 seconds to a compact 36”x28”x12”. This makes it so easy to store a Montague folding bike in a safe and secure location, whether in a closet, under a desk, or in a car trunk, that there’s no need to leave it locked outside, susceptible to vandalism and theft. Montague’s folding bikes also ride just like non-folding bicycles: thanks to patented technology, they fold without cutting any structural tubes, which gives the frame a rigidity not found in other folding bikes.
This combination of portability and performance is what makes Montague folding bikes ideal for anyone riding in the city – whether they live downtown or commute from the suburbs. “An increase in bike theft has unfortunately become a reality in many cities, both in the U.S. and abroad. People try to protect their bicycles with heavier, stronger, bigger locks, but these don’t always succeed in deterring the experienced and determined thief,” says Montague Product Manager, Jonathan Vandenberg. A bike commuter himself, Vandenberg continues, “It’s a good idea to have a high-quality lock, of course, but the best way to prevent your bike from being stolen is to keep it inside when you’re not riding, where it’s not even going to be a target. Montague folding bikes have become more popular in the last few years for exactly this reason. They’re easy to store inside because they fold to fit under a desk, or just about anywhere else. So there’s no more worry about leaving a bike outside for 8+ hours during the workday.”
Law enforcement agrees. Says one police department spokesperson, “We encourage people to help themselves [from] becoming the victims of crime by securing their cycles with approved locks and ensuring that they are stored in a locked building when not in use.” (From http://road.cc). This strategy is also advocated by numerous community bicycle organizations and local governments.
As wonderful as it is to ride a bicycle, indoor bike storage can seem like a burden – it can be awkward to fit in elevators and staircases, and who has room for it anyway? – but it doesn’t have to be. A Montague folding bike is easy to take inside and fits discreetly in a corner or closet. And importantly, storing your bike inside is the closest thing to a guarantee that it won’t ride away without you.
For information on Montague’s full line of mountain and road bikes, visit www.montaguebikes.com or contact Montague at 800-736-5348.
About Montague Corporation
Montague Corporation is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is dedicated to advancing cycling through the development of inventive technologies that provide its customers with an unprecedented combination of performance and convenience. Montague has been manufacturing bikes and bike components for over 25 years. Visit www.montaguebikes.com or call toll free (800) 736-5348 for more information about Montague products and technologies.