Bait bikes are placed, unlocked, in a public place with a hidden camera pointing at the bike. La Prueba de la Bicicleta (The Bike Test) then times how long the bike lasts before somebody swipes the bike. It's interesting to see the thieves see the bike and wander back and forth a few times before they finally grab the bike and go.
Via Chris Cowan, who injured his knee and can't ride his bicycle right now.
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This reminds me of the guy who set up a bicycle and had a video camera on top of a building aiming at the area he had it set up at.
He had the handlebars just loose enough, as well as the front quick release, so that the person could ride away. However, once they put a little more strength into pedaling, the bicycle basically fell apart at the rider went flying.