How Long Will A Bike Last On The Streets Of New York?

From the producers:

“Last year, Red Peak Branding conducted a unique urban experiment for Hudson Urban Bicycles. On January 1, 2011 we chained a fully loaded bike – bells, basket, lights and more – to a post along a busy Soho street. We took a picture of the bike everyday for 365 days, watching it slowly vanish before our eyes. The photos we took were then turned into a daily calendar. We call this project LIFECYCLE: 365 days in the life of a bike in NYC.”

I was surprised that it took approximately 260 days for the bike to disappear, and that the first item to go was a water bottle and not something more meaningful like the front wheel or a saddle.  The lock disappears sometime after day 211, but whoever took the lock didn’t take the bike.  Who steals just the lock?  Or was it cut by some authority?  Regardless, even without a lock it lasts (in part) another 50 days.


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