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Hal Grades Your Bike Locking 2014

It's hard to believe, but it's been nearly five years since we last went traipsing around SoHo grading people's bike locking with Hal Ruzal from Bicycle Habitat. So it was time for the next chapter with the mechanic who wears pink-purple socks, admonishing you about how to lock your wheels, frame, and seat correctly.

The process is simple: Hal and I spend about an hour walking around, and whatever happens, I try to capture it on the fly. (Which is harder than it sounds.)  This time it led to quite a few surprises and -- as usual -- many hilarious moments.  Among other things, we learned that Hal has become an international celebrity. And wait until you see the scenes at a Citi Bike station. Let's just say Hal was impressed.

The previous three Streetfilms in the "Hal Grades Your Bike Locking" series have received at least 300,000 plays.  Here they are for your viewing pleasure.

2003: Hal Grades Your Bike Locking (originally from bikeTV)
2008: Hal & Kerri Grade Your Bike Locking
2009: Hal Grades Your Bike Locking 3: The Final Warning

Clarence Eckerson Jr. has been making fantastical transportation media in NYC since the late 1990s. He's never had a driver's license and never will.

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  • Jeffrey Baker

    These videos make me laugh but I always cringe that people might watch them, because they make urban bicycling seem like a pain in the butt.

  • Clarence Eckerson Jr.

    Well Jeffery we have been doing them since 2003 and biking just keeps getting more popular AND more people are being able to hold on to their bikes since they are watching. So that is certainly good, although I realize your point of view.

    And of course, there are those who will now just use bike share, which isn't so bad either!!

  • davistrain

    Reminds me of when my younger daughter moved to Davis many years ago and wrote an article about bicycling. She discussed the problem of securing one's "wheel" and suggested the kind of chain lumberjacks used to secure logs on big rig trailers or maybe it was something on the order of an anchor chain for the Queen Mary.

  • Me

    Any info on the A+ locks?

  • Joy Darby

    hal is the best person i have ever known. honest. and what you see is what you get. 24/7. did you know hal was on the radio in santa cruz? listeners called him up and gave him questions for which he always had an excellent and funny answer to give them back. someone in nyc should ask him to do a radio spot - on THIS coast. he would be awesome . xx oo