June 13, 2014

Word of the Day: "Bikejacker"

I sometimes assume that my bike is safe from theft. When it's locked within view, for instance. Or leaning against the wall of my (locked) apartment. Or when I'm riding it. Sitting astride your steed is insufficient safeguard in South Africa, though, where a 2011 increase in bike-jackings had Bicycling magazine offering readers a rather chilling how-to list: "How To Avoid a Bike-Jacking."

Cyclists should ride in groups, Bicycling advised, and avoid unfamiliar areas. 

Malcolm Fox did neither on May 31. The 36-year-old father of two, a project manager at the Virgin Active chain of health clubs, got lost on a ride through the Ongegund vineyard in Somerset West near the southwest tip of South Africa. Three men held him up at gunpoint, robbing him of his sunglasses, car keys, cell phone, and mountain bike. They did not take the GoPro camera mounted on Fox's helmet. It recorded the entire exchange, and Fox later posted the footage on YouTube:

While Fox's story ends happily enough—his GoPro video helped police apprehend three suspects and his bike has been recovered—he has learned his lesson. He'll no longer ride alone.

Be safe, cyclists, and beware of bikejackers.


  1. Watch out when you're in Germany too! At least fictional Germany :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImzfplHZxPs#t=16m45s

    1. Sie wollen aber den Typ festnehmen, oder? (Und nicht das Fahrrad stehlen?)

    2. Aber während der Flucht hat der Typ gebikejackt! Also sei vorsichtig, dass du auf deinem Fahrrad einem flüchtigen Täter nicht in die Quere kommst!

  2. Ja...ich habe noch einmal zugeschaut und jetzt verstehe ich :)