The Bike Carcasses of Stony Brook

What one Hyde Square resident calls a "bike carcass" at Stony Brook T. Taken Thursday, May 29, 2014.

Chris Helms

What one Hyde Square resident calls a ‘bike carcass’ at Stony Brook T. Taken Thursday, May 29, 2014.

Think that fancy U-lock is going to stop bike thieves? Wrong.

Enterprising outlaws will strip your bike, leaving only the frame. It’s a regular feature of the bike racks outside Stony Brook Station, points out Hyde Square resident John Sullivan. He calls them “bike carcasses” and says that’s what happens if you leave your ride overnight outside a T stop.

The city has a list of tips on how to keep your bike from being targeted. They include using both a U-lock and a cable lock, and making sure to secure any “quick release” parts like your front wheel.

There’s a bike cage outside Forest Hills. To enter, you have to register your Charlie Card. It’s free, but when you first register it will take about two hours before your card will open the cage. And though the “Pedal and Park” is on multiple video camera 24-7, that doesn’t stop all thieves.

In a 2012 Gazette report on a spike in bike thefts, police recommend not leaving your bike overnight outside T stations.

Sullivan’s solution? He commutes to his Back Bay job via Hubway, the bike sharing network with stations across JP.

What one Hyde Square resident calls a "bike carcass" at Stony Brook T. Taken Thursday, May 29, 2014.

What one Hyde Square resident calls a ‘bike carcass’ at Stony Brook T. Taken Thursday, May 29, 2014.