Bike theft is the scourge of the modern cyclist (along with car drivers, the government, lorry drivers, the weather, other cyclists, etc.).

The good ol’ days when you could leave your bike unlocked outside a shop on the high street and not worry about anyone nicking it are long gone. Even David Cameron has had his bike stolen (although you might not feel that much sympathy for him).

So you could be forgiven for taking pleasure in the latest offering from YouTube pranksters Jeremy and James Holden (TwinzTV), who rigged a bike with shock devices in the handlebars and saddle and left it unlocked on the streets of LA.

Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long for an unwitting passer-by to think it was their lucky day. What they didn’t know is that the twins were just round the corner, filming the attempted thefts with a remote control that triggered the electric shocks.

The twins, who have more than 975,000 subscribers to their YouTube channel, have previously left bait bikes on the streets of LA tied to a (seemingly) invisible rope, giving the thieves a nasty surprise when they attempt to ride away (spoiler alert: headset meets crotch).

Not all the thwarted thieves saw the funny side though. Their third bait bike video ended in a fight, when the victim took objection to having a camera shoved in his face. Maybe they had it coming, too.

  • Tyler

    Really? When you see a bike that’s not locked up you immediately think that you can take it?

  • Tyler

    Sweet! Nothing worse than a bike thief.

  • Django

    This is how I see it. Two preppy white boys in a slum claiming they’re doing justice when they criminalize black people who live there (who are probably not accustomed to seeing bikes unlocked in that neighbourhood) for stealing a brand new bike that some stupid person left alone.
    Ultimately though, it’s just two dickheads who don’t know a thing and only care about their rubbish youtube channel. I wish they fell down a hill face first.

  • Tony

    Don’t you just love it. Instant justice!!

  • tttulio

    This is getting out of hand. There are many people dispose of bikes just like that, so that other people can re-use it.

  • Derek Biggerstaff

    Shouldn’t these guys go to jail for hurting criminals?