By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Day 1: The fully-equipped bike is secured to a U-lock on a SOHO street on January 1, 2011
Ever wondered how long it would take thieves to gradually dismember a shiny new bicycle left chained on a New York city street?
Judging by a recent time-lapse experiment on one poor bike which fell victim to the city's scavengers, it would appear 270 days.
Design company Red Peak secured a bicycle, fully-equipped with a basket, water bottle, lights and bells, using a U-lock on a SOHO street for a year on January 1, 2011.
Holding up: After just over 100 days the bike looks slightly weathered but appears to be completely in intact
Thirsty thief: At 182 days, it appears that a thief has made off with the bike's 'I heart NY' water bottle
They returned only to take picture of it each day to document its destruction and create a time-laspe video. The video shows the city, slowly but surely, devouring the bike until around the nine month mark when it disappears completely.
Downhill: At 223 days the bike's d-lock has disappeared as has its basket
Destruction: The next part of the bike to be stolen is the saddle at 247 days
Sad state: At 263 days, the bike has lost its handle bars, and the front wheel
"You'd be happy to find that the rumors are true - New York is full of bicycle thieves," a Red Peak employee told Gothamist.
"We call this experiment Life-Cycle - a fascinating glimpse of elegant decay."
Last legs: At 269 days, the bike is left lying on its side stripped to its bare bones
Gone and forgotten: By 270, the bike disappears completely after being devoured by the city's scavengers and thieves for almost nine months
The bike appears to hold up well for over 100 days, but then at 182 days its 'I heart New York' water bottle is stolen. Things quickly start to go down hill from this point. By 223 days, the d-lock and basket are stolen, with a few few weeks the saddle is taken. The bike is in a dire state by 263 days, with the front wheel and handle bars missing, by the 270 mark it has completely vanished.
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