bike locked to my bike and the stand

Discussion in 'Cycling Archive' started by Adam Funk, May 9, 2014.

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    Adam Funk Guest

    I came out of church late one evening a couple of weeks ago & found a
    bike on the opposite side of the stand to mine --- locked to the stand
    with one lock & to my top tube with another. (It wasn't a proper
    vertical & horizontal Sheffield stand but a stupid fin-shaped one.)
    Grrr. I phoned the police for advice & they said there was nothing
    they could do (they could get sued for damaging someone else's lock,
    for example).

    So I wandered into the nearby mini-supermarket & pub, found one person
    who had come by bike but was locked up somewhere else, had a text
    exchange with my wife, who said I should leave it & get the bus.
    Examining the situation again, I noticed that the other bike was
    locked to mine with a heavy chain & Kryptonite padlock, but to the
    stand with a 4-digit cable lock. This made me suspect a trap,
    although I can't imagine my bike looks attractive enough for a
    sophisticated attack.

    So about half an hour after finding the problem, I decided to start
    trying to open the 4-digit thing, with a view towards wheeling both
    bikes back to the secure storage at work, leaving a note with some
    contact details at the scene, & getting the bus home. Just as I was
    starting to turn the dials, of course, someone shouted "Oy! What are
    you doing with my bike?!"

    "Is yours this one that's locked to mine?"

    She got a little closer, changed colour, & started apologizing
    profusely because she'd arrived & locked up in a big hurry. I went
    back inside to get my panniers.

    I do think the poor quality of the cycle stand is partly to blame for
    this; in the dark, she may have confused my top tube for the
    horizontal bar of a proper bike stand.

    AFAIK, this has only happened once to anyone I know. That was in the
    bike/car park under our office, & he managed to unlock the other
    person's 4-digit lock after about 10 minutes of fiddling with it.
    Adam Funk, May 9, 2014
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    Stanley Daniel de Liver, May 11, 2014
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    Rob Morley Guest

    I once forgot to take the cheapo combination lock off my back wheel - it
    snapped as I pushed the bike away. OTOH I've been using the same
    Squire cable lock for 35 years.
    Rob Morley, May 11, 2014
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