Abandoned Raleigh.

Paulus

Started young, and still going.
Location
Barnet,
This forlorn specimen has been locked up near to me for weeks. Can anyone identify it. It has a 531 frame but the decals are a bit worn off. Just out of interest I may put a tag on it and if the owner fancies selling it I would be interested . The paintwork needs attention, and the gearing, Sora, and the wheels aren't original.
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Salty seadog

Space Cadet...(3rd Class...)
I'll sell it to you. You'll need to cut the lock as I've lost the key. That's why it's been there for weeks.
 
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Paulus

Paulus

Started young, and still going.
Location
Barnet,
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It's a 1987 Raleigh Granada tourer with a 23" frame. I'm not sure I'd just take it, you could end up contributing to the 'have you been in prison thread'!
You could possibly contact the police and get their advice, it's worth saving for sure.

http://www.kurtkaminer.com/TH_raleigh_cat_uk87.html
I have no intentions of taking it. Should the owner ever come back for it, who knows what the story is there, but I shall leave a note on it should they ever turn up.
 

Cycleops

Guru
Location
Accra, Ghana
Seems a shame to let it sit there and get vandalised which might be the end game if the owner has abandoned it. I should be a bit more proactive. Ask the police if you can remove it and put it in their care and then if nobody claims it within a certain time it's yours?
I remember @Globalti had a similar scenario with an abandoned bike.
 
Good afternoon,

This forlorn specimen has been locked up near to me for weeks. Can anyone identify it. It has a 531 frame but the decals are a bit worn off. Just out of interest I may put a tag on it and if the owner fancies selling it I would be interested . The paintwork needs attention, and the gearing, Sora, and the wheels aren't original. View attachment 480754View attachment 480755 View attachment 480756
My understanding is that both;

Stolen bikes are locked up awaiting sale by their stolen "owners" away from attributable premises

and

Some police forces place GPS tracker equipped bikes in the same way.

Bye

Ian
 

Globalti

Legendary Member
I found mine on a Saturday morning dumped in a river so assumed it had been dumped the night before. I took it to the Police who gave it back to me a month later. I did ask around local shops and on some web fora but have never found out why an almost brand-new 2009 Roubaix would have been thrown off a bridge with a busted rear wheel in 2010.

There are plenty of innocent explanations for a locked bike that doesn't move. The owner may be in hospital, gone overseas, in prison, in the forces, dead or may just have forgotten where they left it.
 
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SkipdiverJohn

Veteran
Location
London
There are plenty of innocent explanations for a locked bike that doesn't move. The owner may be in hospital, gone overseas, in prison, in the forces, dead or may just have forgotten where they left it.
One obvious one, if the bike is parked at or near a station, is that the owner has changed jobs or moved house, and has left it because it is now surplus to requirements. Might be a good idea just to keep an eye on it and see if it ends up being given an abandoned bike warning notice by the local council. You then have to decide whether to let the council remove it or liberate it yourself after the statutory notice period has elapsed. If an owned bike gets served with a notice, the rightful owner will quickly remove the notice and/or move the bike to show it is still being used.
 
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