Might have caught someone in the act of nicking my bike

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Gixxerman, 9 May 2010.

  1. Gixxerman

    Gixxerman Veteran

    Location:
    Market Rasen
    Wanted some shopping, and as I didn't need a lot, I thought I would do my bit for the environment and cycle down to the local Tesco.
    I locked my bike up and went in to get my stuff.
    When I came out again, I noticed two young lads stood near my bike. I didn't give them any clues that it was my bike, and observed them from a short distance away. One lad was doing what can only be described as "fiddling with the lock".
    I observed for a bit longer and I could just hear that they were discussing the merits of the lock, and saying how much effort it would take to get it off.
    It was then that I made my move. I walked up and asked what they thought they were doing with my bike.
    Their explanation was that they were looking at my lock as they liked it and wanted to know where I got it from.
    I told them that I thought that they were thinking of trying to nick my bike. They denied it, and told me to prove it. I unlocked the bike and told them to piss off and rode home. Maybe they were innocent as they did not have any obvious tools on them to remove the lock.
    Whatya reckon?
     
  2. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    oSLo
    Citizen's arrest would have been in order!

    No-one's interested in a lock on a decent bike!
     
  3. hackbike 666

    hackbike 666 Guest

    What sort of lock was it?

    I would have thought if it was a decent U lock it would have put off the casual bike thief.
     
  4. For what? Standing near a bike in a suspicious manner;)
     
  5. gavintc

    gavintc Guru

    Location:
    Southsea
    Very restrained - I am glad I have not found someone fiddling with my bike.
     
  6. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    oSLo
    Bloody right!
    Prevention is better than cure! ;)
     
  7. hackbike 666

    hackbike 666 Guest

    Where was your helmet cam?(fnar fnar)
     
  8. OP
    OP
    Gixxerman

    Gixxerman Veteran

    Location:
    Market Rasen
    Decent Oxford cable lock in nice shade of purple.
     
  9. hackbike 666

    hackbike 666 Guest

    So they fancied their chances with a cable lock...I remember in 1985 (I remember where I was working at the time) I left my bike locked up at Walthamstow Central Station...when I got back someone was trying to cut through my cable locks(s) I had two and he had got through one before I disturbed him...I only use cable locks with a backup Ulock now.
     
  10. OP
    OP
    Gixxerman

    Gixxerman Veteran

    Location:
    Market Rasen
    I hope you beat him into a pulp then. I would have.

    I don't need anything better as I don't leave it locked up in public for any length of time. I am usually riding it or it is locked in the garage. I only got the lock for securing it when going into shops / cafes etc. If I was leaving it locked up for long periods I would have bought a much more robust article. The cable lock suits my needs.
     
  11. hackbike 666

    hackbike 666 Guest

    Ok fair enough.
     
  12. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    Location:
    Stevenage
    Cable locks won't withstand a decent set of bolt croppers.
    A few of us on here have lost bikes that way...
     
  13. twentysix by twentyfive

    twentysix by twentyfive Clinging on tightly

    Location:
    Over the Hill
    Best deterrent is a cr&ppy looking unfashionable bike. I've never had problems with one like that and don't have a lock.
     
  14. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    +1. I have a dedicated "pub bike", an ancient Dawes Shadow which is so out of fashion, a similar example was unearthed which had been used by the Roman army of occupation. I have never locked it outside my local, and I still have it after ten years.
     
  15. dellzeqq

    dellzeqq pre-talced and mighty

    Location:
    SW2
    can I suggest taking a snap with your phone?
     
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