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Old 06.10.2011, 23:55
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Poor bike

Just got back home from the viaduct. I left my bike at the station nicely tucked away in the corner when I left. When I came to collect it, I saw that it was lying on the ground outside the roofed area, wet from the rain and with the rear light cover smashed off.

I can only imagine someone thought they'd borrow it to get home quicker in the rain and didn't notice the small lock on the wheel.
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Old 07.10.2011, 00:52
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Re: Poor bike

Is it still possible to ride with the small wheel lock on or was that removed? Very considerate of them to ride it back to return it dontcha think?

If it wasn't secured against a bike rail, then another possibility is that it got knocked over onto the ground causing the rear light to come off or it got trodden on whilst in that position?

Not nice whatever happened.
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Old 07.10.2011, 09:47
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Re: Poor bike

it looks like they didn't see the lock, tried to ride it and stopped a few meters away and then just left it there.
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Old 07.10.2011, 09:53
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Re: Poor bike

That sucks!

Well, the "bright side" is that you still have your bike?
Where I was living before (the fair city of Baltimore) you couldn't leave your bicycle at the Starbucks, much less the train station.

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Just got back home from the viaduct. I left my bike at the station nicely tucked away in the corner when I left. When I came to collect it, I saw that it was lying on the ground outside the roofed area, wet from the rain and with the rear light cover smashed off.

I can only imagine someone thought they'd borrow it to get home quicker in the rain and didn't notice the small lock on the wheel.
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it looks like they didn't see the lock, tried to ride it and stopped a few meters away and then just left it there.
Look on the bright side. At least you still have yer bike, right?

EDIT: @Tearley - Check it out! Seems like we're on the same "bright side" wavelength on this.
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Re: Poor bike

Poor bike indeed.
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Old 07.10.2011, 09:56
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Re: Poor bike

Phil, are you seriously crying over a dropped bike here?
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Re: Poor bike

It was REEEEALLY windy last night, enough to make the heavy wood furniture on my rather well covered balcony move windy - so your bike might have got blown over, thus smashing the light. Either way, annoying to have to replace the light but I think you can get the covers for under ten francs in Migros City.
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Old 07.10.2011, 09:57
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Re: Poor bike

personally I don't understand people that don't lock their bike TO something .... I guess it's a space issue tho.
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Re: Poor bike

Having been a city biker for many years now (first in Boston, now in Bern) I am shocked by the quality of the locks people use in Switzerland to lock up their bikes. It's no wonder bike theft is so common. Most locks look as if they could be snapped off with a good pair of toenail clippers. Do yourself a favor and order a Kryptonite U-lock or something comparable, then try to lock it to a bike rack if a space is available. With so many other bikes around with inferior locks, no one will bother trying to ride off with yours.
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Old 07.10.2011, 10:09
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Having been a city biker for many years now (first in Boston, now in Bern)
off topic.. but welcome from another (sort of ) Bostonian....
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Old 07.10.2011, 10:18
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Re: Poor bike

Sorry to hear some wanker damaged your bike. I've told my wife that the rear-wheel-lock is fine at the Coop/MIgro or friends place, but to use the heavy duty steel lock at the banhof. Comes with a case that bolts onto the water bottle site or can be attached with velcro straps elsewhere.
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Old 07.10.2011, 10:48
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Sorry to hear some wanker damaged your bike. I've told my wife that the rear-wheel-lock is fine at the Coop/MIgro or friends place, but to use the heavy duty steel lock at the banhof. Comes with a case that bolts onto the water bottle site or can be attached with velcro straps elsewhere.
Impressive !! Your command of UK slang grows better

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Old 07.10.2011, 10:59
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Re: Poor bike

He couldn't find the B on the keywoard.
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Old 07.10.2011, 11:16
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Re: Poor bike

what is a wanker ? can someone explain in great detail please ?
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Re: Poor bike

sorry to hear. If it is consolance, both my bikes in the uk were trashed a year ago
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Old 07.10.2011, 11:26
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Re: Poor bike

Hey Phil
Is that your cheap Migros Budget bike?

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what is a wanker ? can someone explain in great detail please ?
Wanker = tosser

'nuff said.

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personally I don't understand people that don't lock their bike TO something .... I guess it's a space issue tho.
Yup. Nowhere to attach a bike "to" anything where I leave mine. Though new bike parking racks are now much better and instead of the crappy old wheel racks they have a bar that is positioned roughly in the middle of the bike, in effect allowing you to lock the wheels, frame and saddle should you wish to.
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Old 07.10.2011, 11:33
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Re: Poor bike

fixed the bike handle this morning. on the plus side, it seems that whoever tried to use it fixed the gear for me, so now i have more than 2 gears again!

next time, i'll have to secure it to something instead of leaving it free-standing. yes it was the m-budget bike
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Old 07.10.2011, 11:43
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Re: Poor bike

Boo to attempted abduction Glad you got it sorted this morning though.

A Bernese colleague was telling me about a Bernese traditional where people will just take an unlocked bike to get home of an evening and then ditch the bike wherever they are going, ready for the next biker-in-need to come along.
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Old 07.10.2011, 11:47
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next time, i'll have to secure it to something instead of leaving it free-standing. yes it was the m-budget bike
Collectors items them. You should'a got a bog standard (aka expensive) bike. No one looks at those because people think it'll have a good lock on it
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