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Old 17.05.2011, 11:30
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Can I borrow your bolt cutter ?

So.. genius offspring number 1 has locked up his bike with a new combination .. and has forgotten the number ! (silly me for thinking a lock with a key was asking for trouble)

So.. the easiest solution I can think off is bolt cutters.. but I'm reluctant to buy some for a one off job..

If nobody has any I can borrow (bottle of wine provided as rental agreement) does anyone know any other options ? Anyone know a hire shop in Basel for such an item ? Would a bike shop oblige ? Would the police oblige ?
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Old 17.05.2011, 11:33
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So.. genius offspring number 1 has locked up his bike with a new combination .. and has forgotten the number ! (silly me for thinking a lock with a key was asking for trouble)

So.. the easiest solution I can think off is bolt cutters.. but I'm reluctant to buy some for a one off job..
Let him do it himself. It only takes an hour or two to try out most combinations... plus he will never forget his code again, been there, done that and got wiser
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Old 17.05.2011, 11:34
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So.. genius offspring number 1 has locked up his bike with a new combination .. and has forgotten the number ! (silly me for thinking a lock with a key was asking for trouble)

So.. the easiest solution I can think off is bolt cutters.. but I'm reluctant to buy some for a one off job..

If nobody has any I can borrow (bottle of wine provided as rental agreement) does anyone know any other options ? Anyone know a hire shop in Basel for such an item ? Would a bike shop oblige ? Would the police oblige ?
A cheap solution would be to buy a hacksaw. I have some boltcutters in Ge but obviously too far. Or put the bike in the car and pop round to the firestation.
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Old 17.05.2011, 11:37
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Let him do it himself. It only takes an hour or two to try out most combinations... plus he will never forget his code again, been there, done that and got wiser
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C'mon buying/borrowing a pair of bolt cutters is the consumerist/no responsibility for actions way out. Sometimes you have to work at fixing your mistakes. After all, if that's the attitude, why not be done with it and just buy him a new bike?
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Old 17.05.2011, 11:38
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Re: Can I borrow your bolt cutter ?

Ah.. bless him.. he's mortified.. and he offered to try every combination... but there's a complication that makes that makes that unworkable...

Like the idea of taking it around to the firestation.. hadn't thought of that...
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Old 17.05.2011, 11:40
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Ah.. bless him.. he's mortified.. and he offered to try every combination... but there's a complication that makes that makes that unworkable...
Oooh... I smell a math puzzle! go on, what's the complication?
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Old 17.05.2011, 11:46
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ah.. the complication is 'personal'.. if you're nosey enough i'd happily explain the details privately.. especially if you're handing over bolt cutters for a 10 minute job...
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Old 17.05.2011, 11:48
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ah.. the complication is 'personal'.. if you're nosey enough i'd happily explain the details privately.. especially if you're handing over bolt cutters for a 10 minute job...
Ah, I thought there was something special about the lock that would make it difficult to test all combinations in an orderly fashion.

Haven't got any bolt cutters, sorry.
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Old 17.05.2011, 11:49
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Re: Can I borrow your bolt cutter ?

it is his bike isnt it?

if not he can flog it on ef ! shhh
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Re: Can I borrow your bolt cutter ?

your local bike shop will certainly have one for you to borrow precisely for circumstances such as these
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Old 17.05.2011, 11:50
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Re: Can I borrow your bolt cutter ?

Look up the make of the bike lock online, it might be one that could be picked easily.
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Old 17.05.2011, 11:55
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ah.. the complication is 'personal'.. if you're nosey enough i'd happily explain the details privately.. especially if you're handing over bolt cutters for a 10 minute job...
I'm tempted to buy some bolt cutters, just to hear the explanation

Start a new thread, describing your friend's issue with a bike lock. We won't make the connection. Honest
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Old 17.05.2011, 11:58
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Re: Can I borrow your bolt cutter ?

Ooops. Forgot to add my actual reason for replying.

If it's a cheapish combination lock then pull the two sides strongly apart. One of the dials will be stiffer due to beng pulled against the "teeth" of the lock. Turn it until it releases. Then repeat with the other dials.

I'm guessing this won't work with a quality lock.
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Old 17.05.2011, 13:04
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Re: Can I borrow your bolt cutter ?

right.. I'll take a bit of a risk and tell you the whole story in the hope of garnering some sympathy.. and maybe some bolt cutters...

the bike is at his mum's.. my ex's.. he doesn't want her know what he's done...(and please don't give me a lecture about that.. you have no idea..)... he has a key for the velo room.. so we can nip in... all 'mission impossible' style... snap the lock and replace it.. .. she has the bike's receipt.. so we can't transport the locked bike somewhere else without the paperwork...

so.. boltcutters please ? (ski masks and flash lights might be helpful as well)

p.s.... it's a decent Abus lock..
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Old 17.05.2011, 13:07
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right.. I'll take a bit of a risk and tell you the whole story in the hope of garnering some sympathy.. and maybe some bolt cutters...

the bike is at his mum's.. my ex's.. he doesn't want her know what he's done...(and please don't give me a lecture about that.. you have no idea..)... he has a key for the velo room.. so we can nip in... all 'mission impossible' style... snap the lock and replace it.. .. she has the bike's receipt.. so we can't transport the locked bike somewhere else without the paperwork...

so.. boltcutters please ? (ski masks and flash lights might be helpful as well)
if its a lightweight lock, a strong iron bar wedged into the lock itself and something to leverage it should break it. Perfectly acceptable motivation and congrats that your son confided in you.
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Old 17.05.2011, 13:21
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Re: Can I borrow your bolt cutter ?

Carry the bike to that underground bicycle parking place under SBB and just stand near it. Within a few minutes someone will come and cut the lock for you. Before they actually steal the bike, grab if off them and cycle it home.
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right.. I'll take a bit of a risk and tell you the whole story in the hope of garnering some sympathy.. and maybe some bolt cutters...

the bike is at his mum's.. my ex's.. he doesn't want her know what he's done...(and please don't give me a lecture about that.. you have no idea..)... he has a key for the velo room.. so we can nip in... all 'mission impossible' style... snap the lock and replace it.. .. she has the bike's receipt.. so we can't transport the locked bike somewhere else without the paperwork...

so.. boltcutters please ? (ski masks and flash lights might be helpful as well)

p.s.... it's a decent Abus lock..
Ever heard of diversionary tactics?

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p.s.... it's a decent Abus lock..

Worth a look
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right.. I'll take a bit of a risk and tell you the whole story in the hope of garnering some sympathy.. and maybe some bolt cutters...

the bike is at his mum's.. my ex's.. he doesn't want her know what he's done...(and please don't give me a lecture about that.. you have no idea..)... he has a key for the velo room.. so we can nip in... all 'mission impossible' style... snap the lock and replace it.. .. she has the bike's receipt.. so we can't transport the locked bike somewhere else without the paperwork...

so.. boltcutters please ? (ski masks and flash lights might be helpful as well)

p.s.... it's a decent Abus lock..
This is the worst excuse ever... just get into the bike room and try out the combinations. No issue...

why don't you give us the real story:

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Old 17.05.2011, 13:58
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Ooops. Forgot to add my actual reason for replying.

If it's a cheapish combination lock then pull the two sides strongly apart. One of the dials will be stiffer due to beng pulled against the "teeth" of the lock. Turn it until it releases. Then repeat with the other dials.

I'm guessing this won't work with a quality lock.
Nice cover up.

Is it part of the curriculum for Northern kids to be schooled in the art of crime?
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