- Ethics and abandoned bikes
There’s a bike locked to a bike stand near my work which is a wreck:
– The front wheel is gone
– The rear derailleur is gone
– The rear skewer is gone
– There’s a lot of cobwebs and muck on it.
It hasn’t moved since I noticed it a year ago.
The frame looks ok.
It’s not mine, obviously, but I’m tempted to ‘liberate’ it with a view to putting some old working bits on the frame and either using it as a pub bike or selling it and donating the proceeds to charity.
Would it make me a bad person, would I end up in jail or should I stop my angsty nonsense and get on with hacksawing the lock?Posted 6 years agoglobaltiMember
I found a Specialized Roubaix (presumably) stolen and thrown off a bridge. Took it to the Police, nobody claimed it and a month later it was mine. It was a 2006 model but so unused that the rims were unworn, it was my size, all it needed was new wheels. I have done 3500 miles on it in the last 2 years.
My karmic reward for being mostly good.Posted 6 years ago
I say go for it. I take it you work on the NHS site. In that case when you finish work in a few weeks and it’s dark bring your car round so, your not walking around with what could look like a stolen bike. Use bolt cutters even if you have to buy some as these will be quiet and fast, you can also keep them in the car so you don’t end up walking round holding bolt cutters looking like a bike theif. High vis or/and a boiler suit will mean nobody asks you any questions. I genuinly would do it if I were you and am often looking for opportunitys to get a free bike.Posted 6 years ago
I love the Roubaix find – you must have been a really good boy in a previous life!
I’ve had another scout around. It’s well covered by cctv and I’m fairly well-known around the area so I’ve decided not to bother – it would be more trouble than it’s worth if I’m caught.
While I think it would be the ‘right’ thing to do, others may not!Posted 6 years ago
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