I went to Sichuan University today with a friend to kick an Australian Rules football back and forth. The fields were not heavily used and we had plenty of room. We locked our bikes to the fence outside the field in plain view.
A number of people came watched us on and off, including one guy in a white down jacket. I didnt realize that he was standing next to my bike.
After about an hour I saw him riding off, and was surprised because I didnt think he had a bike with him. Then I looked more closely and saw that he was sitting on my bike! I had to sprint about 50 m to get outside the gate and he was still about 20 m in front of me. I hadnt said anything, but he looked over his left shoulder and saw me coming. but he couldnt get away. I reached out to grab his jacket to pull him to the left, but as I did he looked over his left shoulder again and lurched right.
He went down over the right side onto his front. The bike bounced up, and the pedal got me on the right knee and something got me on the left ankle. He bounced up to his feet and started running off. I was in a bit much pain to chase him, but yelled out "thief" in Chinese (I had just learnt how to say this!).
My friend arrived but by this time he was gone. My friend tried to give chase but it was just too late.
There are some scratches on the right STI and the corner of my B17.
Sitting here in a little pain, there are three gashes on my right knee cap, and my knee is a little stiff, and there is a tear on my jeans.
Still, my bike is back in my apartment, and there is a thief who will be a little more cautious.