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Old 01-18-05, 05:56 PM   #1
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Do you like coworkers screwing with your gear?

Man I got pissed today, so it took me a longer to get dressed cause it's 12 degrees outside and I come back and someone moved my bike so I'm going around trying to find it and it turns out some coworkers hid it behind something. So I bring it out and being the anal retentive that I am, noticed the grip shift was on 6 and it was on the 5th one on the back. And now I'm pissed, kicking over everything I find and I storm out.
Ok, that was a little harsh, but I specifically stash my bike in the basement cause it's obviously not safe out in the lab. In the past 3 months, I've gone out to find a coworker flicking my headlights on and off (if I had a HID, he would've burned out the bulb by now), someone obviously tried to move it and nicked my front rim (which has this "spot" in it when braking), someone tried to ride it, fell over, and threw the chain off, and one other time someone was shifting my gears and left the front der. on the 2nd ring while the chain was on the 3rd, I got outside, clipped in, rode off and WHAM!
Now I'm pissed. One of the guys was like, it's just a bike. And I'm thinking, well if I cut your brakes in your car, it's just a car.
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Old 01-18-05, 06:14 PM   #2
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I'm new here, and this is my first post (HI EVERYBODY), but I give a big NO to your question. I've had somebody reposition my bike (just "slightly") so that the chain was stressed around a shipping box. I was half-expecting the chain to have snapped by the time I discovered it.
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Old 01-18-05, 06:24 PM   #3
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Were these fat co-workers or what?
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Were these fat co-workers or what?
2 of em were slightly fat and out of shape, the other's afraid to go out when it's below freezing, another only rides in the park and is afraid to ride in traffic.
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We've had fun with a motel workers bike B4.... he doesn't commute. It's a purple "girls" bike and so we put one of those little kid white baskets on it and some flowers inside that. He laughed (he's a good sport) and left them on it.... he would ride about a block everyday to the post office in West Glacier :-)
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Even if you bring your bike inside at work, lock the darn thing up! That would eliminate about half of the dumbass ***** you're describing from ever occurring..
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Old 01-18-05, 06:50 PM   #7
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I'd lock it up but that's like saying "i don't trust any of you".
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Old 01-18-05, 07:02 PM   #8
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I'd lock it up but that's like saying "i don't trust any of you".
Er... sounds like that is exactly what the circumstances warrant!
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Old 01-18-05, 07:05 PM   #9
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Luckily my stuff is usually so dirty and muddy that my coworkers won't go near it

I'm leaving the bike locked outside now that it's snowy and nasty outside...
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Dude, you need to have the man to man (or man to woman or whatever to whatever) with your coworker and tell them that your bike is a delicate flower not to be trifled with. If they had a cherry Fiat Spyder they probably wouldn't want you jacking with that. Now maybe your bike ain't a vintage classic, but the point is it's not a piece of trash and they clearly don't understand the kind of damage that they might do. Until such time, it's hands off.

If that don't stop it, lock away, boy-o.
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Old 01-18-05, 07:48 PM   #11
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Sounds like your lab or office or whatever is out of control. Your coworkers should definitely not be messing with your stuff, but I can't see that you set much of an example by kicking things and storming out. Not a good work environment. Treat the cause, not just the symptom.

In the meantime, get a lock and a sheet to cover your bike. And lighten up about the shifter being on 6 instead of 5! Life is too short for that $hit!
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It happened to me also, couple months a go, with my light system. Riding back home I noticed that my light was weak (in spite of a full recharge the night before), well, it turned damn Rich had been fascinated by how bright my light was, had been playing and showing it off to other co-workers (!)
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Old 01-18-05, 09:19 PM   #13
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In the meantime, get a lock and a sheet to cover your bike. And lighten up about the shifter being on 6 instead of 5! Life is too short for that $hit!
I kind of understand what you're saying, but not really.
I can't see how life is too short to not care about coworkers draining your battery so my light blips out when I'm in the middle of traffic. Or how it's funny if I get on and my front derailler's in the wrong ring and it jams as I ride into traffic off the street. Or how it's funny if I loosen the bolts holding the latch on your seatbelt and you go flying when you most need it.
It's one thing if I rig your office chair so it lowers itself as you're sitting on it typing up a report. It's another if I rig the seat in your car to fold down while you're driving at 65mph.

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That would upset me. I don't want anyone touching my stuff. I'd be liable to slap them silly.

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Have a meeting with your whole lab crew, with the boss present.
Explain you bicycle is your means of transport . . . don't mess with it.
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Old 01-18-05, 09:59 PM   #16
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maybe they want to ride bikes or something!
why don't you carry a beater bike to work and then leave that lying around for them to play with.
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maybe they want to ride bikes or something!
why don't you carry a beater bike to work and then leave that lying around for them to play with.
Haha, sacraficial bike! I love it!
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I would lock that baby up! You should not trust them. It is yours, not theirs, and they are not welcome to play with it. Someone makes this security device for runners that emits an earpiercing whistle when a pin is pulled out of the socket. It is about the size of a cellphone. My sister had it for running on campus, you could rig that, if the bossman will stand for such a noise for such a reason. But I would take the higher ground an nip this in the bud, tell them no touchy! and the calmer you are when you do it, the more psyco you will seem. Or let me know I'll come by and rough em up after work.
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We have 3 or 4 commuter bikes parked in our office on any given day & none of my co-workers would think of touching any of them but all of us have encouraged colleagues to take it for a spin around the parking lot when they showed interest. I think the idea of a sacrificial bike is a pretty good solution. None of us wants anybody messing around with our bikes uninvited but it sounds like your co-workers just think of it as some kind of a toy. So, give them a beater bike to play with & hang a "hands off" sign on your baby. Don
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Back in the late '70s as a teenager I rode my bike to my part-time job at a grocery store and the assistant manager and a stockboy put a rope around the top tube of my bike and lifted it up into the rafters back in the stockroom. I would keep walking under it all evening and I would never notice it or that it was actually missing.

Another worker there who was a good friend of mine thought that they were being mean so he ratted them out. I still get a good laugh when I think about that.
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I dislike people screwing with my stuff as much as I dislike AOL'ese
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I dislike people screwing with my stuff as much as I dislike AOL'ese
OMG, U SHUD TOLER8 ALL PEEPS INCL AOL'RS. B KEWL DOOD.

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Luckily my stuff is usually so dirty and muddy that my coworkers won't go near it

I'm leaving the bike locked outside now that it's snowy and nasty outside...
Man, you can't do that! Your bike is like a piece of art. It should never even touch the pavement, let alone be outside in this nastiness!
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