So, I actually have two commuters. One gets me from my house to the train station, and another gets me from Union Station (Wash DC) to my building. The Union Station bike is a beater panasonic 10 speed. So, in the past few months, there has been an increase in the number of scooters using the bike rakes at Union Station. Bike parking is already at a premium, so seeing a scooter take up two spots is frustrating. The bike racks at US are the inverted 'U' type. So, a few weeks ago, one of the scooter ******** left enough space for me to lock my bike onto the U that was next to it. It was a tight fit, and would have caused frustration for the scooter ******* when he went to unchain his front wheel. The next day, I came out to find my bike "flipped." Someone had picked it up, and rotated it along the U so it was upside down. Something like this was clearly deliberate, and not just a case of knocking into it.
Fast forward to yesterday. The same scooter ******* was parked there and the racks were PACKED. The spot next to his scooter was empty, so I snugged by bike in there. My bike was even resting on his scooter (the pedals and rear axle bolt). So, this morning, I set out and the back tire has no air. It's not flat, but is way under inflated. OK, so I pump it up. If the tire is low again this afternoon, it has a puncture, if not, someone drained the tube.
After filling the tire, I get about a 1/2 mile when I loose power to the rear wheel. I took off the plastic "idiot disk" and sometimes the chain goes into the spokes when I try to drop to too low of a gear, but I was in a high gear. I look down, and the chain is gone. I circle back and the chain is in the road. I pick it up and inspect it, and sure enough, a broken link. One side of the link is bent out. Easily done if you had a screw driver, or perhaps the pin was just slipping out.
So, what do you think? Is this scooter prick behind this? If my tire still has air in it this afternoon, I think scooter ******* is too blame.