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Old 05-11-14, 10:14 AM   #1
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I had a buddy teach me a lesson i'll never forget...again...

So my wife & I are lucky to live 5 mins (on bike) from the santa ana river bed (imperial woods trail here in oc), and some of our favorite local spots are located right off of it (coincidence...maybe). So as a standard thursday night usually goes, the wife and I hopped on the tandem, fired up the copious lighting, and headed out to my buddy's bar (standard gathering for our local army). As i'm pulling up to our establishment, I see the normal characters and 1 thing out of place......a giant stone ash tray in the way of us locking up to the bench that i always park on. I don't know what came over me, but in sheer laziness & i believe the first time since my father played the same prank on me as a child. so I locked up to the front wheel and muttered to myself that I was being a lazy a-hole, but reassured myself "hey i know 95% of the people here and I'm very close with the management, everyone knows it's our bike...."

so a pale faced friend walks in, says he has something to show me.....and sure enough its my big fat slick, ditchwitch & kris king hub just sitting there sad & alone. My heart drops, all i could say was "i f*****g knew it". We go in, i tell the wife, she starts to water a little, and my buddy just dies "it's gone too far! i have your bike!!!". I begin choking him with joy, and we go and recover my ride from his bike rack (still can't believe he got the heavy old girl to balance on it!)

so with my coffee this morning, and my favorite morning read (gizmodo.com) I came across this How to Get Your Bike Back After It's Been Stolen and decided it was worth sharing. so very funny nick......you'll get yours.....

Happy Mother's day to mine and all the other moms!



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Old 05-11-14, 10:23 AM   #2
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We all become complacent... Glad you got a (friendly) wake up call!!!

I did the same thing a few years ago and a buddy "stole" my wheels. I remember how I felt when i saw my ride missing shoes and every time I lock her up now I remember how much i would like to avoid that feeling again.
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Old 05-11-14, 10:35 AM   #3
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It happens I'm sure, what was worse though was after all the emotion and adrenaline burned off. The wife turns to me, give's me a dirty look, and smacks me on the arm "HOW DOES IT FEEL! I WAS SO PISSED WHEN YOU DID THIS TO ME BEFORE CHRISTMAS!!". So i guess I had some over due karma come my way.
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...The wife turns to me, give's me a dirty look, and smacks me on the arm "HOW DOES IT FEEL! I WAS SO PISSED WHEN YOU DID THIS TO ME BEFORE CHRISTMAS!!". So i guess I had some over due karma come my way.
The first post made me feel sorry for you, what kind of friend messes with my bike? But now the true story is out, and wifey, no less. I hope your karma is now balanced!
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Haha it most definitely is, and lol "what kind of friend".... happened to be a fellow enthusiast and one of the many former owners of that particular bike. it started as "store bike" from jax yorba linda, then kept changing owners/form till it came to rest in our hands and was transformed again. I could have sworn i had a picture of the tire sitting by itself, locked to that bench....after searching & searching i realize the image was just burned into my brain.
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I remember in 5th grade coming out to the bike rack and my unlocked bike was stolen. A Sky Blue Schwinn Racer with two-speed Bendix. 1972, middle of May. One of the emptiest feelings one can have.

I still haven't gotten over it
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I just happened to walk by a bike today that was missing its rear wheel. The owner had looped a cable around the frame and used a mini U lock as a padlock. The front wheel w/QR was still there. If the owner had Sheldon-locked the rear with the U and cabled the front,he'd still have his whole bike. Thought about leaving a note about proper lockup,but thought that just might be rubbing salt in the wound.
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Thank goodness it was only a prank. Definitely would have sucked the other way, but being with people you knew you wouldn't be stranded. There is a bright side to it at least.

Any pranks planned in retaliation? Lmao
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headed out to my buddy's bar (standard gathering for our local army). As i'm pulling up to our establishment, I see the normal characters and 1 thing out of place......a giant stone ash tray in the way of us locking up to the bench that i always park on.
This guy takes away your regular parking and you call him your buddy?
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