I don't really wanna start a thief vs "proactive bike stewardship" thread, but...... i guess i will. Lets try to keep that at a minimum, tho'. Here is what is happening...
I live in the upstairs of a 2 story "double" and my entry is up a flight of wrought iron steps. The steps are on the left of the house, and bordered on the left by the neighbors 8' fence. Being the lazy bastage that I am, I occasionally leave things under my stairs...My turkey fryer is there, and has been since december, and i have also left my bike rack down there for days at a time. I make no pretense of this being a secure area, and i live in what i describe as a "hood adjacent" neighborhood. I know my neighbors and they are good people, but literally a block over is bad. Anyway...
Sunday night a POS pacific rigid MTB shows up leaning against my turkey fryer. Now, i have plenty of bike projects to restore, a '48 phantom, 71 peapicker, a crappy gt thats morphining into an 8sp townie with racks and risers, as well as the IRO group buy coming in. And its a small frame..
So i left it out there. Today one of my friends came by and asked about it. She doesnt' have a bike, has wanted one (just a beater to ride around the 'hood) and just quit smoking and is looking for a healthy distraction.
I looked it over and could make it ridable pretty easily. Shakercan paint (for her...i KNOW its still a pacific), a set of grips, and new cables and housing would pimp this ride.
So....if someone left a bike "on your porch", how long do ya hafta wait to adopt it and give it a good home?
(sorry for the epic read )