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Old 08-18-07, 02:27 AM   #1
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adverse possesion of a bike?!!!

scenario - a semi decent road bike has been sitting up against a tree in my neighborhood getting slumpier and slumpier by the day. its locked up, albeit with a crappy cable lock and it clearly has been sitting there for at least three weeks i asked at the bar that its locked in front of whether or not it belonged to any of their employees and they said nope.....its has clearly been either forgotten about, stolen and locked with a bad lock, or the owner has been thrown in the pokey or has not bothered to tend to it in quite some time. when does it become public domain for me to ride?!!! im don't want to sell it, but rather, would use it as a bar bike. now im not condoning outright theft but if it sits there any longer, then sooner or later my robinhood mentality will kick in and i'd consider it urban fair game. had this bike been parked downtown, it would not have lasted 2 days the way its locked up.....

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- report the bike to the local code compliance dept or the police as abandoned:

- here's a test:

if you saw a car parked in your neighborhood for the same length of time in the same spot with a flat tire, would you break in and take it?
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Let it rust.
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Have you checked this site for a stolen bike listing that matches its description?
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scenario - a semi decent road bike has been sitting up against a tree in my neighborhood getting slumpier and slumpier by the day. its locked up, albeit with a crappy cable lock and it clearly has been sitting there for at least three weeks. i asked at the bar that its locked in front of whether or not it belonged to any of their employees and they said nope.....its has clearly been either forgotten about, stolen and locked with a bad lock, or the owner has been thrown in the pokey or has not bothered to tend to it in quite some time. when does it become public domain for me to ride?!!! im don't want to sell it, but rather, would use it as a bar bike. now im not condoning outright theft but if it sits there any longer, then sooner or later my robinhood mentality will kick in and i'd consider it urban fair game. bad kharma or urban recycling? it amazes me because coming back from urban adventures i often run into perfectly useable bikes that look they have been ditched. i'll take em home and try to find the owners through craigslist or our stolen bikes forum here in portland and no one ever gets back with me. i've found three this summer alone and gave one to my girlfriend.
His other post w/link. adverse possesion of a bike?!!!

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Old 08-18-07, 03:34 AM   #6
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okay okay....i'll leave the slumpy bike be...however, if im on a ride and see a bike chucked into the bushes on the springwater where all three have been found, then im still taking them home and will try to find the owner through cl and bikeportland.org.
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Thanks Tex! Springwater bushes, well that's another story. Although you might piss off some meth heads fishin' down at the river.
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