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Old 05-21-05, 05:59 PM   #1
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(not really a single speed post but...) Reading other posts about Bridgestones reminded me of how much I loved my first "real" bike, a Bridgestone MB-3 from the early 90s. That bike was dependable and just felt right. Unfortunately I traded it for drugs when I was using, and have always regretted it.

Every day I see a Bridgestone locked against a railing of the apartment building next door to me. It's not a high-end one, just one of their city bikes they made near the end. That Bridgestone has been locked to that railing for 2 years now, and hasn't moved. I've thought about putting a note on the front door of the building offering to buy it, and I've thought about perfecting the pen/U-Lock trick and freeing the Bridgestone and giving it a new life. It literally never ever gets ridden. Ever.

I feel bad that I think about stealing the bike, but it hasn't moved in 2 years. Somebody stole the rear wheel off of it last winter and the owner put a new wheel setup on it, but it still sits there through snow and rain. It never moves. I look at it out my window every day, and see it when I walk up my front steps. It would be a great commuter bike, it would make a great fixed-gear, it is in perfect shape. It deserves a new life.

It's hard to see something every day that deserves a new life. One side of me says to just ignore it, the other side says to me that Bridgestone would brighten somebody's life up greatly. Tough call.
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Old 05-21-05, 06:04 PM   #2
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Its yours now! You should feel good for recycling a valuable item that would have otherwise been food for rust.

Remind me never to get hooked on anything... the idea of selling my bikes for a quick fix is a scary thought....
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Old 05-21-05, 06:07 PM   #3
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don't do it. that's god's bike.
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Old 05-21-05, 06:11 PM   #4
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Put a note on it. Stealing it would probably be a bad idea as it belongs to your neighbor, and they'll probably figure things out when you happen to get a bike that looks JUST like the one they had stolen.....yesterday.
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Old 05-21-05, 06:16 PM   #5
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before this gets too involved, there's another thread from last year in which this topic was discussed at length. just saying. do a search.
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The fact that the owner replaced the wheel after it was stolen would suggest that they still use it, even if infrequently. I wouldn't steal it. Find the owner and offer to buy it.
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Yeah, I'd do the 'leave a note and offer to buy' thing. Or maybe even trade them for another bike that might be more suitable to their 'almost never' riding style.

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While it is not in the same environemental variable, on the University campus, one leaves a note on the handlebars, something to the effect of : "I have noticed that your bike seems to be unused and has been for a while. If that is not the case, please remove this paper. I will grab this bike in 2 weeks (date) if it is still unmoved." A friend got a sweet peugot last month, rusted from being left out trough winter. He even put a sticke on the bike rack where he found it with his e-mail, in case the owner ever turned out.
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Old 05-22-05, 04:19 PM   #9
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I wish i could stop the carnage...SF State, every now and then, cleans out their bicycle parking garages. Rather then selling or donating the bikes, they cut them to pieces, i went down just after they did this, it was a slaughter house. Dozens of decent road bikes and mtb's that could have used. I contacted the UPD and they didnt return any of my calls. Oh well.
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dude talk to the guy wtf try that first if he is an ******* then steal the bike
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Even if he his an "*******," it's still HIS bike. It's not like "liberating" a girlfriend or anything.
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"Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it."
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Not to be a threadkiller, but this subject was debated to death here.

The old thread is worth a read. Especially for the Mod on Mod action at the end.
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Thanks for pointing out that this matter has been debated. I wasn't on BikeForums when that thread was launched but will keep in mind to search first next time.

I'm not going to steal the bike, it's the thoughts of doing it that trouble me. I've had a bike stolen once and it sucked. I don't know which is karmically worse, stealing a bike to give it a new life or chaining a good bike (I love Bridgestones) up and letting it die a slow death.
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