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Old 06-16-07, 02:57 PM   #1
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someone locked their bike to mine to a pole

its been two days. I u locked my bike to a pole. they u locked their bike to the pole and to my head tube. I've called philly's department of streets but i doubt they will do anything.

maybe they will never come back? I'm freaking out, and everyday is costing me money since I now have to take public trans everywhere I go. what can I do? what would you do?

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Old 06-16-07, 03:01 PM   #2
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its been two days. I u locked my bike to a pole. they u locked their bike to the pole and to my head tube. I've called philly's department of streets but i doubt they will do anything.

maybe they will never come back? I'm freaking out, and everyday is costing me money since I know what to take public trans everywhere I go. what can I do? what would you do?
I would get some proof together that the bike is yours and call the cops.
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Old 06-16-07, 03:02 PM   #3
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cut the lock. a portable angle grinder with a steel cutoff wheel would probably do the trick.
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Old 06-16-07, 03:03 PM   #4
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i'd clip/force/saw their lock off, take your bike and theirs inside, and leave a sturdy note letting them know that their bike is safe.
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Old 06-16-07, 03:07 PM   #5
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i'd clip/force/saw their lock off, take your bike and theirs inside, and leave a sturdy note letting them know that their bike is safe.
+1 - this sounds like a winner. They might try to get a new u-lock out of you though.
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Old 06-16-07, 03:07 PM   #6
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If nothing else, that's outstandingly rude of them. A few years ago theives used this in my neck of the woods, they would lock a beater/semi-beater onto a good bike and onto something, so as to come to fetch the bike they had spotted when it was conveniant for them. So if he's a real person, cutting off his lock will teach him manners real fast. But I think we're dealing with a theif, so I'd get it off ASAP.
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Old 06-16-07, 03:25 PM   #7
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Old 06-16-07, 03:29 PM   #8
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Take a picture of their lock attached to yours. Cut it off. Buy a $5 cable from Target to lock their bike back up. Put a good note on it that you had to cut off their lock to get yours to call your cell phone. Not your house phone because they can do an address lookup. Meet them outside to unlock and give their bike back. Give them the $5 cable for a clear conscience. That last step is completely optional. But then again, what will you do with a cheapo $5 cable?
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Old 06-16-07, 03:31 PM   #9
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That video is incredible. Also, i'd clip that lock and run. Someone had intentions when they locked your bike up; that just doesn't seem like a mistake to me.
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Old 06-16-07, 03:33 PM   #10
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But then again, what will you do with a cheapo $5 cable?
Apparently you didn't watch the video...
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Old 06-16-07, 05:17 PM   #11
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i say cut the lock and explain your situation if anyone comes and gives you trouble, but yeah leave a note too, thats just messed up.
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Old 06-16-07, 05:28 PM   #12
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i would cut the lock, then i would kick the **** out of the other bikes wheels and then break anything else i could..
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Am I paranoid? I think this was done on purpose. Alert the police, tell them you might have a potential bike-theft coming up, and set up a trap. Of some kind.

Is that other bike any good?

Can we see pics?
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Old 06-16-07, 06:02 PM   #14
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Cut the lock, put on a crappy lock, let them deal with it.
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Old 06-16-07, 06:11 PM   #15
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Am I paranoid? I think this was done on purpose. Alert the police, tell them you might have a potential bike-theft coming up, and set up a trap. Of some kind.
It sound like it was on purpose, how can you do that accidentally?

I like this option... undercover time.... get night vision goggles, lawn chair, and coffee...oh, and a club.

and wait.... of course it might take forever.

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As far as I'm concerned someone else putting a lock on your bike is tantamount to bike theft. they are taking possession of it by preventing you from getting it.

Call the police, have them cut the lock, and let the police deal with the other bike. It's not your responsibility to look out for the idiot, *******, or whatever it was that locked their bike to yours.
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Old 06-16-07, 06:34 PM   #17
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Old 06-16-07, 06:38 PM   #18
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2 days? cut and run. take both bikes, leave a note.
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Old 06-16-07, 06:40 PM   #19
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Cut the lock, take the bike and drop it off @ your local PD, leave a note telling them it's there. I bet they don't come back for it anyway.
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As far as I'm concerned someone else putting a lock on your bike is tantamount to bike theft. they are taking possession of it by preventing you from getting it.
Call the police, have them cut the lock, and let the police deal with the other bike. It's not your responsibility to look out for the idiot, *******, or whatever it was that locked their bike to yours.

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Cut the lock, take the bike and drop it off @ your local PD, leave a note telling them it's there. I bet they don't come back for it anyway.

I like these two solutions the most. They're the cleanest and most elegant. Perhaps the first one is the best, because the police is going to recup their cost of going out and cutting the lock, from the owner of the second bike.

The worst decision you can make, in any case, is to do nothing. That's already costing you your bike. I sure as hello wouldn't wait two days to get my bike. If I couldn't cut the lock, I'd cut the bike, but I would liberate my bike one way or the other. And after reading this thread, I'd probably opt for Mattface's idea.
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Old 06-16-07, 07:03 PM   #21
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Buy 15 of those 99cent locks, cut their lock, lock their bike with all of them, take the keys, throw em in a river/dam/lake/whatever the hell you have near you.
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Congratulations! You just won a free bike! Unlock your bike, toss the two of of them into a truck of car or the back of a truck, and enjoy! eBay is your friend. Dumbass gets what he deserves, which is an empty space where his bike used to be.

Screw the cops. It's locked to your bike, so it's yours. Law of salvage!
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Congratulations! You just won a free bike! Unlock your bike, toss the two of of them into a truck of car or the back of a truck, and enjoy! eBay is your friend. Dumbass gets what he deserves, which is an empty space where his bike used to be.

Screw the cops. It's locked to your bike, so it's yours. Law of salvage!
READ the op. His is still locked, around the headtube, to a pole and to the other bike.
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Cut that **** off, drop it off at the police station.

What kind of bike anyways? LBS? Walmart? Salvation Army? Dumpster?
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cut their lock, and put another one on there...... and slash their tires and grips, pop the chain and steal the pedals.
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