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Abandoned bike etiquette.

Old 08-08-06, 04:59 PM
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Abandoned bike etiquette.

What is the etiquette with abandoned bikes?
There's one near me that is missing both wheels and it's cables are broken and frayed.
It's on the side of a restaurant taking up the whole bike rack any I'm sure that they'd like to have it removed.
If I think I might be able to profit from it I'd ask them if I can take it, but I think it's just a walmart bike.
So if a bike has been abandoned for a while, is it okay to remove it?
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Old 08-08-06, 05:14 PM
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30 days is the usual grace period for things abandoned. If it's been there longer than that, I would guess the restaurant has ownership.
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Old 08-08-06, 05:35 PM
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Ask the place if you can remove it so others can use the rack as it was meant to. Cut it off and take it to a recycler if you can't use any of it. Don't landfill it.
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Old 08-08-06, 05:56 PM
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Originally Posted by EricDJ
Ask the place if you can remove it so others can use the rack as it was meant to. Cut it off and take it to a recycler if you can't use any of it. Don't landfill it.
Okay, I'll look into the local recyclers.
And I'm sure that the bike has been there for more than 30 days.
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Old 08-08-06, 11:25 PM
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on campus there are lots of old road/racing bikes that are abandoned. They mostly are just sitting there in front of buildings (esp Engineering area of campus) and sitting on bike racks. i am thinking of taking one, or a few, and converting them to single speed but they are pretty rusted.

its ok to take an unlocked, both tires flat, no chain bike right?
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Old 08-09-06, 01:01 AM
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And it is....gone.
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Old 08-09-06, 07:24 AM
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I have read a forum a while ago about the issue, and the general consesus is yes. Unfortunately people shared their issues. One guy saw this bike lying on the street for like a month, then picked it up and fixed it up, the next month he was riding it and a lady comes running saying, "Thats my bike..." What a disaster.

I think he explained himself and it was cleared up. Some good use can be made of old beaters. I found one in front of someones house (in a rubbish pile) and it had a really good 3speed internal hub which I put on my beater, and now I have a cool really quite derailleur free bike. Singlespeed or fixie converting using old bikes is also a good use of rusted up abandoned bikes.
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Paint is so the owner won't recognize it.
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I'll have to find another old abandoned bike now.
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Best commuter I ever had was one 'liberated' from "major household items" garbage day. A friend and I dragged the thing off in the late evening like a pair of raccoons swiping a picnic cooler.
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"I'm sure that they'd like to have it removed."

Ask them, you get an A+ if you can get them to pay you, perhaps in food. I'll remove that bike for 2 slices and a coke. The chain may have value.
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Originally Posted by geo8rge
"I'm sure that they'd like to have it removed."

Ask them, you get an A+ if you can get them to pay you, perhaps in food. I'll remove that bike for 2 slices and a coke. The chain may have value.
LOL that would be awesome.
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Found another one! this one looks better, dusty and with two flat tires.
But it's in a parking structure, inside the bike cage area.
If I call the place off they would likely take it off themselves and keep it, but it I take it then I might get in trouble.
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