Cycling in Melbourne Australia
@ John E
Unfortunately, I think that taking parts of it would still be stealing. Also if it was my bike I would assume that anyone caught taking any parts off it was the original thief... Not a great look.
Incidentally - there was some sort of black hybrid bike locked up to the railing under the freeway on the MYT - just opposite the high school walkway - it has been there for over two weeks and was a bit of a hazard until someone shoved it over the other side of the railing. It now hangs over the creek bed.
Although I agree it is not anyones to steal, what sort of delinquent would leave a bike parked on a narrow bike trail like that? I can only imagine how much fun it would be to hit coming through there late at night. I ascribe to the bike/gf theory: treat your bike like you treat your girl - noone but you rides your girl and you shouldn't lock your girl up unattended to the railing of a bike trail for two weeks.
I am not interested but going by what it being said on here, if anyone wants a bike - report that bike to the Police and wait to collect your reward... First in, first served John E?
I have had two bikes stolen when I lived in Sydney. The bastards are everywhere.
It is small concilation and a hard lesson but everyone needs to use two locks for their bikes - a u-lock for the rear and frame, and a cablelock for the front.I prefer mixing the locks for weight and for the idea that a tool for breaking one of the locks may not work on the other lock... Wishful thinking maybe.
Then you should remove the quick release lever on the seat post - or just take the seat with you (I still have a spare seat because of the previous losses).
Sadly I think,if you don't lock your bike properly you have to take a chance on either a wheel or the whole bike being taken.
I'm reminded of Sheldon Brown's 50 pound bicycle rule.
A bicycle always weighs 50lb, because no matter what the bike weighs, the U-lock will make up the difference. A cheap nasty 40lb bicycle only needs a 10lb lock because nobody wants to steal it. A 20lb bicycle is a beautiful ride and everybody wants one, so the lock has to be 30lb.
It should have been reported to the statio staff (if anyone was at the station)