Ghostly wheels, sad sight
I hate (HATE) hearing about stolen bikes and the stories are all too familiar. My prized first bike – A Raleigh Budgie – was stolen when I was about 6 years old and I had an Orange Sub-5 mountain bike stolen about 7 years ago. I spotted this poor thing on the way home from work yesterday. It’s currently chained rather forlornly to the railings on the Taff trail near Blackweir ambulance depot. There almost appears to be the ghostly presence of the missing wheels, giving the bike the appearance of hovering above the floor (caused by the pedal resting against the wall). It’s a further lesson that if you plan to lock your bike up, please do so somewhere visible, use a good lock and try to secure at least one of your wheels. Aside from preventing their potential removal, using a ‘D’ lock between your wheels and your frame makes it harder to prize open.
DO be careful though. Even a lot of thought and a good locking strategy is no protection against a determined thief, as Mikael Anders’ experience testifies.