You want another piece of me?
Have a go. Go on. See if you’re hard enough. I’ve seen your type before.
Sure. Take my wheel; that was easy. Any lowlife could do that.
The seatpost? Pfffff. Piece of p*ss. Open up the QR and out it pops. You’re a regular freakin’ engineer, hot shot.
But the rest of me. Go on. Give it a go.
This bike has been picked off like carrion; set upon by vultures and abandoned to its fate (most probably a very unhappy owner and a painful walk home). There are a few things that you can do to reduce the risk of this happening to your bike. Firstly, park it somewhere busy, well lit and under the gaze of CCTV cameras. This particular bike was parked in a darkened corner of the Royal Welsh college of Music and Drama; visible from the Bute park access ramp and just about visible from the main street. Secondly, Don’t use a quick release camp (QR) for your seat post and go for an allen key fitting instead. Finally, use two locks and secure wheels and frame (to reduce the risk of theft even further, use two different types of lock such as a cheap cable lock and a decent ‘D’ lock).
If you come back to your bike to find it decimated by detritivores, please think about passing any unwanted bits to local social enterprises such as The Cardiff Cycle workshop, The Bristol Bike Project or ReCycling (London). This is part of an ongoing series to highlight abandoned and vandalised bikes.