Rear wheel blues

The rear wheel appears to morph into the pavement as an unwanted sight awaits the return of a cycle shopper.

A picture, as they say, is worth a thousand words. The bike above is locked to a Sheffield stand at Cabots Circus, a shopping mall that signals the start of Bristol city centre. The stands are well used and busy with regular visitors. Sadly, the human traffic didn’t prevent the theft of the wheel.

If you look carefully, you’ll see a long shackle ‘D’ lock embracing the unusual seat tube arrangement and the Sheffield stand. If the lock had been placed between the rear triangle and the spokes of the wheel, the theft would have been prevented. The chain rust is a strong indicator of how the owner responded.

Wherever possible, double up and use both a cheap(ish) cable lock and a good quality ‘D’ lock to secure wheels and frame.

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  1. What if the bike was left there for months, abandoned, rusted, and then somebody said to themselves, “screw it, if nobody is going to use that bike, at least I could use the rear wheel!” Lol I gotta say, there are a few abandonoed rides on our campus that I’ve been eyeballing for over a year. I don’t think I’ll ever bother, but it’s pretty clear that the owner ain’t coming back! At least it’s a rosier narrative for your picture haha

    • It IS a rosier narrative (waste not, want not 😊). Where I live – Cardiff, UK – abandoned bikes will be eventually removed and gifted to the Cardiff Cycle Workshop, a social project that trains people to fix bikes, then sells them to fund the project.

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