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Easy-X
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PostPosted: 16:16 - 28 Aug 2020    Post subject: Free bike Reply with quote

https://i.imgur.com/js2Gcud.jpg?1

Okay, so the front wheel was wonky, the brakes and gears didn't work and the rear bearing's collapsed but 15mins of wrenching sorted all but that last one. Threw on a mudguard that was kicking about, perfectly usable bike.

Which begs the question: why do people steal bikes? Kleptomania?!
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PostPosted: 20:28 - 28 Aug 2020    Post subject: Re: Free bike Reply with quote

Easy-X wrote:
https://i.imgur.com/js2Gcud.jpg?1

Okay, so the front wheel was wonky, the brakes and gears didn't work and the rear bearing's collapsed but 15mins of wrenching sorted all but that last one. Threw on a mudguard that was kicking about, perfectly usable bike.

Which begs the question: why do people steal bikes? Kleptomania?!


Looks very much like 'depression', the spare bike used if any visitors want to cycle to the pub....
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PostPosted: 20:53 - 28 Aug 2020    Post subject: Re: Free bike Reply with quote

Easy-X wrote:
why do people steal bikes? Kleptomania?!

I assume because they can sell them on or use the machines themselves, profiting somehow, with minimum disguise.

People throw away all sorts of stuff. I reckon if I worked at the council tip, I could double my money just by sidelining antiques.
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PostPosted: 21:03 - 28 Aug 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

A free bike is a great concept.
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PostPosted: 21:42 - 28 Aug 2020    Post subject: Re: Free bike Reply with quote

Easy-X wrote:

Which begs the question: why do people steal bikes? Kleptomania?!


Ride home. When I was a squaddie we had a few garages on camp stuffed with abandoned bikes. We'd get pissed up in Andover, spend our taxi fare so go hunting for bikes to pedal the 12 miles to Tidworth. Dump them on camp and forget about them.
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PostPosted: 23:37 - 28 Aug 2020    Post subject: Re: Free bike Reply with quote

Easy-X wrote:


Which begs the question: why do people steal bikes? Kleptomania?!


Because their front wheel was wonky, the brakes and gears didn't work and the rear wheel bearing was collapsed.

At that point, it's cheaper and easier to just dump it in the canal, take someone elses bike and ride round on that 'till it's fucked. Rinse and repeat.
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PostPosted: 02:37 - 29 Aug 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, bit of a rant. Had an acquaintance with a proper rat-bike, locked up at the station while he went up town on the train and came back to (obviously) find it stolen. Stealing a bike to sell on is one thing but taking the time to cut a lock off a bike of zero value seems like mental illness Sad
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PostPosted: 09:38 - 29 Aug 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Easy-X wrote:
Yeah, bit of a rant. Had an acquaintance with a proper rat-bike, locked up at the station while he went up town on the train and came back to (obviously) find it stolen. Stealing a bike to sell on is one thing but taking the time to cut a lock off a bike of zero value seems like mental illness Sad


Agreed.. I've had a few real scrap commuters pinched form outside my house - generally after forgetting to lock them though.

Free bike - easy -no twat knows how to fix these days and even if they do parts are expensive (to them) compared to buying a new Chinesium machine. I mean you can pick up a new bike from Halfords for about 150 quid which is approx the same price as 30 years ago.. but how long will it go for? The component quality can be shocking I used to buy plastic pedals on my commuter but after a couple of months they're fucked. I now buy old decent secondhand parts..
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PostPosted: 10:17 - 04 Sep 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

A100man wrote:
I mean you can pick up a new bike from Halfords for about 150 quid which is approx the same price as 30 years ago.. but how long will it go for? The component quality can be shocking I used to buy plastic pedals on my commuter but after a couple of months they're fucked.


Agreed. My missus had an Apollo which had been left in a slightly damp garage for a couple of months, and the BB, freewheel and pedal bearings are all unsaveably screwed. I replaced the pedals and oiled the freewheel till it started behaving (I don't have the tools to take it apart), and then the BB jammed solid (presumably with a lump of rust in it somewhere). After seeing the state of the pedal bearings I'd believe anything.

Also, my brother just bought a Hoy bike for his son, and while setting it up, the freewheel bearings are terrible. I had to put slack in the chain for it to move freely. Really not impressed on a brand new bike. Thumbs Down
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PostPosted: 10:46 - 04 Sep 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zen Dog wrote:
oiled the freewheel till it started behaving (I don't have the tools to take it apart),


If it's a spin-on freewheel, I wouldn't even try unless it's a really high end one with cartridge bearings (like white industries). I did one once just to see if I could and I wouldn't care to repeat the experience. Bust them off, sweep up the eleventy twelve ball bearings then fit a new one. Many can't even be removed without destroying them.
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PostPosted: 11:46 - 04 Sep 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

stinkwheel wrote:
If it's a spin-on freewheel, I wouldn't even try unless it's a really high end one with cartridge bearings (like white industries). I did one once just to see if I could and I wouldn't care to repeat the experience.


Yeah, I've looked at doing it before and decided the proverbial game of darts was the better option. I only tried to save that Apollo at all because I like working on bicycles, the swanky pedals I put on it out of my spares box were worth more than the bike...
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PostPosted: 14:21 - 04 Sep 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this dovetails into my "do people not do stuff any more" rant. As in generations of kids who haven't got grubby helping dad out on the car/motorbike/bicycle/etc. 'cos things have been bought instead of repaired.

Back in my day we were so poor... etc. but seriously if I'd ridden my old chopper into a wall as a kid dad would have straightened out the wheel and I'd be handing him the spanners. Mend and make do.

Today the kid would just get a whole new bike Sad And when the kid grows up they still feel entitled to a new bike - whether paying or stealing is a secondary aspect.

And just to cross-contaminate threads even more I'd have more respect for the Extinction Rebellion wankers if they banged the drum for compulsory evening classes in household repairs and light engineering than... whatever it is they think the world needs.

Oh dear, maybe I need a lie down or a nice cup of tea.
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