Thursday, 8 September 2011

The strange case of the disintegrating bike rack

I always thought bike racks were pretty tough. I give them some pretty heavy punishment, with some hefty paniers and a rough ride sometimes along my commute. But I wasn't expecting this:
Yup, first one side cracked away, and then after about another two weeks, while going over a pretty big bump on the Regent's Canal, the other side went. I had to carry my panier in a most awkward fashion half on my shoulder, half around my neck.

I think what really did it for them was my trip along the Thames Path (Windsor to Shoreditch) with my paniers loaded to the max with tent and everything. It laid down the seeds of the rack's destruction.

Anyway - definite proof that bike racks are mortal. If you ever wondered. KC

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Reebok white kids bike stolen today

My daughter's nearly new bike got stolen today - from Broadway Market in London. Here's what the bike looks like:

I've put my post code in several places on the bike. Most likely it will turn up on EBay or Gumtree, and I'll have a look around the local markets. It's registered with the police, and reported as stolen.

I'd be very grateful though if people could look out for it on the web.

A little tip if anyone's parking their bike near Broadway Market. Don't go too far down the canal (West) down Regent's Row. There are less people there, making it easier for the bastard thieves to take bikes quickly without being seen.

Oh - and remember that kids bikes are worth money too - I was stupid to have gotten a bit blase about the fact that it was a child's bike and so didn't need so much security.

Thanks so much if you can help. KC