It takes a lot to stop me in my tracks, but this did it. BASTARDS. Evil bike thieves had tried to use the weight of the bike as leverage to bust the D lock. Props to K Mart for my $12.99 lock which didn’t snap. However, not only did they leave my bike hanging off a signpost, they jammed the lock, in addition to bending the wheel out of shape, and screwing up the gearing.
Fortunately John from Great Used Bikes was on his weekly mission into the city with a van full of bikes on Sunday, so stopped by St Mark’s and literally melted the lock off the signpost with a flame torch thing. Most impressive. Sadly my wheel is beyond repair, so he’s done a bodge job for me to ride around on this week, and is bringing me a new wheel next Sunday. Now that’s what I call good customer service. I am thrilled: not least because I don’t have to rely on the charlatans at the bike shop around the corner who charged me $5 to put air in my tyres last month.