Bronnyelsp (bronnyelsp) wrote in ukcycling,
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Unwillingly in the market

Came out this morning in my helmet with a pannier in each hand to find my bike gone.

I did the only thing I could, which was to go downstairs, change into my work clothes, and shift my lunch from my pannier to my shoulder bag.

Walking to the station, I realised what had happened. I left my bike unlocked last night.

Yesterday as I was cycling home I stopped at a local corner-store grocery. I locked my bike outside, bought my food, packed it in my pannier and locked my lock back onto the rack.

At home, I went to get my panniers off and discovered I'd accidentally locked one of them to the bike rack. I unlocked the lock, freed the pannier and -- I'm almost 100% certain now -- locked the lock back to the bike rack, instead of to the railings.

I'm kicking myself because I was just thinking last night about joining LCC and getting the damn thing insured.

It was an old beater that I bought second-hand in Cambridge a few years ago -- a Peugeot, hybrid, 5-speed, quite heavy, with battered rusty fenders and bike rack. I was perfectly content with it. Any suggestions for how to replace it on a very tight budget?
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a very tight buget can sometimes be stretched quite a long way by going to the local recycling centre with a few £ in your pocket and quietly bribing one of the attendant eastern european gentlemen to let you root through their inevitable pile of bikes.
however if it was a hybrid peugeot that was stolen late at night my bet is it was taken by a drunk on his way home - walk the streets you might find it against a fence somewhere...
a very tight buget can sometimes be stretched quite a long way by going to the local recycling centre with a few £ in your pocket and quietly bribing one of the attendant eastern european gentlemen to let you root through their inevitable pile of bikes.

Hm, I'm kind of hoping to do it legally... luckily I've found LCC's listing of second-hand bike shops, so I'm browsing those.

however if it was a hybrid peugeot that was stolen late at night my bet is it was taken by a drunk on his way home - walk the streets you might find it against a fence somewhere...

More than likely, but given I live in Hackney I doubt it will have survived the day wherever it ends up. I will have a little wander and see, and obvioulsy I'll be hitting Brick Lane at the weekend to see if it turns up there!
Check if your local council have a bike recycling scheme. I know Waltham Forest do.
Sadly, doesn't look like Hackney does. Thanks for the suggestion though!
Police auction of recovered unclaimed bikes? Not sure what that's like in London.
Hm, I have no idea how to go about checking for that. I suppose I should start with googling Hackney police!