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Bike lock exchanges amongst strangers

By johnboy - 26 May 2009 42

On Friday night I was riding with Rat Patrol and we’d come to rest outside The Front in Lyneham. (Some beers may have been drunk, and possibly some tequila, but I’m sure no-one was over the limit because that would be bad.)

There was a rocking crowd enjoying the bands into which the freak bikes and their riders slipped in and an astonishing tangle of twisted, cut, and welded metal (our bikes) was piled up against the tree.

At some point I noticed a cute young lady checking out the bikes so I went over and asked if I could help.

As it happened I could. She worked at The Front and needed to borrow a bike lock for the night (presumably for the locking up of a bike). In a generous mood I handed over my lock and its key and arranged to collect them from her the next day when she was also working.

For some mysterious reason the day after the ride I was weirdly sensitive to bright light and loud noise, not to mention nauseous. In fact it was heading into the evening when I even remembered I’d lent my lock to a complete stranger the night before.

A message to The Front’s Paul Jamieson confirmed that, in fact, there was a lock awaiting collection behind the bar and I picked it up last night, somewhat surprised by the attached note.

(Sadly despite being written on a pink heart the note contains no email or phone number).

Now at around $30 the lock isn’t the kind of money you can do something serious with (like buy a book), but I just wanted to note how much I like living in a community where you can lend something to help out a complete stranger and get it back. Doubly so with pink heart shaped notes attached, even if it turns out that was just what was handy.

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Bike lock exchanges amongst strangers
jessieduck 11:58 am 26 May 09

The Brad said :

On the topic of heart warming stories, on the other side of the world someone saved a duck…..
http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/amazingduck.asp

Downtown Spokane is where it’s AT!

joannac 11:53 am 26 May 09

Lady_from_Holt said :

What does the note say – I cant read it (she says with her nose pressed against the screen creating unwholesome smudges and squinting eyes)

For JOHN from crazy bike club. thank you muchly, Felicity (? this last word is a guess)

The Brad 11:53 am 26 May 09

On the topic of heart warming stories, on the other side of the world someone saved a duck…..
http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/amazingduck.asp

jessieduck 11:52 am 26 May 09

Lady_from_Holt said :

What does the note say – I cant read it (she says with her nose pressed against the screen creating unwholesome smudges and squinting eyes)

For John from the crazy bike club. Thank you muchly. (can’t read the cute young lady’s name either)

deezagood 11:47 am 26 May 09

jessieduck said :

Bless the Inner North and it’s little cotton socks- if this had happened in Tuggers the person loaning the lock would have hit you over the head with it and ridden off on your bike with your wallet in his back pocket.

Tuggers would indeed be a much happier place if only more people used heart-shaped post it notes to express themselves (instead of guns,knives and fists).

Spam Box 11:44 am 26 May 09

Jim Jones said :

I can’t wait for the post about the restraining order.

lmao

jessieduck 11:40 am 26 May 09

Bless the Inner North and it’s little cotton socks- if this had happened in Tuggers the person loaning the lock would have hit you over the head with it and ridden off on your bike with your wallet in his back pocket.

deezagood 11:39 am 26 May 09

Jim Jones said :

I can’t wait for the post about the restraining order.

Ha!

Jim Jones 11:39 am 26 May 09

I can’t wait for the post about the restraining order.

deezagood 11:36 am 26 May 09

This is lovely JB, but newsworthy? Oh well, since we’re sharing nice stories – an actual lycra-wearing cyclist voluntarily said ‘thanks-a-lot’ to me this morning when the dogs and I moved out of his way on the bikepath. That almost never happens… made me feel all warm inside.

G-Fresh 11:32 am 26 May 09

Danman said :

Reading into them more than what they mean is a common male trait that even I still display.

Even you Danman? Egads we’re all doomed!!!

rosebud 11:29 am 26 May 09

RSVP = Riotact’s Sentimental oVerlord’s Personals

Danman 11:27 am 26 May 09

If that was the case, should have just rocked back up to the front to get said girls details.

Girls do things like this because they are cutesey, its what they do. Reading into them more than what they mean is a common male trait that even I still display.

Lady_from_Holt 11:25 am 26 May 09

What does the note say – I cant read it (she says with her nose pressed against the screen creating unwholesome smudges and squinting eyes)

Ko. 11:22 am 26 May 09

Is this a thinly guised attempt to retrieve said cute girls email or phone number so when it is retrieved you can get a tv spot on Sunrise with Kochy and Mel about how two strangers fell in love via weird and wacky circumstances?

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