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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 11:41 pm 
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I often want to ride my good bike around but don't carry a lock, so I don't feel funny about taking care it. For some reason, I thought about the time I brought it into a subway.

I was going out for a short ride but ended up doing a nine-hour ride that took me far from home. I only took $5 with me and ended up using up my money to buy food. I was about 25 miles from home and getting tired from lack of food and the only place around was a subway. I stop in and say, "Look I'm doing this really long ride and I only have 50 cents left. Can I just buy a bun?" The young girl said, "I don't know how to ring it up." "Just a bun, nothing more." "It's not on the register." I reply, "Ok, how about one of those buns that you dropped on the floor, can I buy one of those for fifty cents?"

At that point, two groups of people saw the absurdity of the situation and both offered to buy me a complete meal. After talking to them for a few minutes, one couple gave me their address and said if I was ever in San Jose, CA, to give them a call. It was a good ride that day.

Ok, now that this thread has been totally hijacked...

Pinguwin

P.S. One thing I learned that day, carry a $20 rather than a $5, it doesn't take up any more space.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:56 am 
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I recently took a newly re sprayed frame into my local bike shop (Blazing Saddles, Rustington) to have a bottom bracket put in, and when I put it on the counter I was asked to remove it as it may scratch the new counter, the shop was being refitted and the floor had builders rubble covering it, after a argument with the lad the manager came over and promptly told the lad off for being so stupid, but by that time it was to late and I took my trade to Southdowns cycles in Angmering who’s service has been fantastic, despite a few problems along the way, all handled very well.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:23 am 
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My bike gets locked up in the street. There's not enough room for people in most shops let alone trying to navigate to the sweet counter with a bike in tow! :roll:

I do take it into bike shops though and will usually ask "Where can I put this?"

Mostly I get "there's just fine mate" but just occasionally I get;
"Cool!...an orange Orange!" :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 10:55 am 
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Most of the time I take the bike into a bike-shop, and never hears complaints. A townbike is something else, that is normal to place outside. Well here in Holland where you have 20 millinon bikes parked in the country. The rest in parked at home :)
I only had to remove the bike when we went into a supermarked with 3 people and 3 bikes, and very dirty. :)


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 10:56 am 
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i've ridden a bike round a supermarket. it's cool, you can pull massive lairy slides


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:42 pm 
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cce wrote:
i've ridden a bike round a supermarket. it's cool, you can pull massive lairy slides


Helmet cam next time please 8) :lol: :lol:


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it was years ago, when i was working there as a student. if i ever fall on hard times and am forced back into retail, i'd do it again though


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 4:42 pm 
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LTS Biker wrote:
Well here in Holland where you have 20 millinon bikes parked in the country.


And 24.5 million of those bikes are stolen as I know many bikes have been stolen more than once :D

Pinguwin

P.S. LTS, I have to say Holland warmed my heart when coming on the Koln->Amsterdam train. I looked out the window and saw so many people riding bikes and thought, 'Cool." Then I got to Amsterdam Centraal and saw bikes by the 1000's, hectares of them parked all over and said, "COOL.". Last time I went to Amsterdam, I got off the train and saw that big-ass parking ramp for bikes (like a car ramp, quite large and multi-stories) they now have and said, "COOL!"

I have to say I'm impressed at how many bikes there are everywhere, even in moderate sized towns, there can be a thousand bikes parked out outside the train station. Can't wait to go back.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:42 pm 
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In my town there are so many bikes, that once in a time the take all bikes parked for longer than a week or two, and bring them to the schredder. We have too much :)


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