24 September 2008

Forlorn

abandoned bike
A sure sign of cooler weather: the cute bike which was beloved in the summer is about to be impounded by the police as abandoned property. Too sad.

UPDATE: Sent in by an alert reader, the DPW has confirmed that impounded bikes are not wasted in Boston:
Bikes that are held for 30 days or more are then picked up by a bike company called Bikes not Bombs, and bikes that are found to be in very poor condition go to the metal dump yard.

11 comments:

reverend dick said...

Time for some basket, fender, and chainguard salvage action! I'm sure you have a little black number you could pair with a balaclava and some wrenches...

Scott Loveless said...

Get some bolt cutters and start the adoption process. Love it as if it's your own. :)

Mark said...

That's a nice looking bike! How can one go about adopting this stray?

Thom said...

Seriously, spay and neuter your bicycles so this doesn't keep occurring. Folks, they might be cute when they're small, but they grow up!

Anonymous said...

We teach our bikes to exercise self-control by abstinence.
alf

Ridonkulus said...

that is the cutest abandoned bike i've ever seen!

Anonymous said...

Hey Reverend, which commandment is "Thou shalt not steal." ? :o)

If it does get impounded, surely the owner can still claim it at the cop shop? (So perhaps not to take it home or remove various parts...)

Martin, Melbourne Oz

Anonymous said...

Looks like a job for the B.L.O. (Bicycle Liberation Organization)

Anonymous said...

it's so cute I hope the owner claims it from the bike pound. But if it goes to Bikes Not Bombs, you may be able to nab it for yourself, dear readers. We recondition many of the bikes we receive and sell them through our vocational ed bike shop to support our after-school youth programs and grassroots international development work.

Esther Cervantes
Bikes Not Bombs
Board Chair

lagatta à montréal said...

That little bicycle is adorable! How could anyone abandon her?*

* she is a girl bicycle

On an entirely diferent, but autumnal topic, where can one buy those fluo shoulder strap gizmos in different colours (something other than yellow, please!) to be visible in the evenings that come so early now? Yes, of course I have lights, but would like a bit more visibility - without looking "quétaine" (that is Québec slang for kitschy, tacky, corny).

Charlotte said...

Lagatta,
Those Sam Browne belts are the best, aren't they? Particularly when the temperatures are unstable, because it's so easy to add and remove layers with them. I got mine from RUSA, but it's yellow.

Here are some reflective belts I'd found previously. The company mentioned also offers what they call a harness belt. I have not yet ordered from them so I can't comment on quality. Anyone have suggestions???