Tuesday, 13 January 2009

A Dilemma

Right, this has to be quick 'cos I' snowed under, but I have a dilemma.

The background is two-fold:

1. My bike lives in my shed; my shed is padlocked. The padlock on the shed has broken, and won't open (i.e. you turn the key and nothing happens - fecking cheap padlocks). So I can't get the bike out.

2. I am a volunteer ranger for Sustrans, which means I help to maintain cycle paths in Belfast. This Friday, I have to meet a couple of other rangers, which means I need the bike.

I have procrastinated about this for a long time now, but the time has come when something needs to Be Done.

As far as I can tell, the options are:

1. Borrow a bike for Friday. If you can help and have a bike in East Belfast, please let me know!

2. Get cutters and cut the lock off. But I don't know where I could get cutters. Are they standard equipment for DIY types? Cos I could ask around a few people, but I don't know how likely they are to have them.

3. Keep fiddling with the lock and hope it opens. But I've been doing this for a few weeks and it hasn't worked yet.

If anyone has any other ideas, including instructions on how to pick a lock, please let me know!!

Thanks!

4 comments:

Virtual Methodist said...

Hacksaw lock off... Or you can borrow my wife's bike... What height are you?

whynotsmile said...

See, the hacksaw, along with all other useful tools, is in the shed...

I am about normal height, 5ft 6/7 or so, I think. I'll get back to you on the bike - I have had a cunning suggestion for getting the lock off, which I will try first...

qmonkey said...

ask those kindly young gents who were accusing you of slagin their ma, to help you out... i bet they could break in in a jiffy

whynotsmile said...

QM, do you know, I had actually thought of that!! They'd probably have no trouble - but then they'd likely have no trouble helping themselves to the stuff inside... although I guess a couple of sun loungers and some almost-empty paint tins is a small price to pay...