Aborted bike theft or malicious prank?
October 7, 2013 4:59 PM Subscribe
Someone messed with my parked bike today, and I'm not sure if they were just extremely incompetent thieves or if they were some jerk trying to make my bike surreptitiously unsafe.
posted by caaaaaam to sports, hobbies, & recreation (10 answers total)
The first thing I noticed, of course, is that the wheel was disconnected. Someone had taken out the quick-release skewer entirely and dumped it on the ground but left the wheel in place. Based on this, I presume that this was some sort of stupid prank, because— unless I am missing something— why would a thief bother taking the skewer all the way out?
On the other hand, I noticed that the front brake pads are super bent, too (see a picture here
and a close-up here
; and yeah, I know my bike is a mess already.) I was just curious if anyone had any ideas about how the brakes might have ended up like this: someone not understanding how a bike is properly disassembled trying to wrench out the wheel? Or someone just trying to maximize the likelihood of me injuring myself? (I should mention that they did properly disengage the quick-release brakes, which further confuses things for me.)
Also, on a more practical note: do you think I could just bend the pads back into a straight line, or is it best that I just replace them?