Friday, August 17, 2007

As an added security, it’s also un-openable!

So last night I went out for dinner and drinks with a few of my homies and decided since we’d be kicking it here in the Venice hood, I’d take my bike. Dinner was delicious, the drinks were delightful, but my bike lock? Not so much.

Apparently a summer’s worth of riding around in my backpack to the beach and other sandy locales has filled the keyhole with a good deal of sand. Making the key damn near impossible to turn.

So, after a fun night of bar hopping along Abbot Kinney I go to unlock my ride that’s still locked somewhere outside The Brig. It’s late. Like 2:30 late. Only this time the key, while always a little sticky, frikkin’ wouldn’t turn. At all. Wouldn’t budge. And trying to turn it was tearing up my fingers. And it was taking a while.

So long I started to think to myself “it totally looks like I’m stealing it.” At this point a “dude” comes wandering over to help me out. I was a little freaked out that he might be like “dude, is that you’re bike or are you jackin’ it?” Fortunately, he didn’t.

God bless him for trying to help but when he decided to help by removing the key and trying it again he erased the almost half a turn I’d managed over the last like 10 minutes of cranking on it. Not his fault, of course, but a setback nonetheless.

He and I eventually worked out an approach that allowed him to hold the lock still and me to crank on it with both hands until we finally, eventually, mercifully popped her open.

And so I was able to begin the ride home. Thanks, stranger.

Oh yeah, and tomorrow I'm going lock shopping. Fo sho.


Blogger minus five said...


at least you got a good story out of it.

11:31 AM  
Blogger biggy said...

did you have a bic pen handy? Google kryptonite pen trick to see what I'm talking about.

8:45 PM  
Blogger Howard said...

Yeah, I heard about that bic pen trick years ago and have been rolin' the dice ever since. I bought a new cable one that's a a combination lock so no more sand and keys and heavy-ass lock.

The sad part was I thought about that the other night but figured the sand wasn't gonna let a bic pen do any spinning either.

2:10 PM  

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