Bikes get stolen in Edinburgh. It’s a big city. It happens.
There is now a Flickr group where you can post a photo and info before it gets stolen and another IF it goes missing – details.
What to do if it happens to you -
1) Cry. Why not? A bike is part of your life – part of you even. (Remember Flann O Brien; “you would be surprised at the number of people in these parts who nearly are half people and half bicycles.”)
2) Report it to the police. Bikes DO get recovered, and a significant number are never re-united with their owners. Perhaps because Lost Property at Fettes (0131 311 3141) is only open office hours or perhaps the (ex) owner didn’t know their bike well enough to describe it properly! Also it’s possible the bike was taken officially – especially if the Queen is coming to town.
Unclaimed bikes are sold at auction 75 miles away!
HOW TO CORRECTLY LOCK YOUR BIKE by American bike guru Sheldon Brown
Bike Register the on-line registration initiative aiming to reduce bike theft and assist in bike recovery.