Over at the Brooklyn section of Reddit today, a good discussion is underway seeking the answer to a very practical question: At what point is it cool to “reclaim” parts of a bike that have been clearly abandoned? The author of the question says they’ve found a bike that is missing wheels, seat and a chain, but the frame is still usable. Keep in mind that since we recently learned most abandoned bikes will not be removed by the city, that basically means there’s a lot of free bike parts out there.
The answers vary from: don’t do it, because you can get busted for theft if the original owner has registered the serial number; to the advice to just do it “”very late at night.” What do you think?
This reporter’s opinion is that it depends on how familiar you are with the bike wreckage. If it’s something you’ve been passing every day for two weeks without any signs of movement, then by all means take the damn thing so you can free up some bike parking for the rest of us. Conversely, if you have had a bike part stolen or stripped, please move the wreckage of your wheels (either by donating them or trashing them) so that we don’t have this kind of confusion.
But give us your thoughts in the comments and we’ll fight over it with swords fashioned out of bike locks.