What to do if you lose your bike key

What to do if you lose your bike key

Written by sonicsuns

Topics: Everything, Tips

In Japan, your bike is very important. So don’t lose your bike key, ok?
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couple of bike keys


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/First off, you should have a spare key someplace. They usually give you two or three keys when you buy the bike. I had two keys. But then I lost one, and then I lost the other. Which was pretty dumb of me.
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and then AFTER I got the lock replaced, I found the key again


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/It would be convenient if you could lose your key when the bike was unlocked, because then you could keep on using the bike. But that will never happen, because the lock is built so you can’t take the key out unless the bike is locked already. (Or at least, that’s how it works with the locks that I’ve seen). So if you’ve lost your key, your bike is already locked.
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/This leaves you with a bike where only the front wheel can still spin. If at all possible, don’t tilt the bike onto its front wheel and move it around like a giant unicycle. You’ll look like a bike thief. (Unfortunately, it may be necessary to do this anyway, depending on circumstances)
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/In my case, the bike was locked up at bike parking lot, which was manned (as opposed to a robo-parking lot). So I talked to the people working there,
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/and they brought out some bolt cutters to cut the lock. I had to fill out a form with my name and phone number and stuff, but for some reason they didn’t ask for ID, and they didn’t check the official bike records kept by the police (far as I saw, anyway). So apparently it’s really easy to steal a bike around here.
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/Anyways, that left me with a rideable-but-eminently-stealable bike. So I took it to the first random bike shop I could find. For about$20, the guy unscrewed the old lock from the frame, added a new one, and gave me three keys for it. The whole thing took about 5 minutes. (Once again, no ID required).
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/So in the end it wasn’t that hard.

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