Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
A long time ago, Kryptonite sold disk locks all by themselves. They hadn't invented the stretchy cable that reminds you when a disk lock is attached. I used a disk lock for years without making a mistake, but eventually the inevitable happened. One afternoon I forgot to remove the lock, and tried to ride off with it still attached to a front rotor. The bike fell over, but nothing was damaged and I wasn't hurt.
It happened in a parking lot in the sight of two women, who jumped to the conclusion that I was intoxicated, even though I had had nothing to drink. I was completely and totally sober. These two self-righteous women came over to lecture me on the evils of riding drunk. I got busy righting the bike and preparing to ride off, and didn't pay them much attention. Seeing this, they started yelling loudly about how I was a besotted, uncaring, irresponsible fiend who was planning to run over little children, and then get myself killed and go directly to h#!!, leaving a wake of carnage and heartbroken parents who could never have the satisfaction of sueing me.... (or something like that). It was a nightmare. They were loud and obnoxious, and the harangue went on and on.
I tried to explain what had happened, but they were way past hearing anything I had to say, and they clearly didn't believe me when I told them that I hadn't been drinking. Curious onlookers started coming over to watch and listen.
By that time, I was hot and flushed in my leather jacket and helmet after lifting the heavy bike, I felt stupid and humliated for forgetting to remove the disk lock, I was embarrassed by the attention of the onlookers, and I was ready to commit serious violence on those women. In other words, I wasn't fit to ride any more. I left the bike on its kickstand and went back inside the building. I walked over to the water cooler, filled a large cup, and spent the next half-hour cooling off.
Fortunately for them, the women were nowhere to be seen when I calmly walked out, started my bike, and rode off.