3.10.2006

well, we're in texas


Quick note before I pass out. We have arrived in Texas... well, we actually arrived in Texas this morning, but Texas is an entire country unto itself, so we had to drive for another seven hours after we arrived in Texas. But now we're in Fredericksburg. And we have no bikes. Somehow the keys to the locks that are holding the bikes to the rack got lost. So the bikes are locked to the rack with a cable lock and two Kryptonite U-locks, and all 3 keys are on the same ring. Sascha and Scott went to Wal-Mart to buy bolt cutters. To be continued.....

10 Comments:

Anonymous Mom said...

I'm going to lay a bet that your brother responds to this one! ;-)

3/11/2006 7:04 PM  
Anonymous guess who! said...

Sure enough. On California road trip '04, I was working in the Mojave in early summer, and we lost the keys to the back of our cargo trailer. This trailer contained our sleeping bags. Our boss went to (where else) Wal-Mart for bolt cutters. Fancy that. Anyway, he got a set of 18-inchers that couldn't even fit around the shackles on our locks, which were obviously built with 18-inch bolt cutters in mind. We gave up, and some of us went back to the house in Barstow for the night, planning to stop by the field office to mooch a set of 36-inchers. With our colossal bolt cutters and 2 burly BLM employees in hand, we attacked the locks. With one burly full-timer on each handle and one other person in the middle, we managed to get enough force on the thing to cut through the well reinforced shackles. A few seconds after the second lock fell, we found the keys. In the glovebox.

Those locks were quite a bit less substantial than a Kryptonite. I don't figure you'll have any luck with anything short of 36-inchers, and if that doesn't work, you may just have to find friends with power tools and borrow an angle grinder. In any case, I wish you luck with that.

3/11/2006 9:30 PM  
Blogger annie said...

David, you make things way too complicated. It takes much less time to call a locksmith. But I will say this for the Kryptonite locks, the locksmith didn't even want to try. The locks are now in pieces on the floor. Sascha says she's going to make them into wall art.

3/11/2006 9:55 PM  
Blogger Tim Jackson- Masi Guy said...

I don't even know where to start, so I won't...


Have a blast in Tejas!

3/12/2006 9:19 AM  
Anonymous annie's brother said...

Too complicated? You don't even know from too complicated. Before we got the 36-inch cutters, I was looking around for sources of ferric oxide (our trailer frame), aluminum (our folding table), magnesium (my firestarting whatsit), and barium peroxide (damn). Our crew leader wasn't too keen on the idea, but the main obstacle (BaO2 notwithstanding) was keeping from vaporizing a hole in the trailer. What did you actually use on the locks?

3/12/2006 6:58 PM  
Anonymous Donna Tocci said...

Hi Annie:
I'm so sorry that your trip had such drama at the end of it. Bummer!
This won't help you now, obviously, but should you choose Kryptonite again, and purchase the locks at an IBD, please register your key numbers with us online (it's free!) so we have the number should you ever misplace your keys again. You can call us and get the first two replacement keys free of charge. If you need them fast, many times we can get them to you in 24-hours.
Safe riding.
Donna
Kryptonite

3/13/2006 10:50 AM  
Blogger Tim Jackson- Masi Guy said...

WOW! Donna rocks- sorry it wasn't in time for your Texas trip, but that is way cool.

Donna is the bomb!

3/13/2006 11:19 AM  
Anonymous Stan said...

For what it's worth, it's always good to know how to pick locks. I can't do a Kryptonite, but regular padlocks are pretty easy. It's the sort of skill that you won't use but once in a blue moon, but when it comes up, you'll look like a hero.

3/13/2006 12:08 PM  
Blogger annie said...

Thanks Donna! We did find that out, looking on the kryptonite website, but Sascha hadn't registered them. Now we know though!

David, I don't know what the locksmith used. I wasn't there. Apparently there were lots of sparks though...

3/13/2006 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Annie's brother said...

If there were sparks, it was probably an angle grinder. I told you so... Actually, thermite also throws off sparks, so maybe he used that, but if there aren't any holes in the van...

3/13/2006 4:53 PM  

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