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Buckingham palace this morning.

spursn17spursn17 Posts: 284
edited April 2013 in Commuting chat
Apparently my bike is now a WMD.

Cycling past the palace about half eleven this morning (middle lane, surrounded by coaches and taxi's) I got told to walk my bike across to Birdcage Walk as it could contain a bomb. I pointed out that every vehicle and tourist outside the palace could have a bomb on them.

Did this happen to anyone else?

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  • tgotbtgotb Posts: 4,714
    When did you last clean it?
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  • pangolinpangolin Posts: 3,116
    Anything going on there that made this a bit less random? 1000's of bikes go past Buckingham palace every day :?
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  • pangolin wrote:
    Anything going on there that made this a bit less random? 1000's of bikes go past Buckingham palace every day :?

    There's a state visit happening in Windsor tomorrow which is probably related to this
  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 18,925
    spursn17 wrote:
    Apparently my bike is now a WMD.

    Cycling past the palace about half eleven this morning (middle lane, surrounded by coaches and taxi's) I got told to walk my bike across to Birdcage Walk as it could contain a bomb. I pointed out that every vehicle and tourist outside the palace could have a bomb on them.

    Did this happen to anyone else?

    More disturbingly, what kind of mind thinks that walking a bike (with a suspected bomb) rather than riding it would reduce it's efficacy as an explosive device?
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  • tgotbtgotb Posts: 4,714
    rjsterry wrote:
    spursn17 wrote:
    Apparently my bike is now a WMD.

    Cycling past the palace about half eleven this morning (middle lane, surrounded by coaches and taxi's) I got told to walk my bike across to Birdcage Walk as it could contain a bomb. I pointed out that every vehicle and tourist outside the palace could have a bomb on them.

    Did this happen to anyone else?

    More disturbingly, what kind of mind thinks that walking a bike (with a suspected bomb) rather than riding it would reduce it's efficacy as an explosive device?
    Because you can walk it *across* the road, away from the palace. If you're riding, you're supposed to go *along* the road (unless you're on a scruffy fixie with 6" wide handlebars and a messenger bag).
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  • spursn17 wrote:
    Did this happen to anyone else?

    Not to me, but then I was riding the Thorn Sterling with Marathon XC tyres, and that is pretty bomb proof

    oh, yes and I'm over 200 miles away from the Palace :wink:
    Nobody told me we had a communication problem
  • davieseedaviesee Posts: 6,473
    spursn17 wrote:
    Did this happen to anyone else?
    Maybe him? :lol:

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  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
    daviesee wrote:
    spursn17 wrote:
    Did this happen to anyone else?
    Maybe him? :lol:

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    He should be stopped (shot?) just for his choice of kit...
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  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 18,925
    edited April 2013
    tgotb wrote:
    rjsterry wrote:
    spursn17 wrote:
    Apparently my bike is now a WMD.

    Cycling past the palace about half eleven this morning (middle lane, surrounded by coaches and taxi's) I got told to walk my bike across to Birdcage Walk as it could contain a bomb. I pointed out that every vehicle and tourist outside the palace could have a bomb on them.

    Did this happen to anyone else?

    More disturbingly, what kind of mind thinks that walking a bike (with a suspected bomb) rather than riding it would reduce it's efficacy as an explosive device?
    Because you can walk it *across* the road, away from the palace. If you're riding, you're supposed to go *along* the road (unless you're on a scruffy fixie with 6" wide handlebars and a messenger bag).
    Ah, didn't twig that bit, although what stops you walking along the pavement parallel to your original route? Maybe that extra 4 feet is what makes the difference.
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  • pangolinpangolin Posts: 3,116
    Surely you can just say no to that kind of request. Fair enough for going along with it, but they have no actual right to order you off a public road without reasonable suspicion do they? And if they had reasonable suspicion that you had a bomb then they would hopefully do a bit more than just make you use a different route.

    *goes off to do laps of Buckingham Palace for lunch hour*
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  • spursn17spursn17 Posts: 284
    Surely you can just say no to that kind of request. Fair enough for going along with it, but they have no actual right to order you off a public road without reasonable suspicion do they? And if they had reasonable suspicion that you had a bomb then they would hopefully do a bit more than just make you use a different route.

    I did ride on the road after having a roadside 'discussion' with the officer, a lot of cyclists got off and walked though.
  • cookeeemonstercookeeemonster Posts: 1,976
    so the coaches full of foreigners and 1000's of kilos of potential explosives are ok...but the cyclist with maybe a backpack is not?!??!

    Did they also ask tourist pedestrians with a bag to f**k off too??

    Just amazing.

    Someone should do something ;)
  • spursn17spursn17 Posts: 284
    so the coaches full of foreigners and 1000's of kilos of potential explosives are ok...but the cyclist with maybe a backpack is not?!??!

    Did they also ask tourist pedestrians with a bag to f**k off too??

    Just amazing.

    Someone should do something ;)

    This was the argument that I put to the officer, the choice I gave him was let me ride on the road or put me in a van to the nick.
  • asprillaasprilla Posts: 8,440
    spursn17 wrote:
    so the coaches full of foreigners and 1000's of kilos of potential explosives are ok...but the cyclist with maybe a backpack is not?!??!

    Did they also ask tourist pedestrians with a bag to f**k off too??

    Just amazing.

    Someone should do something ;)

    This was the argument that I put to the officer, the choice I gave him was let me ride on the road or put me in a van to the nick.

    Did you call him a pleb?
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  • spursn17spursn17 Posts: 284
    I think I'm more of a pleb than most people :D
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