Cyclist warns of ‘deliberate’ tyre punctures

Bournemouth Echo: CYCLE OF DESPAIR: Cyclist Michael Atkinson with one of the punctured inner tubes which he says were caused by metal tacks left on Bournemouth prom CYCLE OF DESPAIR: Cyclist Michael Atkinson with one of the punctured inner tubes which he says were caused by metal tacks left on Bournemouth prom

A CYCLIST suspects someone is deliberately sabotaging bikes on Bournemouth seafront.

Dentist Michael Atkinson said his tyres were punctured three times in five days by unusual tacks.

The 49-year-old said they even punctured the Kevlar tyres of his mountain bike.

“It’s like they have been designed specifically to take tyres out,” said Mr Atkinson, from Lytchett Matravers.

“When you touch them they roll up with the points sticking up.

“To have three of exactly the same type is just too much of a coincidence.”

He added: “This isn’t good news either for dogs or people out walking.

Mr Atkinson said he is not sure of the exact location but believes the tacks were put around Bournemouth Pier.

He collects his bike from Parkstone Yacht Club each day and cycles from Shore Road to Southbourne and works at Tuckton Medical Practice.

“I’ve been cycling along the seafront for at least five years and only had two other punctures in that time,” he said.

The tacks are shaped like a crescent moon, have a little depth, and are around 8mm long.

Bournemouth council said it had not received any other reports of problems or experienced it with its own seafront vehicles.

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8:18pm Tue 9 Nov 10

Peggy Babcock says...

If true, it's a sad, sad individual who resorts to such cheap tactics. If they have a problem, be brave and confront a cyclist face to face.

The prom is bad enough to cycle on now with the sand without this sort of thing going on.
If true, it's a sad, sad individual who resorts to such cheap tactics. If they have a problem, be brave and confront a cyclist face to face. The prom is bad enough to cycle on now with the sand without this sort of thing going on. Peggy Babcock

10:28pm Tue 9 Nov 10

twoofdiamonds says...

Those 'tacks' sound like segs to me
Those 'tacks' sound like segs to me twoofdiamonds

8:41am Wed 10 Nov 10

MikeFrench says...

Sand on the promenade???
Unbelievable!!
Sand on the promenade??? Unbelievable!! MikeFrench

9:24am Wed 10 Nov 10

Derf says...

Those pesky foxes up to no good again...
Those pesky foxes up to no good again... Derf

11:15am Wed 10 Nov 10

Perihelion says...

Could it just be that a beach hut owner has been re-roofing his hut with felt and inadvertantly dropped a few tacks?
Could it just be that a beach hut owner has been re-roofing his hut with felt and inadvertantly dropped a few tacks? Perihelion

3:30pm Wed 10 Nov 10

soapboxdave says...

Paranoid cyclists again.
Paranoid cyclists again. soapboxdave

3:47pm Wed 10 Nov 10

Azphreal says...

So where is the picture of the tacks he pulled out of his tyres?
So where is the picture of the tacks he pulled out of his tyres? Azphreal

4:42pm Wed 10 Nov 10

poolereader says...

This article is so badly written! "It's like they have been designed...' What have?! 'When you touch them...' Touch what?! Read on a few more paragraphs and you get to find out. Oh, the suspense gets me every time!
This article is so badly written! "It's like they have been designed...' What have?! 'When you touch them...' Touch what?! Read on a few more paragraphs and you get to find out. Oh, the suspense gets me every time! poolereader

4:48pm Wed 10 Nov 10

captsanders says...

Perhaps their nano tacks and search out cyclists because their a pain in the backside.
Perhaps their nano tacks and search out cyclists because their a pain in the backside. captsanders

9:39pm Wed 10 Nov 10

Kiki73 says...

Bold faced lie; Bournemouth Council and the local police were informed when my boyfriend's tyres were slashed on Braidley Road the weekend before last, and we also reported a smashed-in drivers side window in the same place, the next day. Seems the council aren't going to advise you, so be warned if you park in the Meyrick Park area; entirely possible it's the same culprit given that the pier isn't that far away.
Bold faced lie; Bournemouth Council and the local police were informed when my boyfriend's tyres were slashed on Braidley Road the weekend before last, and we also reported a smashed-in drivers side window in the same place, the next day. Seems the council aren't going to advise you, so be warned if you park in the Meyrick Park area; entirely possible it's the same culprit given that the pier isn't that far away. Kiki73

9:47pm Fri 19 Nov 10

downfader says...

soapboxdave wrote:
Paranoid cyclists again.
Not quite. The usual tactic is for someone to smash glass bottles on well known routes. Though it seems in this case someone has gone heavy duty, perhaps they realise that modern cycling tyres are pretty sturdy and need more of a point to puncture.
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The same tactic was used in Scotland:
http://news.bbc.co.u
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[quote][p][bold]soapboxdave[/bold] wrote: Paranoid cyclists again.[/p][/quote]Not quite. The usual tactic is for someone to smash glass bottles on well known routes. Though it seems in this case someone has gone heavy duty, perhaps they realise that modern cycling tyres are pretty sturdy and need more of a point to puncture. . The same tactic was used in Scotland: http://news.bbc.co.u k/1/hi/scotland/tays ide_and_central/8054 215.stm downfader

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