What would you do if you saw someone trying to steal your bike? Would you shout at them? Call the police? Talk to them politely? Throw a brick or twelve in their general direction?
Well, cyclist Travis Ames was put in exactly that position in Austin, Texas recently when he left a “Whataburger" to find someone trying to climb on his wheels.
It would seem that under the circumstances, Travis went through a series of different emotions:
- First attacking the thief
- Secondly wrestling with the thief
- Thirdly trying to reason with the thief
- ...and fourthly, fist bumping the thief
“Honestly, I didn’t want to be in that situation," said Travis in the comments of the Instagram video which shows the incident, below.
“Had my last bike stolen 4 months ago from the same Whataburger. I guess I was just kind of over the whole stealing bikes thing.
“Riding is what I do. It's my vehicle. He was probably about 40 going on 70. I wish him peace and love and happiness.
“I'm sorry I had to rough him up a little. I feel bad about it. Maybe next time I'll politely ask the thief to get off my bike instead of throwing him off. Once you put a man on the ground and he then starts swinging at you for it you kinda have to put him on the ground again."
Despite the original incident then, it looks like Travis is actually a lot more sympathetic than a lot of bike riders would be in similar circumstances... Here's the footage of the event: