Haha - I read that whole post waiting for the moment when the two stories would become somehow related!
I wouldn't worry unduly about either incident. There are better bike shops out there than Evans, although even Evans should be able to fit a tyre so I suspect you were just unlucky. Fixing punctures is pretty straightforward - if you're going to ride regularly, you'll get the odd puncture so it's worth learning to do it yourself.
LOOOOOOOOOL!!! I read it twice to see where I missed the connection. Here is my fictional edit:
When I chose the tyres I was served by a trainee who took a very long time to put my request into the till ... So I looked around the shop to pass the time, browsing the bikes and there it was, the bike I handed to the Police, for sale at a staggering £600!
My stomach turned, my instinct told me something was not right, but I remained calm and took discreet pictures of the bike on my phone. I then video'd the shop staff, pretending I was on a call.
Finally I left the shop, my heart racing that I could've been caught. I rode towards the station, hiding in the breezy sunshine behind a tree on Rathcoole Gardens. I took pictures of the officers who came and went.
Hours past, the smells from the chip shop distracting my attention, but I stayed focussed and it was worth it! The trainee shop worker climbed into the back of a transit van, coming out minutes later dressed as an officer and entered the station
Confused, I waited approx 10 mins to see her leave with a bike, she placed the bike in the back of the van, changing back to her normal clothes.
I returned the next day, the second bike now on sale in the shop window....
Duff Duff Duff....
I know, I need help x
Seema, I can't wait for the next installment of your breathless crime serial!
Like Alex, I was waiting for some connection, any at all, between the two stories. Like you, I was expecting the missing bike to turn up for sale at Evans cycles. The connection was no more than "bicycle". Many of us would be disappointed at not getting a free bike.
The police were more embarrassed than "dreadfully inadequate". Lost (or stolen) property that is found, IMO, should always be handed in to the police: that is where the rightful owners would ask.
Sadly punctures are a fact of life with bikes. While all bicycle tyres resist punctures to some extent, I'm not sure there's any tyre that resists all punctures. Valves can be a problem ...
Apologies, I was just having a laugh...
I dont ride a bike, so have nothing "constructive" to add... I'll go now :(
Oh Seema, I hope you're not feeling deflated. Or uninflated. Riding a bike is good exercise.
Don't know about Evans, but on the one occasion I tried to buy something from 2 Wheels Good I was served (I use the term advisedly) by someone who treated me in such a condescending manner that I won't trouble them for business again.