Cheung Chau Crazy Bike Puncture Woman at large

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    Martin Williams

    Today, took my wife's bicycle to repair place, after the second mysterious puncture in the space of a few weeks.

    She had left her bike near the Praya, while heading for work; came back to find the front tyre completely flat.

    Bicycle Repair Man (a top man, works near King's Cafe) saw the flat tyre, and immediately told me it must be a "nervous" woman who has evidently started a habit of puncturing tyres of bikes left near the ferry pier. He had another eight or so bikes awaiting puncture repairs; told me if I checked near the pier, could see many bikes with flat tyres.

    With inner tube removed, there too was typical hole he'd been finding: small, as if by something sharp and round like a needle. One bike awaiting puncture repair belonged to a woman who had seen Crazy Bike Puncture Woman in act of stabbing her tyre – but not in time to catch her.

    Evidently, the puncture habit started around Chinese New Year. No fixed time of day for puncturing.

    So, if you have a bike on Cheung Chau, take care – and keep an eye out for Crazy Bike Puncture Woman!

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