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Oh this sucks
Somebody stole my bike. I am such a freaking idiot sometimes. This morning I strapped my bike to my car and drove the car to an auto repair place about 6 miles from here. Dropped the car off to get its air-conditioning and muffler repaired, then rode my bike home. A little while ago I got a call that the car was fixed, so I hopped back on my bike. I decided to stop at the drug store first, to pick up a couple of things. I got to the drug store, and parked my bike right by the front window. I thought briefly about locking it to something, but my lock is a bit of a pain to use, and I was only planning on being a few minutes. I figured: right in front of a window, in the middle of the day, not a bad city, shouldn't be a problem. Shit! I'm so mad at myself. I went in, picked up my stuff, and got held up in the line for a bit. Still, I can't have been in there more than 15 minutes or so. Came out, and my bike wasn't there. Just gone. At first, I kept hoping I'd just misremembered where I'd left it, or maybe that somebody had moved it.

I wandered forlornly about the parking lot, hoping it would magically reappear.

It didn't.

Finally I told the CVS people what had happened, and left my name and number in case they heard anything. Then I walked home. Looking like an idiot, going for a walk in biking shorts.....

Of course, now my car is at least a 6-mile walk away, which while not unthinkable would be quite a bother. Fortunately I just called and they let me pay for it on credit card and will leave the keys in the locked vehicle. So at least I can wait until after hours and convince somebody to give me a ride.

But I miss my bike! I loved my bike! It was only 2 years old, and I'd gotten all kinds of nice features on it, and really enjoyed riding it. Plus, all my equipment (helmet, gloves, lock (dammit), trunk, etc) is missing, along with it. If I find the asshole that did it.... I actually saw a fire truck drive by while I was walking home, and ungraciously half-hoped that the bike-stealer had gotten into an accident on it. This theft has turned me into a cruel person. At least for today.

Current Mood: pissed off pissed off
Current Music: Bicycle, by Queen

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encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: July 12th, 2002 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Darn! But that's why we carry the locks with us.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 12th, 2002 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I know, I know....
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: July 12th, 2002 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Many, many years ago in Oregon, I'd ride my bike to a small hippy, vegetarian cafe (where I knew almost everyone that came in) that had a bike rack, right outside their front door and their big window, but I lock it up with a chain through the wheels and the frame to the rack, even though I sit right in the front where I could see the it. A year or so after I left Oregon for grad school in Vancouver, BC, I'd lock the bike up under the back stairs of the house I lived in that had a high (6 foot) wooden fence around the back yard. It was stolen from there. A few days later the police recovered the frame with the brakes still attached a few blocks away. No chain either. I sold it to a faculty member because I was a poor grad student who couldn't afford new wheels, gears and a derailleur.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: July 12th, 2002 12:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
ugh that sucks ): i'll be home later (like after 9 or 10) if you need a ride to get your car.

you should file a police report, so that in the event that your bike is found, they can return it to you. you should be able to file a claim with your homeowner's insurance, too, though they may turn you down because you didn't lock the bike. regardless, it's a big annoying hassle ):
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 12th, 2002 01:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, I'll let you know if I need a ride. I appreciate it. At least your mom's probably taking good care of my car!

It is totally sucky. I'm so mad/upset/sad all at once. I called the police, and they said I could come in 24 hours a day and file a report, which I'll do after I have a car again. I called my insurance company and they say it should be covered, but I have a $250 deductible. I found the receipt (filed, to my great surprise and delight, under "bike"), and it cost around $400, plus the accessories...but I'll still lose a whole lot... damn, this just sucks though!
From: entropygirl Date: July 12th, 2002 12:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Unfortunately bike theft is all too common. People will even rip nice components off of bikes and leave the rest behind. Sorry to hear it happened to you.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 12th, 2002 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, me too.
woz From: woz Date: July 12th, 2002 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lets hope the fire truck ran their arses over!

I had a rather exoensive bike stolen a while back.! I hope they get caught eventually - bastards!!
mermaid_angst From: mermaid_angst Date: July 12th, 2002 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
aw, that sucks. i'm sorry it happened to you.

i always rent a bike when i go on vacation, and i don't have a lock or anything to keep it from getting stolen. when i stop somewhere, i just lean it against a building and hope for the best. judging by your comments, i think i should take better precautions next year.
people can really stink sometimes.
but... no one stole your wallet or cell phone that one day!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 15th, 2002 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, excellent point! I'd forgotten about that....it even took me a couple of times reading your comment to realize what you were talking about. So I guess I people aren't jerks after all. (: That's good to know. I hate living life being suspicious and afraid of people.
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