Day 65: Bike theft – has it happened to you?

9 03 2010

It only takes a second to steal a bike as this bike messenger in New York discovered. In today’s world of Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets, it may be easier to get a stolen bike back, but I don’t take chances. Call me paranoid, but I lock up my bike even if I’m leaving it unattended just for a couple minutes. Maybe I’m naturally distrusting of strangers, but even when I stop in a store quickly for a snack or a restroom break, I lock up the bike.

If I ride to the grocery store or other errand where I plan to lock it up, I don’t ride my expensive Trek road bike. Ok, “expensive” to me, not “Lance-Armstrong-expensive.” But still – I’d hate for it to get stolen, so I don’t take any chances. Instead, when I go on errands, I ride my cheap, comfortable, sturdy dinosaur of a mountain bike. (His name is T-Rex.) It cost me $100 about 10 years ago from a sporting goods store. It may be cheap, but I love it. When I lock it up, I take off the cyclecomputer, headlight, and trunk bag and take them with me.

Several times I’ve ridden the dinosaur to an outdoor concert, art fair or other event where it remained locked up a good part of the day. After the event, I’m always happy to see it’s still where I left it. While I’d definitely be upset if it got stolen, I’d rather lose that bike than my good road bike.

I do realize that sometimes even a good bike lock does not guarantee someone won’t steal a bike, but at least it helps prevent the thief of opportunity.

  • Do you always lock up your bike?
  • Do you have a beater bike you use for in-town errands and a different  bike for more serious riding?
  • Have you ever had a bike stolen? Was it locked or unlocked? Did you get it back?

I do have our bikes covered on our homeowner’s insurance, but I’ve considered registering them with the National Bike Registry. I suppose $10-$25 is a pretty reasonable amount for the peace of mind, but do any of you have any experience with them? Is your bike registered? I’d love to hear your feedback.

Today’s starting weight: 151

Food journal:

Breakfast:
— Chocolate, peanut butter and banana smoothie = 385 cal.

Lunch:
— Low fat PB&J on whole wheat = 398
— Small bag Rold Gold pretzels = 230
— Vitamin Water Zero = 0

Dinner:
— Grilled chicken sandwich = 262
— Iced Tea = 0

Snacks:
— Fat free chocolate pudding cup (evening snack) = 60
— Chocolate mint Builder Bar (afternoon snack) = 270

Thanks for visiting. See you tomorrow.

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3 responses

9 03 2010
Marcy

I would never, never leave my precious bike unlocked for one second. I have locked it up for less than 6 seconds before, like when I run into the post office to drop mail in the slot…might be a little much, but I hate when my bike gets stolen!

10 03 2010
cyclingproject365

I’ve never had one stolen before (knock wood), but I would be really pissed to lose one. I figure if it’s going to be out of my sight for any time, then I’ll take the time to lock it up.

24 03 2010
Day 80: Locking your bike « Cyclingproject365

[…] 80: Locking your bike 24 03 2010 As I mentioned on Day 65, I avoid riding my good Trek road bike for around-town errands. I’d rather not risk having it […]

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