I hate, hate, hate Murphy. Like seriously hate him. If you don’t know, I’m talking about Murphy’s Law. You know, If something can go wrong, it will. Unfortunately, I experienced this the other day. My bike was stolen. Like straight up jacked. It was the first time I’ve ever had anything taken from me. I feel violated. Dirty. Like I need to take a cold shower.
I bought my GT Avalanche 2.0 (w/ disk breaks) mountain bike my Junior year of college. My relationship with my bike even predates my relationship with Girl Ninja. We’d been through popped tires, bloody knees, and many many miles together. She was a loyal and faithful servant. Always taking me where I needed to go. Here are a few shots of the good times we had…
Sadly, our relationship ended yesterday. I went to take her out for a ride under the gorgeous San Diego sun, but to my dismay, she was gone, and probably never coming back.
I am partially to blame, as I did make a mistake: I didn’t lock her to a bike rack. My condo complex is completely gated and the parking garage, where the bike racks are, is underground and out of view from the street. The bike rack was completely full and I couldn’t find anything to secure my bike to. So I made, what I thought was a logical decision, and locked my bike to itself. I wrapped it through my back tire, around my chain, and through the frame. I made sure my bike couldn’t be ridden off. I set it up against the wall near the bike rack and thought nothing of it.
This means, some hoodlum (I’ve always wanted to use that word) went to the bike rack. Looked to see if any bikes weren’t attached to it, had to physically pick up my bike (since it couldn’t be ridden), and carry it off. Although having my bike stolen is no fun, I can’t stop thinking about who could have taken it? Was it someone in the complex I live in? Maybe a resident’s visitor? Or did someone jump the fence looking for bikes to heist? Questions I will never know the answer to.
So now I begin Operation Buy a New Bike! I’m not sure if I should go with another mountain bike, or possibly a road bike, or since I live in San Deezy, beach cruisers seem to be the norm. Options, options, options. I’m looking in the $200-$300 price range. I’m excited about getting a new bike, but a little overwhelmed by all of the possibilities. I’ll probably put the purchase on the backburner until I get back from the honeymoon. I’m considering this a lesson learned: TRUST NO ONE.
Has Murphy caused some havoc in your life in recent years?
Ever had anything stolen from you?
Any avid riders have a suggestion on a good $300 used road, mountain, or beach bike?
P.S. If you are the culprit that stole my bike I have a message for you: You smell!