Friday, January 02, 2009

merry christmas to me

it was really cold here in chicago and my big u-lock had froze. when i got home from my girlfriends i locked my winter bike up outside with the mini u-lock, and brought my big u-lock inside to thaw out. my winter bike stays outside all winter long. i live in a small place with roommates and i already have three bikes in the house. i left in hurry because i saw on the news that amtrak was canceling trains because of the weather, and i needed to get to michigan to be with my family for christmas. in doing so, i forgot to re-lock my bike with my big u-lock through the frame and back wheel.

the day after christmas, derek calls and says someone stole my wheel set (it was nothing that great- a set of velocity areoheads with formula hubs and they have been through three winters). i was bummed, but what could i do? i was in michigan with the only set of keys to my lock. the next day, derek calls again and tells me whoever took the wheels must have come back, and they took my cetma rack, my spd pedals, and my fenders. this bummed me out.

while in michigan, i made a new porter box that i was really excited about, and now i can't even test it out. whoever stole all this was pretty much an asshole. if they thought it was an abandoned bike, that's bullshit- it had lube on the chain and zip ties on the wheels, plus a bike might stay in the same spot due to the holidays. oh well- i guess im going to have to rebuild.

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after

6 comments:

Kid With A Cool Guitar said...

Man, that really sucks...

jimmy said...

bastards, sorry to hear it

nick said...

looks like they forgot the seat/saddle, handlebars, fork and crank...half-assed job.

sorry to hear about that, trying to be a lil optimistic. =]

1 less car said...

ha ha they tried to take the handle bars and stem but they must be rusted on,they got the bolt out but thats about it.

paul said...

That sucks.

Bad karma to bike thieves...

needlefeed said...

Dude, I was going to write you a quick review on the zip-ties. But then I saw this, Fuck, really sucks. I have to say, I ride past your bike almost everyday, and thought, hmmm, he musta taken his wheels in for some overhauling. Crap man, I'm sorry to hear this unfortunate news.

On the zip-ties, mine only lasted for about 2 miles before each one had busted off. Maybe just stay away from AceHardware brand zip-ties, I'll try some better ones.

Hang in there,