I was out for a walk this afternoon to pick up coffee for next week, and look what I discovered outside of the cafe. The remains of a bike.
Take a careful look. This front wheel does not have a quick release. The scumbag that stole the remainder of the bike had to have had a wrench or pair of pliers. Now, you can argue this is not the recommended method of locking your bike, but you would think with bolted on wheels this would be sufficient to deter most scumbags, particularly on a high traffic, retail street in front of a cafe.
I have been fortunate. In my time, and I have had a lot of time, I have only had one bicycle stolen. The experience taught me a big lesson. Don’t leave your bike, even if it is locked. I never lock my good bikes when I am out. If I can’t take them with me, I don’t go. I walk them into stores, washrooms, libraries, cafes … I have learned that no matter how good the lock may be, there is always someone willing to do whatever is necessary to break it.
I don’t use the word scumbag lightly. There is nothing more lowly than a bike thief. They have a complete disregard for what a bike is. It is not simply a means of transport. The more a bike is ridden, and the longer it is owned, the more it becomes an integral part of the cyclist. Stealing a bike is nothing short of stealing part of them.
It doesn’t matter what the bike costs. Or, how new or well equipped it may be. Cyclists get attached to their bikes. In fact, they get better with age, like a good bottle of wine. They are upgraded when worn, fit as necessary, and perhaps most importantly, share memorable experiences.
Shame on you bike thief.