August 16, 2008
So here I am, riding downtown with Don to have some Friday night dinner at Rigolettos followed by drinks at Tzin. We had a lovely time visiting with friends, one in particular who was visiting from NYC...
Until we went outside to our bikes locked up at a proper bike rack on Jasper and 104th under a HUGE bright light outside of a grocery store. Slashed tires! Not just punctured or poked, the gash on both our rear tires was so pronounced that only a serrated rambo-like knife would have done the job in any reasonable amount of time. I cringe to think of the kind of person who just happens to be walking around with one of those.
We walked the bikes a few blocks to get the bus (thankfully Don's fit on the bus rack), rode the bus to our conveniently located bike shop, locked them outside, then took a cab home. We returned this morning to officially take them in for repair and our only consolation was how aghast our bikes guys and all the customers in the store were upon surveying the damage.
To add insult to injury, last night when we finally got home to walk the dog we witnessed a bike theft in our neighborhood! A pick-up truck was speeding out of an alley with a bike in the back and was making several false turns trying to get out of the street (there is a bunch of construction around our place right now so getting in and out is tricky unless you know where to go). We got the license plate number and went into the alley where they emerged to take a look at the garages. Sure enough, one garage had its side door wide open and another had both garage doors rolled right up.
Shame on these jerks who violate and steal bikes. Shame!
Of course, this isn't going to stop me from riding my bike or taking it downtown. We finally got the fender for my Amsterdam Electra so Don put it on for me and tuned up my old ride. I'll be rocking on my other bikes while poor Pashley gets a little TLC. I'm not going to let a mean jerk-face stop me from getting my ride on.
Again, shame on bike molesters and bike thieves!