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Stolen Bikes

15 Nov

So there was a point in my life were I thought biking was nerdy, and then after a few years in college, I really came to terms with the fact that I am a nerd and that I really needed a bike.

Bikes are funny little things, because they can get you somewhere extremely quickly and efficiently and it is not polluting the environment. They also help you to burn calories and build up some leg muscle.  Bikes are also funny because here at UK everyone in the world wants to steal them.  In fact they are stolen so often that Lexington Police has an online crime report form that you have to fill out that is just specific to bikes.

I have also been a target to this type of theft, sadly.  I bought a pretty crappy bike from someone off Craigslist (Yes! Always go with another person if you are buying something off of there and if you feel like it is the least bit sketchy DO NOT go!), anyway it had terrible brakes and the more that I rode it the more the brakes did not work.  Finally it came to the point that I had to start dragging my feet in order to get the bike to come to a complete stop.  Then, as I was crossing a street on my bike a car ran a stop sign and hit me on my bike, breaking my pedal (the guy was a jerk in his massive car and I kicked the front grill really hard – he didn’t apologize or roll down his window or anything he just made an obscence gesture at me and drove off).  Nevertheless, I now had an extremely crappy bike, one with a flat tire, no brakes and without a pedal and had stopped riding it so much until I got it fixed.

About a week later I went to my parking lot only to find that my car had been badly damaged from someone that hit it starting at the back bumper and dragging up the entire side of the car until they finally were able to stop on my driver side door.  Thanks, jerk!  So since I was unable to drive it, I went to unchain my poor little bike only to find that, the bike and the chain was completely gone.  The only thing that I can think, is that serves you right person that stole my bike I hope you crashed because your foot slipped off of the missing pedal and when you tried to slow down you realized the brakes did not work either.  A poor college student can only hope that in some way karma got both of those people.

I sadly got over my stolen property (although if I ever see that bike on campus, I will take it back, the second that I see it) but was unable to buy another one because of my financial situation.  So I learned to do something less fun but still energy efficient and walk everywhere that I would have rode my bike to.  This past semester I found out about a program that UK does which “rents” bikes to students for free.  That is right for free!

bikeYou have to win the lottery in order to get this privileged and the first time that I entered the lotto I did not win a bike.  The second time, however, I did! It was very exciting, the first thing that I did was to take it on a spin around campus just to see how much faster I could get around on it.  I know that bikes can be expensive and finding a cheap, nice, used bike is something that is very hard to do.  With this program I was able to get back on the road (well, bike lane) and I was able to save my money.  There might be this sort of program around you as well, it just takes a little digging to find it.

Also, if you have every had your bike stolen, I am very sorry for you.  We can hope together that we find our bikes or that karma comes back to those people and every time they go for a ride on our bikes, they hit a rock and fall off.  I can only hope.

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