A day in the life of a bike commuter, looking at cars that take over the bike/bus only lanes. I'm an advocate of the "Share the Road" program and would like to see police enforcement of the cars illegally driving in the bike/bus lanes.

Monday, January 15, 2007

The end.

If you went to the farmer's market on Sunday like I did, you may have seen me crying on the corner of 20th and Q Street, after discovering this:

I know--I should not have been using a cable lock. I should have had my U-lock. But I didn't think that someone would walk up in the 20 minutes that I went into the farmer's market (in plain view of my bike), and walk away with it. Amid the hussle and bussle of Dupont circle on a Sunday morning. F * C K.

I suppose this could be a motivating incident--something to get me more into the job search. Please, get me out of this godforsaken haven of crime and back to Chicago. Because I know that absolutely nothing will be done about this incident and that nothing will be done to prevent this from happening to someone else. That said, I am still going to write a letter to Fenty and to Jim Graham (of Ward 1), telling them how I feel about getting mugged by 5 teenage kids with a gun, having my bike stolen, arriving on the scene of a recent mugging in front of my house, having several friends mugged, 2 friends' cars stolen, having my favorite bar held up by 4 masked gunmen, and a restaurant around the corner robbed along with all the patrons.

What is wrong with the world today?

Let me know if you see a Jamis Coda Sport with this water bottle on it:

I looks like this but it also has fenders, a rack, toe clips, handlebar extensions, a little bike seat bag, and lights.


Blogger The Urban Cyclist said...

I am so so so so so so so so sorry.

No one deserves to have their bike stolen.

Do you need a loaner? Its just a hunk o' junk cruiser but its yours if you need it.

email peoplelikeusdc@gmail.com

Monday, 15 January, 2007

Blogger Lindsay said...

Thanks! You're very kind. I'll survive, but I'm afraid this blog wont! But my roommate has said that I can use the bike that she got off craigslist for $50. Sweet.

Monday, 15 January, 2007

Blogger Alex said...

That stinks. I'm really sorry about that. I always worry that my bike will be gone since I also use a similar locking mechanism. Maybe it's time to get a u-lock?

It looks like we commute on the same roads, by the way. I commute from adams morgan by way of mass ave down through chinatown over to e st between 4th and 5th. the bike lanes are just another lane as you've documented. keep the blog going!

Tuesday, 16 January, 2007

Blogger Lindsay said...

Definitely get a U-lock...and use it! I didn't always carry mine b/c it's so big and heavy, but now of course I wish I had bought one of those tiny little U-locks to lock the frame and used the cable for the tires.

I'm glad you like the blog and if it encourages you to buy a U-lock and prevents you from being the victim of a crime, and keeps you biking--that makes me happy!

Tuesday, 16 January, 2007

Blogger Richard said...

"The end"? Don't give up! It's a big bummer to come back and see your bike gone. If you use a cable, they use clippers, if you use a U-lock, they use a bar. But bounce back, find an urban assault vehicle in basic black with decal hiding electic tape that suits you and keep on shredding!!

Thursday, 18 January, 2007

Blogger Lindsay said...

I just had a great idea when I was walking through DuPont today. I saw a Police Bike leaning against a business, while the officer was getting lunch. No lock, but instead of a brand name, it said "POLICE" in really big letters on the frame. The next bike I buy--I am going to find someone to do a custom paint job to put "POLICE" on my bike! That would be legal, right? I could just say I really like the band...

Monday, 22 January, 2007

Anonymous Pelagius said...

ARGH! That sucks. Thieves almost sawed through my cable lock about 3 years ago. Don't know who scared them off finally. Fortunately, bike thieves in Australia are usually heroin junkies and thoroughly inept.

Get a junker to tide you over and keep on bloggin'

Thursday, 25 January, 2007

Anonymous washcycle said...

Did the lock have any sort of guarantee? Kryptonite locks do (though there are so many hoops to jump through).

Also, you'll be able to claim this on your homeowner's or renter's insurance if you want. When my bike was stolen last year, I did and it helped a little.

Friday, 26 January, 2007

Blogger Lindsay said...

I'm kicking myself for various reasons. My U-lock has a guarantee; the cable does not. Renter's insurance was something that I had thought about getting last year, but never got around to! I seriously did not think this could happen so easily.

As for continuing the blog, it's too cold! I would also have to add some accessories to my roommate's bike like lights, toe clips, a rack, etc. I'm too lazy and cheap for all of that right now. Especially when it's 18 degrees out.

Friday, 26 January, 2007

Blogger iconoclasst said...


Just wanted to add my consolation to the mass...I've never experienced this but I can imagine how crappy it feels.

Been riding a lot in DC lately; I'll keep my eyes peeled.

Good luck and keep the blog going!

Friday, 26 January, 2007

Blogger lee.watkins said...

Cablelocks are so useless you might as well leave it unlocked. Hand clippers can cut a braided cable as fast as you can open it with a key. You do realize DC is # 2 for stolen bikes, behind NYC ? Use a ART-certified U-lock and bungee-cord it to your rack when biking. In DC I always use the ONGUARD BEAST CHAIN LOCK, I put a basket on my rack, and just throw it in that. there is a place that will send you all the real dutch locks here.... http://www.dutchbike.co.uk/accessoires/Locks.htm

Friday, 20 April, 2007

Blogger Lindsay said...

Thanks for the recommendations, Lee. I actually had no idea that DC was so notorious for bike theft. But the more I discuss it with others, the more it is becoming obvious to me! I hope that people who read this (and are still as naive as I was) will think twice about the type of lock they use. For my new bike (whenever I get it), I promise to never use a cable lock again!

Friday, 20 April, 2007

Blogger gwadzilla said...

watch Pee Wees Big Adventure

it is a good example of the 12 Step Program to dealing with your loss

I had a bike stolen well over a decade ago
I still look for it

crime sucks
criminals lack empathy
there is something wrong with those that can not be rationalized with

messing with someone else's shit
well... that just is not right

the theif is not thinking much further than the wade of cash thwy will get for the bike
which may be 20 or forty bucks

watch craig's list
and the pawn shops

but do not waste too much energy on it

just get your next bike and get on with your day

Thursday, 24 May, 2007


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