Rotten Friday – Bike Thieves Suck

Well, I ran out of my house to hop on my bike and go to my Friday yoga class.

Only to find out my garage had been broken into (cut through the metal holding the lock) and BOTH my bikes were stolen.

(And my cordless power tools).

I have lived without a car for over four years and my bikes were my primary form of transportation.  When I bought my new hybrid a couple of years ago, I kept the mountain for snow riding, and for visiting friends & roommates who didn’t have a bike of their own.

While fortunately I live near bus lines, the walk to the non-crappy grocery store is over a mile and biking is usually a lot faster than the bus.  Plus it was my primary form of exercise.  And these were my babies.  And they were MINE.  Two people came in and obviously rode them away, because my roommate’s 2 bikes were not stolen.  Yes, I’ve filed a police report and it’s on bikeportland.org‘s stolen bikes page, and I’m checking Craigslist, but…fuck.  What a fucking birthday gift.

These things also terrify you because someone is on your property, going through your stuff.  In 2007 my house was broken into through my bedroom window, with my Rottweiler home, during the day.  They obviously left in a hurry because of her but did get away, ironically, with my power tools (that were in the house, not the garage), and left their break-in tools in my bedroom closet.  I didn’t sleep for over six months.  These people are horrible.

Fuckers left my bike helmet behind.

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my beautiful norco indie hybrid with disc brakes and lovingly covered with my favorite stickers over the past couple of years, the trusty bike basket and the way i loved how it sped me even faster than my old mountain bike when commuting downtown, going to the grocery store, or just weaving around the neighborhoods to go see friends…i miss her terribly.
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and then my classic old, beatup Giant mountain bike which I got back in Santa Barbara, which got me through the snowiest of days here in Portland and was the first bike I ever rode a real bike commute on to and from downtown, with the rock n roll stickers and the cushy seat…I miss you.

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8 thoughts on “Rotten Friday – Bike Thieves Suck

  1. Well, dammit! That sucks. I’ve had two bikes stolen myself, and I certainly feel your anger, frustration and pain here. I only hope that they come back to you in good condition.

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  2. I am SO SORRY, Aimee! I cannot imagine having such a thing happen. I would be devastated, loving my bikes as I do. And terrified. Holy cow! I pray those bikes come back to you, or better! ❤

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  3. That sucks!

    I too am hoping they come back to you or better as well! You’re birthday week can and WILL be salvaged! Even if I have to call you and sing a very silly birthday song! (You better hope something else happens first!!!)

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  4. I don’t like what happened, obviously. I liked to show my support and condolences 😦 😦 very sorry to hear. Hope that you are able to sleep, and that the odds are in your favor and your babies come home

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  5. So, so, so sorry to hear that. I had my “beach cruiser” bike stolen many years ago, from my unlocked laundry room, behind my house, just off my carport, many years ago. While it was not my mode of transportation, I did love going on outings with my kids. And it was such a violation of my personal space. I cannot understand the evil that people do. Hope your week gets better and that someone finds your babies and returns them to you..

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