Thursday, May 1, 2008

Bicycle thieves suck

Along First Avenue.

3 comments:

Sandra said...

isn't it illegal to chain the bikes to street signs? It could have just been removed by the city. Who's the jerk now?

Grieve said...

Ah, good point, Sandra. Wonder if the owner contacted the city...? And I wonder if there's a fee to have it returned...

Jill said...

No way did the city remove the bike, that would just be too organized. NY is the bike theft capital of the world. Nobody who has ever owned a bike has had it for more than a couple of years that I have known. I have a lot of very good stolen bike stories and 2 involve friends of mine seeing someone else riding their stolen bikes and chasing them down. In both cases they got their bikes back! One by brute force and one by a nice guy who didn't know he had bought a stolen bike.

Our landlord replaced the bike racks in the courtyard with garbage bins so we had to move our bikes to the street at which point I have been buying bikes as often as I buy groceries. But once, our 3 bikes were stolen on the same night and the night worker at our local bakery said he saw a pickup truck pull up and clip all the bikes on the block and then drive away. That he did nothing about it but watch in fascination is irritating. The only bikes that remained were those with those super heavy chains, the kind you can barely lift.

Then, a super in a building on Ave A told us to lock our bikes on the Avenue not on the street as they are stolen less frequently. We parked one bike there and within 2 weeks the cranks and pedals were stolen, but the big fat chain did the trick, the rest of the bike remains.