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14.8.09

that which rolled

RIP


The last time I saw that which rolls was Tuesday morning, 11 August. I went out early Tuesday evening. My neighbor and I noticed three teenagers (1 woman and 2 men - not from our neighborhood) hanging around the alley by our fence. The lock on on the alley-side door wasn't working.

You see, I live in a 16 flat, 3 floor building with a common area in the back. It's accessible from the alley and the street with two locked wooden doors. I've installed two bars for locking up bikes on the posts supporting the building's balcony system. They're those bars you find in bathrooms for physically challenged folks. Each is double-screwed to prevent their removal. That which rolls was locked up to one with a cable and U-Lock: U-lock thru front wheel and down tube, cable through back wheel and u-lock. All are gone now...

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12 Comments:

Blogger bother yam said...

Heartbreaking loss, I'm sorry. This is such a distinctive bike that I would think that someone in the biking community there would see a kid on that and think that there's something wrong. Let your people know and I wish you the best of luck in recovering her...

14/8/09 09:02  
Blogger Thom said...

My stomach dropped. I'm so sorry. I don't even know what to say...

14/8/09 10:43  
Blogger Carlos said...

I'm sorry for your loss. She is a beautiful bike, and I hope you manage to find her (they'll probably try posting on eBay or Craigslist, so stay sharp and please give us (your readers) a few more details on what to look out for.

14/8/09 23:21  
Anonymous There'll Always be an England said...

Tough luck, indeed, old man. Must have been a bit of a blow.

Any hope that you'll be able to track TWR down? It's a pretty distinctive cycle, after all, and you did eyeball three possible perps. That should give you a leg up.

16/8/09 09:21  
Blogger Fat Lad said...

That's just not cricket mate... Bad show

Fat Lad

16/8/09 13:46  
Blogger Da' Square Wheelman, said...

Thanks folks! The silver lining in all of this has been the huge outpouring of sympathy from my fellow bikers. And tomorrow, I'm heading west of the Windy City to pick up a replacement offered gratis by a fellow 3peed nutter! All I can say is that I'm utterly speechless with...

16/8/09 13:56  
Anonymous Karl McCracken (twitter: @karlonsea) said...

That sucks - just shocking that someone would go to such an effort to steal something that means so much.

When the revolution comes . . .

17/8/09 16:14  
Anonymous There'll Always Be an England said...

Very glad to hear you'll be remounted soon, not to mention booted and spurred. We can't have the Square Wheelman getting along without wheels, after all. It's as unthinkable as Wellington without Copenhagen.

That said, I'd still do my utmost to recover TWR if I were you. Worth a try, any road. And while you're at it, you might also want to revisit your overnight storage scheme. Can you keep your bike in your flat in future?

18/8/09 10:50  
Anonymous Lovely Bicycle! said...

Oh no, how utterly horrible! That bicycle looked like a living, breathing creature and I am so sorry to hear about this.

18/8/09 21:43  
Blogger Carlos said...

She's loverly, that Windy City steed is!

19/8/09 22:50  
Anonymous theboy said...

Sorry about the loss. I'm amazed that thieves would go through a u-lock to get a bike without a bit of carbon fiber.

My naturally suspicious mind hints that someone in the building knows something about this.

20/8/09 08:37  
Blogger Da' Square Wheelman, said...

I've given the insider theory some thought as well especially given the recent turnover in neighbors. As for the search, a number of local bike shops have shared TWR's description with their mechanics and several bikers have been monitoring Craig's List and Ebay. Also, some close friends will be keeping their eyes peeled on the upcoming Chicago Critical Mass. Thanks again for everyone's support!!!

21/8/09 08:49  

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