As far as my bike commute goes, I have it pretty easy. I have a 1.5 mile ride on the way to get to work and it’s almost all downhill. This means that I don’t ever have to worry about showing up to work all sweaty. I know that there are many ways to mitigate a sweatier commute, but I’m glad that I don’t really have to deal with them. All of the roads are 25 MPH, so I don’t have cars swooping past me at 50 MPH (or not very often at least). There are no bike lanes for me to ride on my way to work, but most of the roads are “signed bike routes” which really doesn’t mean much, but at least I know that somebody somewhere thought that it was okay for me to ride my bike on this particular route. Because my commute is so short, I can basically hop on my bike 7 minutes before I want to be at work. And once I get to my office building, I have this excellent, indoor bike rack where I can lock up:
It’s not perfectly functional (the bars are too narrow for some forks), but it is indoors, and attractive, and it has a giant Penny Farthing on one end, silently presiding over the rack like a royal guard at Buckingham Palace. However, the P-far seems to be falling asleep during it’s guard duties, because when I went to retrieve my bike at the end of a long work day, I found this:
My headlight had been stolen!
I had been in the habit of removing my lights when I parked, and I thought I was being kind of paranoid, but evidently I wasn’t paranoid enough!
Not only is this bike rack indoors, in an entryway that gets a fair amount of traffic, it’s even under video surveillance. Let’s take a look at the tape.
My office is near Kennedy Plaza, which seems to have its share of unsavory characters. One of my co-workers had both wheels stolen off of his bike when he locked just the frame to a bike rack outside on Kennedy Plaza, but I didn’t think that a thief would be so bold as to walk into a building to steal something. Now I know better. And now I’m looking out for this guy.
And once my new Planet Bike 2-watt superflash arrives, I’ll be taking it off of my bike whenever I park for more than 15 seconds.