Frugality Got My Bike Stolen

Sometimes my frugal nature costs me. I’ve been needing to get a lock for my bike for a couple of months. Whenever I was in a store that sold bike locks I’d check the prices but I always thought I could get a better price. I figured my bike was safe enough where it was and I’d get a lock when I started riding my bike more often in the spring. That proved to be false because yesterday my bike was stolen. I was keeping it by my back door which is a storage area for the apartments in my building. This area is locked and can only be accessed by residents of my apartment building so I didn’t think I had to worry about my bike being stolen from there. I suspect it was probably my neighbor or one of their visitors that took my bike but I have no way of knowing. Sometimes people leave the outside door unlocked so it could have been anybody. The bike was free and not worth much. It was an old, junky, 10 speed and I didn’t think anybody would want to steal it which was another reason I delayed getting a lock. Although the bike was free it will cost me money to replace it if I decide to do so. Trying to save a couple bucks on a bike lock cost me a bike.

6 thoughts on “Frugality Got My Bike Stolen”

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about your bike, that bites. With the changing weather I am about to start riding my bike to work, and your story leads me to think that I will be keeping it inside the lab! My brother (an avid cyclist) had his expensive bike stolen from his apartment, but fortunately the renter’s insurance covered his loss.

  2. I’m sorry to hear about the bike – i’ve had a similar situation where a bike was actually stolen from my parents house when i was living there. Someone was bold enough to actually go in the side door, down the basement stairs and steal my $600 bike from the basement. I never saw it again. Oh well, what are you going to do.

  3. Awh, that stinks!

    I’m going to suggest that if you look for another one, and can’t find it free, that you can often find very low-priced bikes if you live near a college campus. There are often auctions in the spring to sell off the random bikes that are abandoned there each year. You can get very nice bikes for less than $10, and the money often benefits a charity.

  4. I had to chuckle when I read this post. I too have thought something was safe where I placed it and found out later how quick and creative a thief can be. I had a grill taken of a second floor pattio. I was so amazed, I kind of thought they deserved it to be so slick.


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