Topic: Bike Questions
I just moved to Columbia Heights (Lamont St) Thursday, and I am reasonably confident that my bike was stolen today. There isn’t really anywhere for me to keep it inside so it had been locked, with a pretty darn good lock I might add, to a light pole in front of my house. It is possible that someone from the City or the utility company removed it as well, but the end result is the same – the bike is gone.
I am curious to hear your opinions on my options from here. Recovering it would be kinda nice, I don’t have much hope of getting it back because I haven’t registered it anywhere and despite knowing quirks and distinctive markings, I don’t know the serial number or anything like that.
Moving forward, although I cannot deny the convenience of the CaBi system, I am reluctant to spend money on a membership because dislike the CaBi bikes so much. They are heavy, clunky, and uncomfortable for me to ride. I am considering replacing the bike (which, to be fair, was starting to show some clear signs of wear) but not particularly eager to spend money on this given that finding a place to store the bike is evidently pretty tough.
Any opinions you guys have on whether I should report the bike missing (and how to do so without a registration), CaBi memberships, bike storage, and bike shops that sell at very reasonable prices would all be most welcome.
FWIW, it was a 10+ year old red and black Schwinn that I used recreationally. I have no idea the model or size.