August 5th, 2012

buzzed, B&W

Of bikes and Reno . . .

I really should write more.

Anyway, I had my 2006 Specialized Langster stolen a while ago. Fun little (and I do mean little - frame was a 50 or a 52 cm) bike - nice light and stiff frame with a fun, twitchy track geometry. I had put pursuit bars on it, with some bar end brakes, and thanks to some luck during a raffle at Reno Bike Project's Bikes and Brews, had put on a Brooks saddle, and thanks to John and Aimee, corresponding Brooks bar tape. There was some toe overlap, which would keep me on my toes occasionally, but still a fun little ride.

I was riding the bike that morning, thinking it was fun, especially as I had just got some Gatorskins for it during REI's annual sale. I volunteer that morning at the bike project, and then was going to a friend's place to watch the Spain/France Eurocup game. Left the Bike Project, and it's probably 11:30 or 12 ish, and I stop at Craft to get some beers. Being in a bit of a hurry, I decided I'd risk leaving my bike unlocked. The whole front of the store is glass, so I figured I'd keep my eye on it . . . I went in, grabbed some Sofie, as well as a six of Maui's Big Swell in cans. I looked out the window, and saw my bike, as I handed my card over to pay for the beer. I sign the receipt, walk outside, and the bike is gone. So, in the span of 60 seconds or so, someone walked up to the bike in broad daylight, probably hopped on it, and rode away. Amazing, and gutsy, especially considering that the cops were out in force all of a block away on Virginia St, doing crosswalk enforcement.

I ended up replacing the bike with a Dawes SST from Bikes Direct that someone happened to be selling in South Lake for $300 - they'd apparently owned it a week and decided it wasn't for them. Fits a bit better since it's a 54 cm, but I miss the track geometry, and it's slightly heavier . . . I'm thinking I'll probably stick with the standard drop bars and factory seat for the time being.

So, that's the second bike I've had stolen . . . you'd think I'd have learned after the first . . . "Fool me once, shame on you . . . fool me twice, shame on me". Bleh.