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My bike was stolen a couple of weeks ago from Davis Square. I rode my bike to work and locked it up outside and when I left work it was no where to be found. It was so sad and ruined my week.
I didn’t get a new bike right away because I was holding out to see if I the police could find it (since I reported my stolen bike) or if I could find someone on the street riding it. I would have tackled the person if I saw my bike. Every time I saw a bike that looked remotely like mine, I’d say, “Is that my bike?”
After a couple of weeks I couldn’t wait any longer and realized I will probably never see that bike again. I only had it for 3 days and rode it two times. It was quite sad that I barely knew that bike – a used bright red specialized hybrid – a beauty.
I decided I would suck it up and get a new bike. I went to Bicycle Exchange in Porter Square Cambridge, MA. The people in there were super helpful and very nice. I was able to find a new bike and it was a brand new bike not used this time.
I rode the bike to work today and I brought it upstairs to my office. There is no way I am going to make the mistake twice and leave it outside for bike thieves to try and take my new shiny forest green bike. The bike rides really well and the gears shift beautifully. The other bike had some trouble with the 5th and 6th gear.
Anyway, I am now a proud owner of a new shiny bike and I am going to keep a very close eye on it so it won’t be stolen from me.
I am excited to ride to work and to go on long bike rides on the weekend. It is going to be awesome – yipppppeeee!!!!!
Spring time is upon Boston and hopefully this warmer weather will stick around!
For the past year, I have been talking about getting a new bike since I grew out of my old bike (from high school) and I was looking for a road bike rather than a mountain bike. I have the luxury of being right on the Minuteman Bike Trail in Arlington. I have been running on the trail, but it is an excellent bike trail without crazy traffic. Jacob and I rented from a bike shop that was right on the trail and it was a very pleasant experience. However, the bikes that I rented didn’t fit me well and I just wanted to go whenever and where ever I wanted to go. I really want to check out the Arboretum in Jamaica Plains.
This past weekend, we were determined to get bikes so we can go on long rides and commute to work to save on gas. We called upon our friends, Morgan and Tara, who are avid bikers, to help us pick out bikes. We all went to a shop in Jamaica Plains called, Bike Not Bombs (http://www.bikesnotbombs.org/) or BNB. BNB is a non profit org which promotes bicycle technology as a concrete alternative to war and environmental destruction. They recycle bike parts and create community empowerment both in lower income neighborhoods of Boston and in the nations of the Global South. BNB’s programs involve young people and adults in mutually respectful leadership development and environmental stewardship, while recycling thousands of bicycles.
The shop is really unique and there are a ton of interesting refurbished bikes. I was so excited that I got a bike that was not too expensive because I am not a pro biker or anything. I just need a bike that functions and that will maybe spur me into becoming a better biker and going on longer rides and (maybe, maybe) races (who knows if this will happen). I am so happy that I finally decided to get a bike and stopped procrastinating!
Here’s to BIKES not BOMBs!