While at Jon’s shop, I also picked up a new Cat Eye front blinkie light. My old Cat Eye also popped off my bike a couple of days ago and shattered.
Am I the only one with stuff popping off my bike left and right? Maybe I need to secure stuff better, but part of the problem is the awful conditions of Chicago’s streets. Potholes galore. Well, would this … thing … pictured below even count as a pothole?
This has been there for years and I can never go around it because traffic’s always whizzing by on my left. Right next to this monstrosity is where I found my u-lock the next morning. A kind bicyclist, I assume, moved my lock from the street to the sidewalk – or maybe it really popped that far??
So now I am the proud owner of one bike lock too many, but I’m sure it will come in handy one day.
My u-lock is not the only thing that I lost and found that day. I also forgot my helmet under my chair at the restaurant where I met my friend for dinner. I didn’t realize I was missing my helmet until hours later, after a movie and drinks. By 11 p.m., the restaurant was dark. But as I unlocked my bike, the owner, who was about to drive away, popped out of his car and said, “You forgot your helmet, right?” He unlocked the restaurant, went in, and appeared a couple of minutes later with my helmet. Very kind of him!
Now let’s see if I can go a few weeks without losing anything else. :-)
A high-security bike lock is essential, but lugging around a heavy lock everywhere can be a hassle.
My Velorbis has a little detail that solves this problem: a hook that sticks out from the rear rack. This is the perfect storage spot for my u-lock. A rack clamp holds the lock in place and eliminates rattling.
Too bad this is not standard on all racks. With my other bikes, I never figured out a great solution for carrying my u-lock. I either throw the lock in my front basket or strap it to my rear rack with built-in bungies, but in both places the lock takes up valuable cargo space and rattles.
My huge Abus chain lock is actually more convenient to carry, because I can simply twist it around my front tube.
I’d love to know – how do you carry your bike lock? Have you worked out a clever solution? If so, please share with the rest of us!
D’oh! That’s what I said to myself as I went to lock my bike at work yesterday morning and realized that I forgot my u-lock at home in the garage. I scratched my head for a moment and then rolled Betty through the back door, up the elevator, and into my office, where she kept me company for the day.
If I were not able to bring Betty into my office, I don’t know what I would have done. It was too early to buy another lock from a bike shop, too risky to leave the bike unlocked outside, and too time-consuming to return home for the u-lock.
What would you do in this situation? Has this happened to anyone else? (I can’t be the only goof out there!)
The last time I visited your fair city, there was quite the uproar about parking meters being removed. “Where,” the cyclists fumed, “will we park our bikes?”
As a cyclist in a city without much bike parking, and few parking meters, I have had to make do many a time with the nearest solid (and sometimes not-so-solid) object. So I present to you a gallery of inspiration for your parking-meter-less future. Good luck!
Defunct public phone. Probably more rare than parking meters!