I’ve had the worst luck losing stuff lately – and the best luck finding it again. Last Wednesday, I arrived at work and went to lock my bike as usual. I reached for my u-lock…
…but instead of hanging on the rack as shown above, the lock was simply gone. Yeesh! I reasoned that the lock must have popped off the rack at some point during my commute and wheeled the bike into my office for safe-keeping. On my way home that evening, I stopped at J.C. Lind Bike Shop for a new lock. I needed one ASAP, since I was meeting my friend Sara for dinner and a movie, and I’ve been wanting to upgrade to an Abus chain lock.
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. :-)