Life in the Big City

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWHY: F**k! It was my fault. I was in a hurry and I didn’t park where I normally do. I put a small lock on it. Shit, they snipped it.  It was Holiday time, people look for an easy target. I know better. But, I was in a hurry and it was only for an hour. Sigh.

JUSTIFYING: It was 20 years old. The gears were slipping. It was heavy to lift. I would have needed a new one, at some point. Damn! Well, I hope someone can use it – if they needed it that badly.

GAMEPLAN: I’ll buy one of the rentals from my local shop. Oh, crap there are only two choices in Women’s — let me try them. #1 — NO WAY, slipping, strange build, uncomfortable, beat up. #2 — PHENOMENAL, comfortable, light, way too nice, much more expensive. Argh! You really don’t have anything else? Let me try the Men’s. Yes, I am that short, not much I can do about it.

WHEEL AND DEAL: Let me make you an offer, I have cash right now. Can you throw that into the deal? You can? Fabulous. I’ll take it.

1ST DAY: Is it going to rain? I don’t want to get it wet — it is so clean. Holy Cow, it is so light to lift up the stairs. God, it rides like a dream. I think I am going faster. So easy to make changes. Lovely.

VIGILANT: I paid for this space, who’s the asshole who keeps not closing the door fully? Where’s the key to that third lock. These locks are heavy in my bag. If that damn thing gets stolen – I’ll hit the roof.


Photo by Colin Talcroft


20 Comments on “Life in the Big City”

  1. Pelelotus says:

    A huge pain in the arse!

    • dievca says:

      It was and it wasn’t….annoying more than anything. I did end up with a much better bike – 20 years makes a difference in design. It’s just a bit TOO nice.

  2. BoPeep says:

    When it’s your main mode of transportation too. I’m so sorry, but it sounds like the upgrade is making your life a little nicer!

    • dievca says:

      Ah, I can always walk. Still good exercise, biking is just faster. The frame alloy is so much lighter — shimano parts. A little more like my road bike. I’m just hyper aware of it getting stolen. Sigh~

  3. mrmodigliani says:

    Would so like to see you in a pretty dress and four inch heels riding a bike in NY

  4. Glad you made the move, forced though it may be, you don’t seem to regret it. Change is hard. Change is good. Curious about what he agreed to thrown in to seal the deal??? Bicycle bell? Saddle bag or back rack for carrying “Stuff”? Better seat (maybe one with a leopard print or some fringe? Those cute little streaming pom pon things from the handlebars? Pedal clips?

    • dievca says:

      Hmmm — leopard print would have been fabulous! And remember our “Big Wheels” with the great handlebar streamers? I had a banana seat on my first two wheeler. Green!

      The deal was sealed with a gel seat for my delicate ASSets. 😀

  5. hispetitelle says:

    As glad as I am that you got a new bike, it still sucks that you had to part with your old one in such a way. Enjoy it and stop saying that it’s too nice. You deserve nice.

    • dievca says:

      Thank you, Elle. XO
      I just have to worry more now because it is nice — much more attractive to people who need bikes for $. Just takes some extra time to lock it up properly.

  6. All’s well that ends well! So now you’re upgraded 🙂

    • dievca says:

      XO — Lia, I have managed to get bikes stolen in various locations: Amsterdam (!?!? Now, that is a surprise, huh? Museumplaats), the Midwest (out of a garage), University (took the bike and the sign to which it was attached), now NYC. Sigh. Let’s hope I haven’t upgraded too much….

  7. jackiemallon says:

    My husband had his stolen once outside NYU. He spotted it six months later and stole it right back. A cop was passing and caught him in the act but he kept right on cutting at the lock until he had freed it telling the cop he was only stealing back HIS bike. The cop walked on and left him to it. Life in the big city indeed 🙂

    • dievca says:

      That is absolutely fabulous! Hurrah for him! Honestly, this new bike is so nice that I don’t really want the old one back. I would be pissed if I saw it though…and more pissed if this one gets stolen. XO

  8. I hear your pain..I lost my bike outside a toy shop in Sept..had to bite the bullet and get a new one, but went the other way..went for looks (typical) – it’s not the lightweight racer I had..but I do rather love it.. xxx

    • dievca says:

      Oh, No! In front of a toy store – how dare they? That’s a Grinch move.
      Do you have the streamers on the handlebars and white wall tires? Bell? Sleek paint job? GET YOUR LOCK!
      Mine’s a commuter hybrid (that’s what they called it) that looks almost new. (until I kill it in the rain…) XO

  9. Some years ago I had my bike stolen from inside the building at work (it was chained to a radiator). The police officer who interviewed me about it actually scolded me for bringing it to work and asked me why I had done such a thing! I replied that it was how I got there – but she still went on to tell me it would be safer to leave it at home!


    • dievca says:

      Isn’t the point of the bike to reduce traffic, be healthy and an inexpensive commute? Leaving it at home defeats those three purposes. Crazy. She was someone who was just never going to get the biking as a healthy commute.
      I am sorry for the bike loss — it sounds like someone at your work knew where you kept locking the bike and came with a plan and tools. Or they were pissed you were storing it inside the building and made a statement. Bummer, both ways.


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