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Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

R.I.P. Giant FCR3

This week, I started a new gig at a new office in downtown Denver. On the first day, I was disappointed to find our building doesn't allow bikes inside. The next day, I went out and bought a new lock. Today, I walked out for the ride home to discover my bike had been stolen. :'(

At first I was shocked, then pissed, and then I noticed my lock was still there. This means, 1) I didn't wrap it around a tube or 2) someone cracked the lock and re-locked it. Of course, I find it hard to believe after all these years that I'd miss the tube when locking my bike. However, it'd be pretty strange if someone stole it and then went through the trouble to lock the lock again. Regardless, the awesome commuter I bought over 3 years ago is gone. You will be missed my friend.

New Commuter - Giant FCR3

Rather than buying a new one, I think it's a good opportunity to take things up a notch and start running to work instead. It's 6 miles and surely doable with some practice. There's also a good chance it's the worst idea I've had in a long time.

Update: Running wasn't too bad.

Posted in General at Jan 08 2009, 09:08:37 PM MST 9 Comments

Sorry for your bike, i really do. I have a CRS 2 - at least that is its name in France. When I was in the shop i tried the crs3. This is a much better bike than the 3. I Have a lot of fun with it.... When it's not freezing of course :-)

I suggest you to buy a crs2. .... And buy a U lock ;-)

Posted by gabriel K. on January 09, 2009 at 12:24 AM MST #

What does the key for the lock look like? If it's like the common key used for laptop locks (cylindrical), then it can easily be unlocked without the key, using a bic pen.

See here; or here;

If someone sold you such a lock, you should demand compensation.

Posted by Torgeir on January 09, 2009 at 02:07 AM MST #

Think of all that knee-jarring. Also, after a 6 mile run you'll surely need a shower; I'm guessing that if they don't provide secure parking for bikes, they don't provide showers for staff either.

I get the impression you really enjoy cycling. Three years of use isn't too bad. I suggest you treat yourself to a (not too shiny) new bike.

Posted by David on January 09, 2009 at 07:39 AM MST #

Craigslist Matt - lot's of good bikes there these days.

Posted by Tony on January 09, 2009 at 08:24 AM MST #

@Torgeir - it's a keyless lock. I bought a KryptoLok Combo. I do have another Kryptonite lock, but lost the key for it. If someone knew how to reset the combination on the KryptoLok Combo (and had the 'key' to do it), it's highly likely they could've unlocked it that way.

Posted by Matt Raible on January 09, 2009 at 08:57 AM MST #

Let me know if you get your running game on and we can do some trail running. Maybe the Pikes Peak Ascent, even???

Posted by on January 09, 2009 at 10:52 AM MST #

@David re: the shower

You'll have to work with Matt sometime. Showers after morning workouts, for all of us that work together, usually turn out to be something that happens only if we're dealing with a client.

Posted by Bryan on January 09, 2009 at 11:23 AM MST #

Buy a folding bike, then store it under/by your desk if your company doesn't provide secure cycle storage. If space is limited I'd go for a Brompton, otherwise a Dahon. Advantage is that it works well with other forms of transport (bike, bus, train etc).

Posted by Tim Holmes on January 12, 2009 at 04:40 AM MST #

when i was a kid i stashed my bike in a local "short cut" on the way to school and was enraged to find that it was gone on my way home. so as i walked down the street, i saw it laying in someones front yard.

picked it up, turned back to my normal color, and rode home.

it was awesome. :)

Posted by Levi on March 06, 2010 at 02:53 PM MST #

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