How do you keep your bike from being stolen?
Ever had a bike stolen? Its dis-empowering, brutal, and can be frightening.
On November 19th, 6:30 – 7:30pm, we’re offering a workshop on bike theft prevention, and different locking systems. Attendees of the workshop will have 10% off on locks, lights,and safety gear.
Hi, my name is Tyler, and I’m a mechanic/mountain biker/bike-tourist from Victoria. In September of 2011, I was in Budapest Hungary, just beginning a four month solo bike trip into the surrounding countryside.
I was riding slowly through a crowded touristy area downtown on a beautiful sunny day, with my bike and saddle bags. Around me where people speaking more languages than I could recognize; French, Italian, Serbian, English, Romanian, Russian? Who knows! It was a pretty awesome spectacle. Checking out the crowds ahead of me however, I noticed a bottle-neck area where the crowd was forced to walk into a tight location next to a fence and a building. In amongst the crowd, I noticed three figures, standing, and staring at me.
Over the crowd, I could hear their voices, Hungarian. They were local. As I neared their location, I watched one of them move across from the other two, his eyes still on me. I recognized the situation, Ive heard of it before: One individual distracts an individual, while someone else, from behind, rifles through their bag. Within a breath of my own recognition, my intuition took over, my body changed direction, and I headed for another place. Scary, but luckily, just a close call. As a cycle-tourist and world traveler, Ive been in a variety of hairy situations.
Members are freeeee! $5 admission for general public.