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To the person who stole my bike...

A few days ago, I learned that my bike, together with that of my boyfriend, was stolen from an outdoor parking lot close to my condo. Imagining the planning that must have gone into the theft, it felt like a true invasion of privacy.

I've had things stolen in the past, and in an instant this brought me back to that same sickening feeling I had back then. I stood at the bike rack for what felt like several minutes in disbelief as questions flooded my mind. Who did this? When did it happen? Where are the bikes now? Were they sold? Why did I park here?

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love cycling, and had my road bike been stolen this would be a much more emotional blog. But, I had decided to park my mountain bike there knowing full well this was the risk. In fact, when I shared the news with my Facebook friends, I learned that several among them had very similar experiences, and some more than once.

What have we come to when theft such as this is just an eventuality?

If I could speak to the person who did this I would say - You have my bike, but you don't have the memories I made on so many great rides over the years. You'll never have that. I am sorry that you are in a place where you feel that you have to do this. I hope that you are able to make a better life for yourself and genuinely wish you the best.


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