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We picked up our recovered stolen bikes today and I feel like crap

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

We picked up our recovered stolen bikes today. Mine was filthy. I washed it only to find a bunch of scratches and dings. The seat bag with contents, handle bar end caps, water bottles and Garmin holder are gone. Thank goodness the Garmin computer was in the house.

M SO's bike didn't fare so well. The rack on the back of bike where the rechargeable battery is inserted is missing. It is a very CRUCIAL part of the e-assist system. (The e-assist system allowed my 82 year old SO to ride bikes with me. When he pedaled, he could "request" help at different power levels.) We hope the rack is replaceable even though it has been discontinued. Without this rack, the $2600+ bike is worthless as an e-assist bike. They didn't steal the rechargeable battery. Apparently they didn't see it because it was being recharged on the a nearby shelf. The front handle bar bag and back seat bag with contents are also gone. His Garmin holder is also gone.

I am so depressed about the whole thing. I know I should be grateful the bikes have been returned. I know it is only a physical thing and there are more important things in life but someone violated my space and my mind. They took something that belonged to me and abused it. My emotional health has sunk to a new low and I am having trouble getting on with my life. (I was fired from my job, my unemployment was denied which I am appealing but will probably lose, my bikes were stolen, I have no income, and my COBRA is very high. I am 61-1/2 years old and worried about finding employment.)

I went riding with some friends tonight. It was the first ride since getting my bike returned. The bike seems to be fine, I wish all the other sh*t in my life right now will turn out as well. I am so afraid of the future right now which is stupid. I can't predict the future, but I let it control me. No matter how hard I try and cannot seem to quit doing that. I will look to SparkFriends for help and guidance. I know you are here for me.

PS: My profile picture seems so bogus to me. It was taken before I was fired and the bikes were stolen. I think I actually felt good then. I think I will change the photo sometime soon.
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  • 9CATMAN9
    Hi I'm Scott...Ive been cycling seriously all my life..raced, toured, and still at 61 its my favorite workout. I lived in Boston in the 70s and had the same bike stolen twice! Both times I got it back! Young kids in my neighborhood were cutting locks and riding away. First time I got it back for a case of beer! (did not know then it was kids) the second time...my 6'5" tall friend drove me up and fown streets in his black Corvette. I yelled
    "Stop!!" I saw my yellow racer at the end of a driveway! Kids 10-13 were cutting cables off ...I walked up took my bike and said "this is MY BIKE!" they all stepped back and said "Go ahead..take it!" I walked it out to the street where my friend was out of his Vette. He said " need any help?" I just said " Thanks...No" rode it home and it stayed inside from that time on! Its a sin to steal but I know how violated u feel. You were fortunate...most victims never see their stuff again...good luck! Scott
    1660 days ago
    I am sorry that your bikes were stolen. There are so many heartless people in our world. I wish that people would realize if it is not yours leave it alone. Buy your own stuff. We all work hard for what we have. I hope the e-assist bike can be fixed enough so that it can be used again.
    Life seems to be not in your favor at the moment but God doesn't close one door unless he has something better in store for you. Keep searching for a new job and I am sure it will be better than before.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    1660 days ago
    I am so sorry. that was terrible that they would steal something so important to an 82 year old. People are sometimes so cruel. You never know what is around the next bend in the river and it is like life. You never know what is around the next corner but I hope that you will have something good waiting there. Just keep on going and praying. I know it seems like all hope is lost and I know how you feel. Hubby has disability and I have not worked in years. Who would hire an overweight, 64 year old lady who has health issues?
    the best thing is to keep trying to find help and solutions. Do you have a food pantry there? We have to go every once in awhile and it really helps.
    1661 days ago
    I can understand your feeling violated. That is a VERY common symptom victims have when people steal their belongings. It IS a violation. I hope that you have someone in your real life who can help you to deal with this. I am hoping that things only go up, from here-on-in.

    BIG hugs,
    1661 days ago
    Very sorry to hear this. I had to check to see where you live, sure that it was my neighborhood. CA has had early release of thousands of inmates and crime has risen significantly. I hope you feel better soon. I understand very much where you're at. Wishing you better days.
    1661 days ago
    I have been there, it's hard to
    pick yourself up. But you got
    to try again. I will keep you in
    my prayers. Rose emoticon
    1661 days ago
  • LETHA_
    Oh my goodness. You are having a run of bad luck. I remember as a young woman living in a sketchy area I tried to brighten the neighborhood by digging a small flower bed in front of my duplex. I stepped inside for a glass of water and when I walk back out I realized my shovel had been stolen. It felt so personal and I was so hurt. It completely changed how I felt about where I lived. And it was not a great shovel.

    Nowadays, when I hit a rough patch I tell myself it will pass. Everything is temporary. The good stuff, the bad stuff and everything in between.

    Hang in there.
    1661 days ago
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