security: B*ke vs Un*

I should add to the question of security and unicycles:

I live in NYC. I only owned a bikes from age 5 until I was 13. They were
always left at home (never on the street). I bought two (stolen) bikes
while living in Amsterdam for 6 weeks in 1989. Both were stolen (one, off
a train!). Then I started riding a second-hand bike to work about 6 years
ago, and that only lasted about 15 months. During that time, I had two
bikes stolen. I never stopped unicycling during these time and frequently
left my uni outside stores while shopping in the city. Only once did this
come back to haunt me.

Here is info for a graph for Bil Klaas:

Years leaving unis outside: 20+
Unis stolen: 1
Hot wheels: 1
Years leaving bikes (LOCKED!) outside: 2.5
Bikes stolen: 4 (not including the fact that the two Dutch bikes had
already been stolen when I bought them – a common practice in Amsterdam,
which is why the bikes cost $12)
Hot wheels: 8

So for bikes, 8 times more wheels were stolen in 1/8 the time.

I’m sticking with unicycles.

David

If you don’t like having bikes stolen, why are you suppprting bike theft by buying a stolen bike? I mean no harm, I’m just curious.

Andrew

Re: security: Bke vs Un

andrew_carter.dte9c@timelimit.unicyclist.com writes:
>
>> I bought two (stolen) bikes while living in Amsterdam for 6 weeks in
>> 1989
>
>If you don’t like having bikes stolen, why are you suppprting bike theft
>by buying a stolen bike? I mean no harm, I’m just curious.
>
>Andrew

Well, this was when I was in college – we all grow up. Back then, tho, my
philosophy (psilosophy, really, which sort of means bullshit philosophy)
was that we were all basically renting the bikes cheaply. In my case, the
rental came to about $2 a week. More annoying at the time was the loss of
my locks, which cost three times more than the bikes. Nowadays I would not
support bike theft.

David

Fair enough. “philosophy (psilosophy, really, which sort of means bullshit philosophy)” I’ve never heard of a psilosophy, that’s a handy one to know. Amsterdam seems like an interesting place, were you on a holiday there or working or something like that?

Andrew

Re: security: Bke vs Un

andrew_carter.dvr7m@timelimit.unicyclist.com writes:
>
>Fair enough. “philosophy (psilosophy, really, which sort of means
>bullshit philosophy)” I’ve never heard of a psilosophy, that’s a handy
>one to know. Amsterdam seems like an interesting place, were you on a
>holiday there or working or something like that?
>
>Andrew

Psilosophy is a real word describing the thinking of wannabe philosophers.
My brother John can tell us more about them; he was a philosophy major. I
was a psilosophy major, but we called it psychology back then.

Amsterdam was a long stop in a long vacation, sorta. I went to Europe for
5 months instead of my first Senior semester of college (still graduated
on time). I started out in Cannes, France, and then went to Copenhagen,
Denmark, and finally ended up in Amsterdam, Holland, each for 6 weeks.
There were scattered weeks in other countries as well.

Ride on!

David