STOP STEALING MY BIKE LIGHTS! Seriously. A few weeks ago while I was at the gym, my front light ran away. I replaced it but have been keeping it in my bag, only attaching it at night while riding, which is a total pain. Since the back light was still there I assumed it was uninteresting to potential thieves... wrong. Just last week I was leaving the gym, and when I went to turn it on it wasn't there.
This made me think about a very interesting social phenomenon: what an object means to me vs. what the same object means to you. For instance, my bicycle lights to a thief are probably a thrill, a fun toy, maybe something they can resell for $10? To me they are my safety, what keeps me visible, the difference between getting home in one piece and being roadkill. I don't ride for pleasure (though it is often pleasant), or for sport, I ride for transportation. Would you steal the bulbs out of a car's headlights? Cause that's what whoever keeps doing this is doing to me.
Obviously, I don't plan on leaving my lights on my bike while it's parked anymore. But I'm curious if my readers have experienced similar incidents: have you ever had anything stolen off of your bicycle? What are your habits as far as leaving accessories (lights, bells, seat, tool bags, water bottles...) attached while you're in a store, at the gym, at work?