If you saw my post from the other day, you may have noticed something different about my LeTour.
Last week, I left it parked outside overnight, next to the candy store/newsstand on the corner. It’s a pretty visible corner, and people walk by it even in the wee-est hours of the morning.
But, apparently, someone keeps very different hours from theirs, or mine.
Last Friday morning, I went to the candy store and discovered that the LeTour had been turned into a unicycle.
I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised: the front wheel wasn’t locked. Also, it has a black hub with a nutted (non-quick release), black spokes and a black deep-V rim on which the sidewalls aren’t machined for brakes. So, perhaps, someone wanted it for a “stealth” bike—or to sell to someone who’ll use it for that purpose.
Fortunately, I wasn’t going to use the bike when I discovered the theft. I took a trip down to Recycle A Bicycle and asked them for the cheapest 700C front wheel they had. It’s actually decent: all name-brand components, if the lowest-level model of each. Heck, it even had a Velox rim tape in good condition.
So far, it’s working fine. For twenty bucks, I got a wheel that someone trued and tensioned with a hub that seemed to have been regreased. Good folks, they are, at Recycle A Bicycle.