I'm a first time poster but a fairly irregular visitor to this site and I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this but I thought I'd post to say that my bike was stolen last night.
It was a Gitane Rocks T4.5 that I always kept on a landing outside my 2nd floor apartment, usually chained to my kids' two bikes, a scooter, and a stroller, but not to a fixed point as there was nowhere to attach the chain to in our rented flat. Last night however I absent-mindedly left it unlocked following an exhausting afternoon ride along the beach and woke up this morning to find my kids' bikes strewn all over the place and my bike gone.
It wasn't a particularly valuable bike, but was of immense sentimental value as it was a gift from my wife and kids a few years ago, so needless to say I'm pretty devastated and have been spewing that I forgot to lock it up for the first time ever.
The theft was immediately reported to the police, and I've visited local cycle shops and pawn-brokers just in case someone attempts to sell it on, but I don't hold out too much hope for it's return.
So I thought I'd issue a word of warning to anyone else that may think their bike is safe just because it's outside their apartment/house, behind a locked gate, and up a few flights of stairs; please make sure you lock it up as well as you can and look after it!
In the meantime, if anyone does come across someone attempting to off-load a red Gitane Rocks T4.5 I'd be grateful if you'd let me know via this forum.
Thanks for reading!