1. Geoffry
    November 12, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

    When my beloved VW camper van was stolen from outside my door in Cologne on December 31st, 1999, I decided to try doing without a car until my finances recovered (the van was not insured against theft, which I didn’t learn until I tried to apply for compensation).
    It has been nearly 12 years now, and I have never felt the need to replace it. My trusty Holland bike is impervious to rain and cold and can transport almost everything I need… it is only for those occasional trips to Ikea that I borrow my girlfriend’s car.

    • Andrew
      November 13, 2011 @ 2:09 pm

      That sucks that it got stolen, but good things often come from bad as you have shown. Nice to know we can live without cars. You have the benefit of a car you can borrow. I admit Ikea trips is pretty much the main time I miss being able to drive.

  2. Christy
    November 8, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    Awww, poor bike (and YOU)! I can totally understand when my stuffs get damaged 🙁
    Anyway, looking on the bright side, at least you won’t have to ride in the cold and you will be rewarded with a new and nice model of a bike? 🙂

    • Andrew
      November 9, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

      Thanks. Yeah, it sucks to have stuff like that damaged just because, though I should know better than to leave it in town. I would not have ridden in the winter to wok anyway, but it is nice to zip around the corner to the store. Oh well, you are right. I get to go buy a new one in the spring.

  3. Andrea
    November 6, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

    Such a shame!! Are you not allowed to leave it in your office? So many people in Europe seem to just leave them out in the rain – in Amsterdam the hired bikes that came with our apartment were so rusty!

    • Andrew
      November 7, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

      I could. There is a locked room for bikes, but I have never bothered to get a key for it.
      As for the rain thing, I imagine it has something to do with space. Space is at such a premium that to build a covered shed for bikes would be a “waste” of valuable real estate.