Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to 2016, and I'm happy that 2015 is gone away. And don't let the door hit it in the butt on the way out.
Here in Salt Lake City, Utah, there is a major bicycle theft problem. Various media outlets and vigilantes have tried to take it upon themselves to figure out how and why, and what to do about it, but for now, suffice it to say, for a bicycle friendly city, we have got a terrible, terrible theft rate.
Unfortunately, my wife, Amanda, fell victim this last year, having her relatively new Fuji Crosstown stolen right from our gated parking lot while we were out of town. My old Trek 820 is getting so old and undesirable looking that they didn't bother to take it. (How rude!) It was right after she had taken it in to the shop for a tune up, and added a cute basket and numerous accessories. Experiencing theft is always such a feeling of dis-empowerment. You just feel so violated, and angry.
But, on the plus side, it made my Christmas shopping really easy this year! The current Crosstown models for women have gone much more in the direction of beach cruisers, so I opted for the Fuji Traverse 1.5 from Performance Bicycle, which is kind of a hybrid style great for the kind of multi-use that we enjoy, be it commuting, touring, or just going on a lazy joy ride. So far, my wife is loving it!