Since my Raleigh was stolen a couple of weeks ago, I have this pent-up energy and need to ride a bike again. It’s quite awful; it’s a feeling of freedom lost once known. I liken it to being a wild bird trapped in a cage. But bike shopping is by far the worst! Now that I know more about bikes, I can’t just walk into a bike shop and say, “I’ll take that one!” Oh, no. Instead, I’ve done online research, narrowed it down to “needing” certain accessories on my bike and a style that very few of my bike shops within a 35-mile radius carry. I know since I’ve visited about 15 bikes shops within that range and can’t find THE ONE. I also have a set budget, limiting my options, but it’s high enough to satisfy my “need.”

The truth is, after all this searching, and still not having a bike yet, I’d just rather have my Raleigh back. I was perfectly happy riding it, wasn’t thinking of “upgrading” anytime soon, and it met my need. The problem now is that I just don’t want to replace it with a newer version of the same bike. I feel that the insurance money I received really should be applied to what I’ve researched and I want to use my increased knowledge of bikes to get exactly what I want.

So, the hunt continues. I search Craigslist for smokin’ deals, hoping to either see my stolen Raleigh (not a chance!), or luck out and find just the bike I want. I even visited a re-used cycle garage sale hoping to come across something (okay, my Raleigh), but couldn’t find any bikes for me. Of course, the owner of this “mobile shop” kept telling me he just sold exactly bike I’m searching for the other day. Great! String me along why don’t you!

Mr. LH has been quite the sport. Schlepping across town, asking questions about the online bikes we found, giving me a yay or nay on certain models. He’s even mentioned that he doesn’t want me to “settle” just because I’m sick and tired of shopping knowing I’m really close to saying, “Fine, I’ll take that one!”

But not quite yet. So the search continues……

I just hope I have my bike in time for CicLAvia October 7th!

Have you ever had something stolen, broken, or gone missing that had to be replaced? Did you just wish you had the old object back?

**UPDATE: I purchased a bike and will have it this week!  Very close to exactly what I wanted and a beauty. Will share soon!**


  1. Christian L. Reply

    Ugh, what pain to have your bike stolen. It’s more than just a bike. It’s recreation, exercise, transportation, an escape, etc. Sorry to hear that!

    I’ve been fortunate enough to not have much stolen. Once somebody stole my $1 sunglasses from my car. Earbuds and a wireless mouse are also on the list of things lost/stolen. Best of luck your bike search!

    -Christian L. @ Smart Military Money

    • @Christian – Yes, a complete pain. Thankfully, I found a bike yesterday (after I wrote this post) and ordered it. We counted that we visited 26 bike stores!

  2. Lance @ Money Life and More Reply

    I’ve been pretty lucky and never had anything stolen but I’d probably replace it pretty quick if it was used as much as you seem to use your bike.

  3. krantcents Reply

    Have considered buying a used bike on Craigslist or the like?

    • @Krantcents – I’ve scoured Craigslist and couldn’t find what I wanted. But, I did finally find a bike and purchased one. 🙂

  4. Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter Reply

    What a pain. I am so sorry this happened to you. The things that have been stolen from me I haven’t missed too much but I have lost a couple items that I have missed. It really sucks when you can’t find one that “fits” quite as well as the old. Eventually though we adjust.

    • @Miss T- I sometimes lose things too, but as long as they are little things, life goes on. However, my bike is another story. I really do use my bike for transportation a few days a week and it’s been sorely missed. Thankfully, I’m picking up a new one tomorrow. 🙂

  5. Paula @ Afford Anything Reply

    Sorry to hear about your stolen bike. My friend’s bike got stolen about two weeks after she put $400 of repairs into it …

    • @Paula – Bike theft is up in most cities. More people riding, more people making money off stolen bikes. I have a new plan for where I’m storing my bike and no one will be able to see it or get to it while it’s patiently waiting in the garage. I’ll just be sweating bullets when I go somewhere and have to lock it up outside! It’s really very nice – a definite draw back to getting a nicer bike. 😉

  6. Barbara Friedberg Reply

    So sorry about the bike!!! My first adult bike was a raleigh. I didn’t know they still made them.

    • @Barb – Thanks for the comment. Raleigh’s are still great bikes and very popular. Thankfully, insurance covered my bike and I purchased a new one.

  7. Glad you found a bike you liked. I know what you mean about just wanting the old object back — that’s how I felt when my car was damaged. (Luckily, we were able to get it repaired and now it runs better than it did before. Although for a while there I was afraid it couldn’t be fixed.)

  8. I hate having things get stolen. It’s not that I’m overly focused on *stuff*, I just hate having the trouble of replacing the things I like! I am sorry to hear about your bike, and can’t wait to see the pictures of your new ride.

  9. Sorry to hear that your bike was “bikenap”. My water-proof digital camera was dropped down in the river 2 years ago. It is the only camera we have so I need to buy a new one, a better DSLR camera.

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