I went sailing today with my aunt and uncle. I took my bike down on the dock and locked it to the railing with an Onguad bulldog U Lock through the frame and front wheel. I came back 30 minutes later to find my water bottle floating in the water, and my bike gone. So it's nice to know that someone most like knew the combination to the gate, got the bike, and got away. This was my dad's bike for 25, and mine for a few months, and now it's some scumbags'. I was really attached to it , my first road bike and the bike that got me addicted to cycling. I went from riding 5-8 miles a few days a week (and being tired and sore), to doing 30 miles a day (and passing almost everyone). It was my 35lb tank.
My uncle has given me his old Trek (I can't identify the model yet, I will take pics soon). It's just to continue my daily rides. (He understands the addiction, hes a runner).
It's easily under 20lbs, 700c wheels, lugged steel, 12spd. It has a shimano alivio rear derailleur, suntour downtube shifters, suntor front derailleur, and a Sakae crank(?). It needs some work, but it's not really my bike to play around or upgrade things. I have to figure out how to adjust the downtube shifters, the derailleurs, and figure out why the crank has a skipping like jolt to it on hard torque, or it likes to screw up if i pedal backwards a bit. When I did hammer it, I saw my shadow lurch 5 inches forward on each turn. I guess that's the difference between a 40lb bike and a 20lb bike.
RIP Varsity. Anyone in Chicago see a 1976 candy lime green Varsity with alloy wheels, please let me know if you spot it.