Not the thread I want to start, but everyone should take note. Location:
Riverside Drive coming south at Grants Tomb. This morning, around 6 am, I
was grabbed by three young men (late teens?), two of whom took my bike and
one of whom held me down while the bike was put in a car. When it happened,
I had stopped for water and was straddling the bike, out of my pedals. I was
pushed down to the ground where I stayed until I was sure they were gone. I
did not see the car. They threatened me but never showed a weapon. It took
about 15 seconds total, I think. I accepted a ride from a motorist to the
nearest precinct on W 126. Apparently there have been other thefts/assaults
there, on solo cyclists who have stopped, or by the introduction of
marbles/ball bearings that cause a rider to stop.
I am bruised but unhurt. We all love our bikes, but it is a fully
replaceable item. I do want to say that I am truly, truly touched by the
kind words of NYCC members who have heard about this. I won't be riding but
will be in the Berkshires this weekend and look forward to saying 'thank
you' in person.
REPORT THEFTS. If there is a pattern, the police need to know - and
insurance companies require police reports.
Don't let these jerks get away with it. It was light, and I was not the only
person out there - but it took only seconds.
See you on the roads.
Giant OCR, composite frame, grey with red trim, red seat bag. Less than a
month old and only about 400 miles on the bike. TOGA decals.