I had my 2006 Trek 3700 stolen from my apartment today. I reported it to the police and should be getting at least a small amount of money from renter's insurance. It was locked with a Kryptonite combination cable lock to my front porch. They did not cut the rails of the porch, and the lock was not there anymore. My conclusion is that either they figured out the combination somehow or cut the lock. I use my bike to commute to work (about 15 min. bike ride on a community bike path), so I need to replace it ASAP. I'm trying to weigh a few factors:
I don't want to spend too much money on it, for a couple reasons:
- I don't want to attract more thieves when I have to lock it up, though I'll try to bring it inside more and get a better lock.
- My bike that I paid $270 for in 2006 has served me just fine.
I'm not comfortable buying a used bike.
My previous bike was very heavy, and I live on the second floor, so a lighter weight bike would enable me to store in my apartment (and at my office) rather than locking it up on the porch or bike racks at work. I realize this would probably cost more, though, and contradicts the "avoiding theft" when I do have to lock it up to meet people elsewhere.
While a lighter bike would allow me to keep it safer from theft, I did prefer the mountain bike style of not having drop handles, and I like the shock absorption of all the potholes we get on the east coast, and mountain bikes (or even hybrid bikes) are heavier.
Are there any lighter weight mid-price-range hybrid bikes that you could recommend? Or something else that balances my above concerns?