So this weekend I went to the city police auction to try and get a cheap bike. My Finnish friend came with me and gave me a crash course in Swedish numbers on the bus ride there. Many bicycles were parked in a lot and you had 1 hour to walk around making note of the bike(s) you wanted to bid on. They were numbered and you were suppose to remember the numbers you were interested in to later bid on the number. I had already decided my new strategy for maintaining a bike for a prolonged time period would be to buy a rusty children's bike. Who would steal that? So, I found a little boys bike and hoped no one else would bid on it.
|Auctioneer in high-heeled boots using a gavel to point to people as they bid|
My Finnish friend won a bid for 500 krona ($78) and she happily took off on her "new" bike as I got back on the bus lamenting my misfortune and wishing for a bike. Another friend had told me of a bike shop not too far from my house so I decided to check it out. My day turned around at this point and I met a very nice Middle-Eastern man (who may also have gotten his bikes from the auction) who showed me the perfect bike. It is a girls bike complete with stickers and plenty of rusty. I don't think any thieves will want this one, or at least I hope not. I also talked him down to selling it to me for 300 krona ($46)!
|My "new" bike!|
|Rusty with stickers - perfect:)|
|New sturdy u-lock to, hopefully, help me keep this bike for a while|
|Fat wheels to get me safely through the winter|