The author, reunited with her wheels.

How Far Would You Go to Get a Stolen Bike Back From a Thief? This Is How Far I Went.

The rack I’d chained my bicycle against three hours before was now bare. I moved closer at a panicked pace, hoping I’d only momentarily forgotten the exact location of my parking space.

“Excuse me, did you see someone take the bike that was here?” I frantically called out to a group of smokers, then a waiter, everyone potentially a suspect or source. A city full of eyes but no one had seen a thing. It was gone.

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