One of the bicycles I’ve owned over the years.

1979-1983. A 27” ten-speed road bike. My first “decent” bike, used to and from school and university, for a brief introduction to road racing while in high school, and for several tours of the surrounding countryside. Stolen from UNSW while I was a student there, along with about twenty other bikes, by some thieves who cut the lock off the “secure” bike store and loaded every bike into a truck.

On reporting to the local police station and telling them that my bike was stolen the response was β€œSo what do you want us to do about it?” After insisting that something was written down, the police wrote out the details on the back of a brown-paper bag, I have no idea whether this was later filed, or tossed into the garbage the instant I walked out the door.