I am a new cyclist in Sydney, I just arrived in February to complete my Masters in Sustainable Development in UNSW.
One the first things I did when I landed, it was to get myself a bicycle to move around so I did.. Unfortunately, last Saturday when I was coming back home from the library I stopped at Westfield in Bondi Junction to buy some groceries at woolys. Within 10min that took to buy the stuff.. my bike was gone!! I could not believe it. It was locked with a kryptonite flexible key lock in Oxford St, in front of the Eastern pub where all the bicycle racks are. The time was 3:30pm, so it was full of people around.
I want to warn you all of not locking your bike in that place unless you got a good u-lock and remove your wheels to make it more difficult to steal. I have been asking around and more people have got their bikes stolen in the same place.
I reported it to the police and westfield security, also asked around the pawn shops in Bondi Junction, other than that I do not know what to do.. I will really appreciate any suggestions or help upon this issue. My bike was a new 2010 model of Merida Matts TFS XC 100, black with white fork and flames and little green details (attached photo). I have not seen other bike like mine so far.. so if anyone has seen one after last saturday I will deeply appreciate any info.
The worst thing it is that I cannot afford to buy a new one. Thus I would also appreciate any suggestion of where to buy a cheap used bicycle or an old one that needs to be fixed.. I used to ride it everyday to uni.