Since May is Bike Month, who better that our mechanic, James, to share a few words with the people of Chico News and Review regarding bike theft,
"Jim Vandewalle has worked as a bike mechanic for more than 30 years, a majority of that time at downtown’s Campus Bikes on Main Street. He is very familiar with the local bike culture, the good and the bad.
Why is Chico so vulnerable to bike theft?
“I think any college town is probably pretty fair game just because of the way college towns attract nice bicycles and thieves,” he said.
From what he’s observed and heard over the years, theft is more often a crime of chance rather than the lure of an expensive bike.
“It seems like mostly it’s a crime of opportunity,” Vandewalle said. “Most people who have nicer bikes also can afford a place to store them. Most bikes that are stolen, unfortunately, are the work-horse riders that some people use every day.”"
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