But Daly awoke to a 6 AM phone call from his landlord on Saturday morning: someone had hopped the fence, cut the padlock on his chain-link door and made off with $1,300 worth of bikes and tools. The stolen cutsomers' bikes are an Iron Horse and a Novara. Though Daly has insurance, he says he's not going to try and get them to cover the damage. "I was in a spot that was locked up with a padlock. If I have an insurance person come out, they're just going to laugh in my face and raise my premium," he says.
Daly might not need to get insurance involved. Since friends heard about the break in Saturday morning, Daly has received almost $1,000 in donations to get back in business, including an anonymous donation of tools. "My primary negative emotion that I feel right now is guilt, because everyone's been so great. I'm lucky, I'm so lucky," says Daly. Once he gets back on his feet, Daly will make one major change to his business: moving inside a building.
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