bike theft


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Well, I’m sad to report that lightning apparently does strike twice. The wheels off of my Hunter track bike were stolen this afternoon while I was at Pedalfest in Oakland. Be on the lookout for a wheelset with black Sun Mistral rims laced to silver low-flange Phil Wood hubs. Radial lacing in the front (28h), 32h in the rear. The rims are rare and made in the U.S. Looks like I’ll be going back to Laney College tomorrow to hunt them down.

Anyone want me to look for anything? I might as well help other people recover missing goods while I’m making the rounds in the morning. And it seems that my new calling apparently is “Bike Thief Detective”, although it’s doubly sad when I’m working on my own case.

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Here’s an update on where things stand with my friend Justin’s stolen track bike. We’ve lined up the assistance of Portland Police Officer Joe Santos, who’s also a cyclist, by way of introductions made via of Kenji Sugahara and Lyne Lamoureux.

Jens Voigt’s Army saw the bike yesterday afternoon: “FYI, one of my teammates spotted the bike @ Saraveza in North PDX. Went to get a lock to keep it there but it was gone.” So we know it’s still in the area and the buyer is perhaps unaware that it’s stolen. If you do see this bike on the streets, be sure to explain to the individual that the bike is stolen and that there are dual police reports filed in San Francisco and Portland.

Thanks to Jonathan Maus of Bike Portland and everyone else who has been spreading the word for us. Justin is super appreciative of your efforts and can’t thank you enough.

And lastly, if the original seller who posted the track bike on craigslist is reading this, you’re a real jerk for not replying to Justin’s emails. We hope you look forward to cooperating with the police.

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