With the Davis 600k on the horizon, I didn’t want to ride too many miles the weekend before. (I’m not one of those randos that can do back-to-back 600k’s yet…and might never be!) So I chose two populaire-length permanents — one hilly and one flat — just to keep my fitness up.
When my mountain bike was stolen last July, it was recovered at Laney College’s weekend flea market. This was when I first learned that if you’re looking for a stolen bicycle, chances are it might pop up for sale among their vendors. It also spurred me to try and tackle this problem in the Bay Area, and now over a year later, I’ve acquired more knowledge about bike theft — and some supportive allies — during this time.
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.