A Boy and His (Stolen) Bike

We know a stolen bicycle isn’t big news in the big city, and judging by reader reaction to a post we once put up about some cats that were lost and in need of meds in Allentown, we were reluctant to post this plea.  But come on, 17 years with the same bike?  That’s a long time.

And thievery, especially where it concerns someone’s dedication to bicycling, thus reducing their carbon footprint, plainly pisses us off.  Plus, wouldn’t it feel good to spot this bike and be the one who helped get it back to its rightful owner?  
So here goes: BR reader, David Moon, had his bike-friend stolen from Gill Alley.  ”I’ve had it for 17 years,” Moon says, “and it has been a really big part of my life.  And I will never be able to replace it.”  So big a part, in fact, that Moon is offering a $200 reward.  Moon also says he’s never seen a bike quite like his.
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He’s already registered it with the Stolen Bicycle Registry, a good tool for those who don’t already know about it.  (PSA value.)
Judging from the many pictures Moon sent, this bike truly is more than a bike to him.  So, keep your eye out for it, and email him if you see it; you may end up $200 richer in the bargain.
Note: Moon says the cables have been changed to black since the top photo was taken, and that the speedometer is no longer on the handlebars.

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12 comments
David
David

Thanks again to Buffalo Rising for publishing my story. So many other people can relate to what I am going though, including the other three people who lost their bikes from the same garage. It is really quite remarkable to me that we can mourn the loss of an object not just the loss of a loved one or pet. My insurance company will give me some money for my loss but I will never feel the same on another bike. My bike was almost an extension of myself. It was also something I felt helped me blend into the community more rather than attracting attention to myself with a flashy new bike.

If my bike is not found, I will of course move on, but I hope that everyone is at least made aware of how common this problem is, the steps you can take to avoid it and the steps that you can take to make recovery more likely. I may be a fool for not writing down the serial number, but in reality it just never occurred to me. Remember also that bicycles should always be locked to something if they are in a shared space as mine was. It only takes one careless moment of leaving the door open and your possessions can be gone forever. In retrospect, I would have carried my bicycle up to my second floor apartment each and every time I came home instead of leaving it in the shared garage that had no place for me to secure it.

I'm hoping that I can soon share with all of you some great news!

Elena Cala Buscarino
Elena Cala Buscarino

It opened a forum and put out a general PSA about the registry site within the context of the specific case of one stolen bicycle.

Furthermore, I never had a problem with the kid next to me eating his own lint-laden pocket gumdrops.

And that "whole class" thing. With the exception of a birthday, how many teachers ever really honored that statement?

Moon is confident he'll find his bike and will let us know...

invisiblestreet
invisiblestreet

This is why, as a news-reporting website, you cannot go about reporting the stealing of one person's bicycle: it ends up enciting the age-old "did you bring enough for the whole class?" domino effect.

If you wish to be of actual help, then perhaps you could set up an entire section devoted to awareness of recently stolen items.

nick at nite
nick at nite

"Check the basement in the Alamo" - best ever!

dgoshilla
dgoshilla

Make sure you keep it locked(front wheel and frame) no matter where it is(even behind a gate in your backyard and try to avoid Normandie/Pico(where my wheel was stolen). The increase in bike theft has been taking place around the South Bay apparently.

similitude
similitude

My daughter's bike was stolen from behind our house in May. The Police told me that I would need to stop by the station to file a report because they don't send patrol cars for petty robberies anymore. It wasn't until I called the Mayor's hotline with that information that I finally had the police stop by to "investigate".

biniszkiewicz
biniszkiewicz

Had my bike stolen as a kid by some ahole teenagers hanging around the supermarket. It totally sucks to have your bike stolen (and then have to go explain it to your parents).

Elfie
Elfie

My 2 bikes were stolen 2 years ago out of my garage in the city around Elmwood & Forest during the day.

I see my one bike - redone - all the time since the last month.

DMZ
DMZ

Check the basement in the Alamo

PaulBuffalo
PaulBuffalo

Great. I recently restored my 1977 Schwinn LeTour II and have been riding around the Santa Monica beach area. Damned vandals.

dgoshilla
dgoshilla

Here in LA bike theft has skyrocketed. We had someone in our backyard a few months back take a beautiful Bianchi. A few weeks ago in the middle of the day with my bike parked in front of the store I was in(locked up) someone stole my front tire. In short I feel for you.

cool
cool

I had my bikes stolen 9-28-09 off Livingston Ally in my fenced in area...and I am also very upset!

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