Alex Cruse (left) and Zanna Furness (wearing a disco ball helmet) mark the bike reunion with a hug. Image from Nicole Southwell.
Seattle has a new hero, and her name is Alex Cruse.
Alex was in a car in Wallingford with her fiance and soon-to-be father-in-law when she spotted an orange and white All-City Macho Man bike near an apparent homeless encampment just off Northlake Way.
Amazingly, she remembered seeing the bike listed on Bike Index, an online registry service where people can list stolen bikes (Seattle Bike Blog partners with Bike Index via our Stolen Bikes page).
You see, Alex used to work downtown and often saw shady bike exchanges on the street. So being a real life super hero, she naturally started browsing Bike Index regularly just in case she spotted someone’s ride in the wrong hands. And Sunday, it finally happened.
But that’s not all. After convincing her fiancé Nicole and Nicole’s father they should turn around and park across the street from the bike, she pulled the listing back up on her phone and confirmed that the bike she saw was a match.
“I was all fired up because I finally saw one of these bikes and I can help out,” she said.
Then Alex walked right over to the bike, which was sitting near a group of men, and bravely lied to them: “This is my roommate’s bike. It was stolen a couple days ago. I’m not gonna give you guys any trouble, but we’re out of here with the bike.”
She said one of the guys got up and left, while the rest of them tried to play it off like, “oh, it just showed up, we swear.”
She didn’t stick around to chat more. With the bike in her possession and nobody seeming interested in stopping her, she loaded it into the car and they drove away. En route home, they passed a big bike parade of about 30 people all dressed up in costumes. Oh, Seattle, don’t ever change. Continue reading