Remember how the biking gods turned against Seattle’s Riding Reporter a few weeks ago? First she got doored, then her cyclocross bike was stolen.
Well, things are looking up. A bike commuter and racer spotted her Redline Conquest parked in a suspicious spot at his workplace recently. Thinking that the bike might be lost or stolen, he took it home and posted to Craigslist.
I perused Craigslist and Ebay every day, twice a day but found nothing. Until Sunday evening that is. I was looking through the bike section on Craigslist when I saw a post about a “stolen or found Redline Conquest”. I immediately responded to the author of the post, and he asked me to describe it. After a few rounds of emailing back and forth and him questioning me intensely, he determined that it was indeed my bike.
The guy, as it turns out, is a fellow bike racer who bike commutes to work almost daily. Working at a senior assisted living home, he is the only person in the building who does so, and he has a set spot in the building’s garage where he locks his bike to a set of pipes using a kryptonite lock and wheel-cables. Last week he arrived to work and found a bicycle in his usual spot with his cables wrapped around it to make it appear to be locked. He thought this was odd but at the same time, he was initially excited to have fellow bike-riding colleague. He started asking around about the new bike-rider but no one knew anything about the bike in the garage. So he went back and locked the bike to his own using the Krypto lock. At the end of his day, he returned to the garage to find that someone had tried to pry the Krypto open, which is impossible. So thinking this was all very fishy, he took the bike home and posted a note on Craigslist.
She contacted him, verified it was hers, and he gave it back to her. So there you have it! A fellow cyclist made a fairly gutsy move to help a stranger, and it paid off. Good work!