Feel Good Story for the Weekend

This feel good story is brought to you by the good guys over at Moots and Golden Bike Shop.

Bear with me on this one…..

I can’t speak for everyone out there, but I’m pretty sure we all know what it is like to have something stolen from us….bike, car, computer whatever it may have been or will be…that feeling in the pit of your stomach….violation, seperation….loss. Below is a small story about a stolen bike….and getting the owner back in the saddle.

This past Monday we received a call from a shop in Golden Colorado (Golden Bike Shop) about a Moots Psychlo X Cyclocross bike they had taken in for repair. Sounds easy enough right?…not so much.The shop employee smelled something fishy, as in the bike didn’t fit the guy, the guy really didn’t seem like a “cyclist” and he wanted an estimate on how much it was worth (not only a theif, but a dumb one at that)….so the employee took the bike in and called us with the serial number. A look in our records revealed that the bike was sold to a shop in Pittsburgh, Pa in 2007. A call to the shop on our end and the dealer was able to provide a home number for the customer that had bought the bike. Next call to the number and we got in touch with his mom…who then told us that her sons apartment had been ransacked last Thursday night in Littleton, Colorado where he had been going to school…in total; 3 bikes, computers and pretty much anything that was in his home….all gone. She provided us with a cell number to her son. Next call to the son….he happened to be standing in his apartment with his father going through the insurance process. Letting him know we had a lead on his bike was great…you could hear it in his voice…he loved that bike and was torn apart to know it was out there….gone from his care. We connected him and the bike shop. Next, they worked with the police officer that was handling the case…they set up the catch.

The shop called the number of the person that had left the bike….they let him know it was ready to pick up. Into the shop comes the customer…picks up the bike and rolls out the front door. Once outside the police were waiting for him and put the cuffs on him. Busted. Bike goes into evidence and once the case is finished Mike will be riding his Psychlo X ….that now has a bit more history.

In the end it was a good feeling re-connecting an owner and his bike….

Bike thieves beware….our close knit cycling brethren watches out for each other

From the Moots blog

Bike thieves beware indeed! We might be a bunch of bike dorks, but we roll deep. Nice work boys!

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I am a fan of singletrack, singlespeeds and single malt. Currently in Asheville, NC

42 thoughts on “Feel Good Story for the Weekend

  1. Nice ending. Hopefully the case doesn’t drag out for 3 years… That would be a long wait to get his bike back.

  2. Buddy of mine had a custom Moots made. Loves it and speaks nothing but praise for the guys and gals at Moots. A real class act, that company.

  3. And Golden is a hella-nice place. That’s where my Moots-owning buddy took me riding. Nice trail right out of town. Up a big hill, then back down to town for beers.

  4. Yeah i had to cringe a bit when i read the “bike goes into evidence” part. but hey i will take that in trade any day for a bicycle thief busted.

  5. I wish this happened with my Jake the Snake. I love hearing about this stuff. It gives me a little hope that my bike might one day be returned to me.

  6. He would of sold that bike on the street for fifty bucks just so he could get high..I,ve seen it happen..

  7. …that moots is a ‘dream come true’ cyclo-cross rig…

    …to think about it having been stolen must have been a nightmare…

    …but then to know you’re gonna get it back (halle-fucking-lujah) & the little bitch who stole it is actually gonna be prosecuted ???…that is joy beyond joy…

    …super major props to all the good guys involved…

  8. I think the perp should have been released…with his nuts zip-tied to a heavy old frame and his hands zip-tied behind his back. But then I don’t like thieves.

  9. …african single…you’ve gotta give a man a chance to prove his innocence, like the salem witch trials…

    …zip-tie his nuts to the top tube of a heavy old bike, zip-tie his hands behind his back & release him on steep mountainous descent (with his choice of cantilevers, discs or v-brakes – ain’t gonna matter) & let him go…

    …if he crashes, he’s guilty, if he rides it out, he’s guilty…then he should be punished…

    …guess i don’t like thieves either…

  10. God runs ineffective brakes that don’t do what they’re supposed to do and therefore run the risk of resulting in injury.

    Yep, sounds like God.

    God and the stopping power of cantis: both imaginary?

  11. Looked into it for the first 18 years of my life. Not feeling especially confused about it. You’re free to make your own decisions, though.

  12. By the way: I think you’re in the running for my favorite screen name in the comments section. Well played.

  13. God has entered DC ??

    The shark has truly been jumped.

    Long live the shark.

    I don’t know cantis from a hole in the ground but I’m with D2 on God being imaginary.

  14. …i believe in the stopping power of good chianti…

    …two bottles & i’m slowed WAY down…3 bottles & i’m definitely stopped…in my tracks…

    …just sayin’…

  15. Oh now kiddies, I wasn’t trying to start a holy war in here. Go to church if you want to talk about god. Go to the bar if you want to talk about anything else.

  16. …higher power — no doubt, look around you…

    …god, with everything ascribed “in his name” — gimme a fucking break…

  17. Stupidity in my choice of words and the same regarding the middle finger of of an imaginary Gawd are different things.

  18. I believe I will keep my Gustavs.. everything else are Barbie brakes. I thought I would throw that in since we are talking about Godlike things..

  19. Bad ass! I think all of us that have had a bike stolen can appreciate that one. How does a young college student have a moots cross bike? Took me until 35 to be able to afford my my moots gristle. :)