Bianchi Milano



Swedish Covenant Hospital Parking Garage
5058 N California
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Friday, August 21, 2009 - 4:27am

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Cruiser / Comfort Bike
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
*Excellent/newer condition<br>*Paint chip damage on top tube right and left sides from CETMA 5 rail rack (chipped paint when turned all the way to left or right)<br>*CETMA 5 rail *front* cargo rack<br>*Extra large wicker basket on front<br>*"Pitlock" seat skewer and wheel skewer locking system<br>*Red and black "Arkel Bug" pannier wire tied to rear rack<br>*Tubus brand rear cargo rack

Owner Information

Contact Email: 
Contact information hidden by Chicago Stolen Bike Registry. Contact the CSBR staff to contact the owner.

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Lock is missing, along with the bike.
Lock Type: 
Newer U-Lock w/ Flat Key
What was the bike locked to?: 
Locked to bike rack.
How was the bike locked?: 
Only the frame was locked a solid object.

Incident Description

Which type of area was your bike stolen from?: 
Garage or enclosed parking area.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
8 AM - 3 PM, the hours I was in the building
Incident Description: 
*The bike was stolen from the bike rack in the parking garage at Swedish Covenant Hospital. <br> *I made a few changes to the bike since taking this picture, but, essentially, this is the way the bike looks. The changes include: A rear "Tubus" brand rack & red "backpack style" pannier on the back.<br> *Although difficult to see in this picture, the bike has a somewhat unique "front rack" on it, a "CETMA 5 rail" rack. In this picture, the wicker basket is sitting on the rack. The thief has probably easily removed the large front wicker basket by now.<br> *The CETMA rack has left a few paint chip scars on the right and left sides of the top tube which should, forever, be an identifying marker of my bike.<br> *The front rack, front tire and seat post have a unique locking system, a "Pitlock" system, on them which will make either difficult to remove without the unique bolt "key" which is in my possession, i.e. good luck raising and lower the seat, thief! ;)<br> *A report has been filed with the Chicago Police and Hospital security. FYI, Hospital security told me thefts have been occurring "a lot" from their bike racks. They are baffled how someone is doing this in the middle of the day *right next* to the lady sitting in the booth taking money in the parking garage.<br> *REWARD offered for anyone who has information on my bike's whereabouts and can recover my bike. :( I miss my bike.<br>

Recovery Information

Recovery Notes: 
On September 23 victim reported she got the bike back-- she spotted it on Craigslist and was successful in getting Chicago Police to help retrieve it from a seller, who she stated had a garage full of bikes.
This bike was recovered: