4300 N Laramie AveChicago , IL
Date of Theft
Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 7:21pm
Basic Bike Info
Cruiser / Comfort Bike
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features:
Bike is in like new condition. Slight rust on Chain case. It's a tall Dutch Bike with a heavy duty front rack, fenders, chaincase, dynamo front hub and internally geared Nexus 8 speed rear hub. Also a Axa Defender ring lock handcuffing the rear wheel.
Contact information hidden by Chicago Stolen Bike Registry. Contact the CSBR staff to contact the owner.
How was the lock defeated?:
Object that bike was locked to was broken, removed, or otherwise compromised.
What was the bike locked to?:
Locked to a wooden pole, railing, or fence.
How was the bike locked?:
Locked through rear wheel and frame to object.
Which type of area was your bike stolen from?:
Alley or side passageway.
How long was the bike locked in this location?:
I rode home on Saturday night. I locked my bike where I normally lock it with a heavy duty bicycle security chain. While I laid eyes upon it at least three times on Sunday I didn't ride it. Monday afternoon I leave the house to find it missing. The bike has a ring lock going through the rear wheel so unless that is removed (not that easy of a task) the bike will remain immobilized.
The thief contacted a relative for help getting the lock off. The relative, well-connected in Chicago's organized cycling community, found the listing on the Chicago Stolen Bike Registry and contacted the owner and offered to help get the bike back. The owner reported the return of the bike on Tuesday 3/29/11, apparently via successful moral appeal to the thief.
This bike was recovered: