Colnago Super, c. 1980



Lincoln Square Garage
2534 W Eastwood Ave
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Monday, March 3, 2014 - 12:00am

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Road Bike
52 cm
Pale pink / light purple
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Vintage Colnago Super w/ yellow decals and chrome fork. Built as a 5/6 speed city bike with upright bars (V/O Montmartre), leather grip tape, Brooks saddle (copper), brown cables, Campy Record hubs w/ Regina freewheel & Campy Montreal rims. No front derailleur--only rear Campy Record (c. 1986). Road crank had small chain ring with a Campy Cyclocross ring on the outside (no teeth). Shift levers were Nuovo Record but only the rear was cabled. Super Record pedals with leather wrapped toe clips and brown leather straps. The picture shows the frame color however predates the recent build which has different wheels, added shift levers and brown cables.

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?: 
Other situation, please describe below.
Lock Type: 
What was the bike locked to?: 
Other situation, please describe below.
How was the bike locked?: 
Other situation, please describe below.

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?: 
Months--always kept in locked garage.
Incident Description: 
The bike was in my locked garage (dead bolted) and stolen between Sunday Mar 2, 5:00 PM and Monday March 3, 4:00 PM, likely during the daytime on Monday as there was another theft in my neighborhood Monday afternoon. The side door to the garage was forced open (door splintered, frame cracked, etc.) and the bikes were taken.

Recovery Information

Recovery Notes: 
On 3/29/14, the CSBR received an email from the owner: I wanted to let you and the stolen bike registry know that I recovered my Colnago. Its a long story, but it was sold to a guy and when he found out it was stolen, he turned it in to a local shop that was helping recover my bike (the kid who stole the bike tried to sell it to the shop first, so they had already called). Regardless, it came back! Success. I don’t have any news on the (other bike). The Colnago is really my #1, so I’m extremely pleased. Thank you all for the amazing support and outreach. I was really touched by the kindness of complete strangers calling to help. That’s the silver lining. Best, [owner] Upon request for clarification, the owner added: a local shop owner had refused to buy the bike (guessing it was stolen). When the seller left his shop, the shop owner looked the bike up on the registry and called me. A week later, the bike was sold to a customer of the shop. He brought it by the shop at which time the shop owner let him know it was stolen. The buyer was an honest person, left the bike at the shop, and asked the owner to call me and return the bike. It was a very roundabout chain of events but the key to getting my bike back was that everyone was able to ID it as stolen and contact me directly.
This bike was recovered: