Registered: Oct 2002
Location: Watsonville, CA
I would have agreed with you about stolen bikes until about six months ago when Gabe rode his TiRush aross the street to the little Mexican place for lunch. He left it right by the door, walked inside, there was no line, he placed his order, paid his money and went back to his bike to wait for his order to be ready. It was gone! We're talking mere seconds and the bike not 15 feet from him. He put posters and offered a reward to no avail.
A couple of months later a couple of young guys (gang-banger types) wheeled in a TiRush that needed a new tire. What's wrong with this picture?
Gardner got a tire and invited them and their bike into the office. He got to chatting with them about bikes and tires and such and asked where they got the bike. They said they bought it from a friend (yeah, right).
Gardner closed the office door, trapping them, and told them it was a stolen bike and he was confiscating it, but he did give them the $50.00 reward. One of them actually wanted to hold out for more money. So Gardner offered to call the police instead of giving them the reward.
They took the money and ran, literally.
The moral is: if something looks inviting and unattended, someone will steal it for some purpose.
I just couldn't resist telling this story.
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