It’s not every day that a stolen bike story finishes with a happy ending. This one, however, does. This story also involves some pictures posted on Instagram, a long-distance relationship, exchanging some digits, and the cops. Here’s how it all went down.
Cece Stronach, a friend and former Bicycle Sport client, had her bike stolen from her front porch last week. Matters are slightly more complicated since her front porch is now in Madison, Wisconsin. Social networks being what they are, she took to Instagram to broadcast the news of her stolen bike, and make an appeal to anyone who might come across her Trek Lexa with lime green bar tape and left side pannier.
Her post turned up in the feed of Bicycle Sport’s very own Justin Butler, who reached out to provide her with the bike’s serial number. (Just in case you were wondering about the value of maintaining that relationship with your local bike shop!) Within a few days, Madison police found the bike just a couple of miles from her house, then used that same serial number to track the bike through Trek corporate and back here to Bicycle Sport. That’s some seriously cool detective work. We connected Cece and the police, who then reunited her with her thankfully not-so-long-lost bike.
Cece called it, “the greatest love story,” on the Instagram post after her bike was returned on Valentine’s Day. Like we said, a happy ending here!
“Super grateful for the Madison Police Department going way out of the way to find me, since I hadn’t registered my bike with the state or reported it stolen,” Cece told us.
“Also super grateful for Justin, who has been one of the most solid friends since the day he sold my bike to me over two years ago. When he saw my original post about my bike being stolen he contacted me right away to make sure I had a copy of my original receipt so that I could report it to my insurance.”
Like that saying goes, not all superheroes wear capes. And goes without saying, and serves as a great reminder to us all about bike security.
Get a great lock:
Good isn’t great. Whether your bike is a dusty-not-rusty occasional ride, your daily commuter, your dream bike, etc., it matters to you. Invest in a quality lock. Yeah, we’ve got recommendations.
One of the best bits about riding a bike is the front row parking. Take advantage of highly visible locations for bike parking. Well-lighted, high-traffic spots are natural theft deterrents.
No bike rack? No problem.
Any secure, immovable object can serve as a makeshift bike rack. Take care with poles, trees, and sign posts to make sure the bike can’t be lifted over the top of them.
Take the little bits with you:
Lights, frame bags, panniers, and all of that make travel and commuting by bike safe and comfortable. In the right space, they’re attractive to thieves, too. Put them in your bag and take them with you.
Register your bike:
Consider an online registry, like Project 529. or Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police recommends recording your bike’s serial number, pictures, and any other permanent identifiers and keep them in a safe place.
Any questions? Here at Bicycle Sport, we want to encourage you to ride your bike as often as you can. Let’s talk about how to make it as easy, safe, and convenient as possible.