“I am training for my first triathlon this summer and this was both my training and race bike.”

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Keep a lookout Capitol Hill/H Street/Trinidad/Kingman Park/Hill East. Thanks!

“Dear PoPville,

Last night at 12:20 I had a bicycle stolen. Happened to be coming home during the theft. I drove past my alley and noticed a guy riding a bicycle while “ghost riding” another bike. I thought this was odd so after parking my car decided to enter the house through the alley to ensure everything was ok (at this point I figured he was dumping a stolen bike to come back to or something along those lines). As I get out the car I see him head down 7th st NE towards H st NE, I was a block & half away so I wasn’t able to see the bike frame clearly or anything. Once I get into the alley I notice there was a beater bike dumped, my garage was open & bike gone. Police were called, report was filed and then canvassed the area but I am honestly not expecting a whole lot. It is a very unique bike and I know there are no other identical bikes in the city.

I am training for my first triathlon this summer and this was both my training and race bike.

I’d say the biggest identifying factors is that it’s a DC racing frame (NCVC) and it has a very unique red & black fizik saddle

Should be easily spotted on the street. Efenwick301(at)yahoo.com ”

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  • Sorry for your loss. Even though I have a pretty secure garage I’ve had 2 bikes stolen from it so keep my remaining bikes in the house.

  • That is terrible. I would feel the same way if my bike was reapproriated like this. You might want to check with your homeowner’s/rental policy – they might cover the loss of the bike.

    • HaileUnlikely

      They might cover it (minus the deductible), and I’ll freely admit I don’t know if I could even guess to within a multiple of 2 how much it would cost to replace this bike, but I would not recommend filing a claim with your homeowners or renters insurance company unless it would truly make the difference between being able to replace your bike vs. not, AND it would be several thousand dollars after the deductible. In the future, if you are applying for other insurance elsewhere, and you have a claim on file for anything, it will make it more difficult and more expensive for you to get new insurance. If it will save you like $10K and you find that worth it, ok then, but please do not file a claim to save yourself $1000 – that claim will cost you way more than it was worth in the long run.

      • Even just an inquiry about a potential claim can have the same effect. Like he said- unless it’s a huge loss I’d suggest against filing a claim.

  • How are people’s garages usually being broke into? Through the rolling garage door? Or the entry door on the side?

    I saw a pretty slick method for making your garage door more secure. You drill a hole through the frame and add a padlock. Nobody is opening the door from the outside – even you – when the padlock is in place. I’m including a link with a visual below as a picture is worth a thousand words.

    http://garak.wimp.com/images/sthumbs/2015/10/4ac5fa32a1f2858ce79c8b31492d1b82_13.jpg

    Granted there are some limitations to this approach. It is not good for someone who plans to take their car in and out of the garage frequently using a garage door opener. But if you are just looking to protect a set of bikes or a vespa you use a couple times a week seems worth trying to me. Of course you still have to make sure your entry door is reinforced and not easy to break into.

    Not perfect. But neither is storing the bike in the house.

  • Bummer. If your bike was stolen around H Street, I would look in three places to see.

    1) 10th Street between F and G, NE. There is a house across from Sherwood where several stolen bikes have been recovered.

    2) K Street, between 10th and 11th.

    3) I Street, between 10th and 11th.

    Lots of stolen bikes have been seen/recovered from those areas.

    Good luck.

  • Keep looking at Craigslist, Pinkbike, et cetera in cities within proximity to DC: Baltimore, Philly, Richmond, NYC. Often bike thieves will sell the bike in an adjacent city to avoid being too obvious about it being stolen.

  • Thanks for the advice
    i have also posted on a few other local outlets
    if its on the street anywhere it will be easy to spot for sure.

  • I just noticed the URL for this one.

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