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Is This Your Bike?

by Prince Of Petworth June 16, 2017 at 1:15 pm 8 Comments

“Dear PoPville,

Found this model of bike in front of a vacant house down the street from us in Adams Morgan. It had a flat tire and was unsecured – we assumed it might have been stolen, then dumped after it got the flat.

We’ve posted it to a number of bicycle-related groups with no luck. Before turning it into the MPD, we wanted to try to find the owner here. We’re both bicyclists and know how much it sucks to have your bike stolen – we would love to reunite this bike with its person!

The attached photo is from the Giant website. The bike we found is the same model, but there are a few different distinguishing features, like a different-colored fork and bar tape. There’s also a sticker from the shop it was purchased from.

If this sounds like your bike, please let me know! [jayni.rasmussen(at)gmail.com] We’re keeping it safe at our place and will be surrendering it to MPD if we don’t find the owner soon.”

  • Marty

    hope it finds its way back home soon

  • gonzo

    Reach out to the shop?

    • OP

      Ah, yeah! Good idea, maybe they have the serial number tracked. Thanks!

  • SWChris

    Wait, how do you know it was stolen? Did you really just come upon a random bike, decide it was “probably” stolen and walk away with it?

    • WanderingWahoo

      According to OP: (i) it was left in front of a vacant house; (ii) it was unsecured; and (iii) it had a flat tire. Based on that evidence, I agree that abandoned stolen bike seems more likely than owner purposefully left it there bike.

    • OP

      Ah yes, I figured we might get a nasty comment like this one. People are always braver and smarter over the internet. Yes, we really did that, which is why we said “might” have been stolen. I’ve been a city cyclist my entire time in DC, and I know that a nice, unsecured bike left out in the open (in the sidewalk outside of a vacant house, as opposed to up on the porch/english garden that all of the houses in our neighborhood have) is likely to be quickly taken by someone isn’t interested in returning it to its owner. After waiting by the bike for about 30 minutes, we decided to take it inside so it was safe. Just trying to do the best thing!

      • Mike

        You did the right thing! Trolls gonna troll.

  • Anon

    This bike is way too expensive to have been left unsecured. Definitely stolen. I would have done the same thing.

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