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Possible Stolen Bikes Spotted @ Ashland Flea Market w photos

These bikes were spotted at the Ashland Swap O Rama Ashland @ 42nd st.
Fellow chainlinkers and Chicago cyclists rode to the Swap O Rama this morning to reclaim and find stolen bicycles. We are working in numbers to combat thievery. Here is today's list:

-Specialized crossroads pink rims 
-Gold trek w brown front deep v pink and white saddle bullhorns 
-Black trek 1000 with rack 
-Green specialized stumpjumper, new tires 
-Black Specialized transition carbon with animal rights stickers 
-Blue trek 7.3 
-Felt team carbon argyl on top tube 
-Trek 1000 alpha series reed white and blue 
-Black republic 
-Chrome pista with straight stash handlebars 
-Specializes sirrus black 
-Motobecane record red 
-Giant cypress silver 
-Bianchi volpe green 
-Jamis beatnik 
Note: This list is a user provided list that is unverified.

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Howard,

Feel free to call or e-mail me regarding this stuff.

H3N3 said:
I posted info regarding the alderman previously. We've got a lot of different threads going on in the main forum, on the event listing . . .there has to be a better way to use this medium.
I still can't make head or tail here-- is there someone I can contact by phone about this to get some information about how things were done today? Besides the one bike were any other potential owners contacted?
And most importantly did anyone get pics of any of the -people- selling confirmed stolen bikes?
I've been reading so many posts about this and it's been making my blood boil. I may have concocted something that has no way of preventing theft but may make things a lot easier for people whose bikes were stolen and later located. The concept is quite simple and something I have the means to pursue if there is enough interest but would like some input from others before offering it. For obvious reasons I'd rather not divulge the details here. If this piques your interest then send me a private message on here or email to michael (dot) perz (at) gmail (dot) com which I check much more frequently.
My thanks to the people you took these photos and posted them here. This inspired me to overcome my crippling apathy and add my recently stolen Pista to the stolen bike registry.
Just curious--did the vendors see that you were taking pictures of the bikes?
If you have your police report number, apparently, you can make a claim. I guess it doesn't hurt to have a documentary photo of your bike too-boot. When my Performance 203R was stolen, I knew everything about it, the brand of seat, my wierd modifications, the dent on the top tube. I keep the police report and the USPS police report (stolen on federal property) with me all the time, just in case I see it.

Nancy L. Fagin

A van with no plates - how scary is that!
If it's not raining and you're looking for something to do tomorrow, stop by any of the local flea markets. There are at least 3 swap o rama's that i know of: Alsip, Melrose Park, and Ashland. I've also seen/recovered bikes from Maxwell st. Market. Get out and give em hell! Take a camera and get what documentation you can. Being in the bicycle industry, I see and hear heartbreaking stories daily.
Don't fear, and lets give them hell. If it's raining don't bother. Most thieves don't have reserved spaces and flea markets. So they are less likely to show up in bad weather.

I've enjoyed these crackdowns and look forward to more. Thanks Doom, for re-listing/re-starting this event. Let's keep pressuring these MFs.
Let's try to get some of this discussion centralized over in this group, just because it will be easier to keep it organized, but I definitely think we should have more rides and I, for one, would be up for invading Alsip next week. Just 17 miles from Hyde Park, and I'll bring coffee for anyone who wants to meet at the fountain at 55th and the Lakefront Path.
Hi,

Please keep your eye out for my Green Orbea (all carbon) bike with Easton Tempest II wheels. Serial # BI0038-if seen please call me: 847-477-1842 Thanks!

Dr. Doom said:
Let's try to get some of this discussion centralized over in this group, just because it will be easier to keep it organized, but I definitely think we should have more rides and I, for one, would be up for invading Alsip next week. Just 17 miles from Hyde Park, and I'll bring coffee for anyone who wants to meet at the fountain at 55th and the Lakefront Path.
Seri,
If it's spotted we'll google "stolen green Orbea Chicago" and call you immediately.

I've just listed another expedition for next Saturday-- details in the group.
Yesterday was shocking. The bikes were very, very obviously stolen.

Not to sound too naive, would contacting the CPD help this situation?
I think contacting several people with information from this thread and any other trips would be a good idea. Let the CPD, the alderman, and the media know what's going on. If we want to make a real difference we need to get the word out to the "authorities" as well as the public at large. Not just where the stolen bikes are going, but to educate people that cable locks are no good -- if you look at the registry, most of the stolen bikes weren't properly locked. Even starting with letters to the editor for the paper about some of these issues could help.

Marty A. said:
Yesterday was shocking. The bikes were very, very obviously stolen.

Not to sound too naive, would contacting the CPD help this situation?
Note that you will also be alerting the thieves and vendors. I know some of you regard this as a means to shut down some of the theft, but it will also shut down what can and should become an effective means of recovering stolen bikes.

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