I saw someone walking with a Specialized Allez down to the Blue Line, and he was wearing Chuck Taylors with Shimano clip-less pedals on the bike. This is always an alarm in my mind.
I was just wondering about questions you might ask if you saw what you suspected to be a stolen bike.
What came out of my mouth:
"What kind of wear do you get on your tires? I'm always looking for something that will last for more miles."
Turns out my worries of bike theft were quashed when he showed me the shoes voluntarily and talked about the fit of his new bike, voluntarily.
After all the posts about the swap-o-rama suspect bikes, I figured a separate thread would be worth while as to how to strike up a conversation about questions less obvious than "how much did that set you back?"