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My bike was just stolen this afternoon (July 2) from off my deck. No - it was not locked, but it was visible from within my apartment which was accessible only via a locked gate.

Some of you may recognize it from Ride of Silence or photos I've posted of it on BikeCommuters.com... please help me recover her!

The thieves left behind the u-lock and reflective triangle hung from the rack

Identifying features:

  • Schwinn Worldsport small frame (only 49cm at most)
  • full fenders - front fender mounted back behind brakes
  • bullhorn bars on a short raised stem
  • pink handlebar tape (which may not still be there)
  • bar end shifter on right of bars
  • aftermarket Chainboard brand chainguard
  • front pink Fyxation wheel
  • wheels were connected via locking skewers
  • green sticker on seat tube (down near bottom bracket)- as being registered with the City Of Evanston (via Northwestern Univ)

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I've had three stolen since moving to Chicago 6 years ago (never had one stolen before I moved here.)  They broke into a garage and stole one that was hanging from the ceiling, and the second one that was LOCKED to the ceiling.  (And one was taken from that castaways place by the lake, locked to a post.)  It sucks - if you are a renter, your renter's insurance will cover it to some degree.  I agree with the prior posting - go buy another one and move on.  Get a better one first, then when it gets taken, buy a cheaper one...

Chicago: The City that Doesn't Work.  I did finally get someone to file my report over the phone, but the call was over 1/2 hour because his "system was going up and down."

Lisa Curcio said:

I had to make a police report about a garage break-in last year.  After waiting for a few days for 311 to have someone call me, my husband called the district police station and an officer there took the report.

h' said:

How did you file it?
I just called again and they are still saying their system is down. They're sending out a car to take my report of a garage break-in last Thursday night.  Talk about stoopid.

Seems like there have been too many postings lately about bike thefts and other crimes. :-( 
No luck at the Ashland Swap today... but I'm curious if anyone is going to the other Swaps - Allstate Arena, Melrose Park or Tri-State?

Thanks for the update.  I'd love to go to the Allstate, or Melrose Park swaps although I do't have any way to get out there and it's a pretty long bike ride.  If anyone is going I'd love to hitch a ride.

E A said:

Seems like there have been too many postings lately about bike thefts and other crimes. :-( 
No luck at the Ashland Swap today... but I'm curious if anyone is going to the other Swaps - Allstate Arena, Melrose Park or Tri-State?

Sean... I may go to one &/or the other... possibly today... (and not stay long - just too hot). 


I could drive. 

Sean Struble said:

Thanks for the update.  I'd love to go to the Allstate, or Melrose Park swaps although I do't have any way to get out there and it's a pretty long bike ride.  If anyone is going I'd love to hitch a ride.

E A said:

Seems like there have been too many postings lately about bike thefts and other crimes. :-( 
No luck at the Ashland Swap today... but I'm curious if anyone is going to the other Swaps - Allstate Arena, Melrose Park or Tri-State?

The Allstate swap is spread over a very large area.  You're only going to be able to see a small piece of it with a quick visit.

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