Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Hi, I'm still around..2018!

Yes, no new posts for like ever... oh well. Same same, different year!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Happy New Year!

January 2017! Time flies! We're already 10 tens into 2017, better start my Christmas shopping as it'll be here again before I know it! Hope everyone enjoyed their holidays.
 No bike riding, as the weather is still affecting the city. Snow & ice! Think I'll wait it out a bit. I'm back leading a 10km run clinic though, so doing a little bit of running. Not moving any bikes lately, but probably because this isn't the season for it.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

June 30th, 2016!

Well, it's been a busy couple of months! Glad to have CANADA DAY tomorrow!
I sure could use the rest! And maybe work on some of my bikes. I got a few more bikes last weekend, and I've been itching to get to them!
 But not sure how much progress I'll have, as I'm taking a trip up North in a couple of days!

Hope you're all doing well!

Friday, March 4, 2016

March 2016

How's it going? Almost back into the swing of things, and by that I mean I've been forcing myself to bike to work again. This week was 3 times, including today, and forecast calls for rain here in Vancouver. Yup, I'm mostly a fair weather rider, but I'll brave it today.
 Onto the bikes...so I guess a resident moved out recently, and took their bikes with them, which meant more available bike racks in the bike room! I know, who cares, but this to me is a small victory as I now occupy an entire row in the bike room I most frequent! I often get questioned as to where I store all my bicycles since I live in a small apartment. There's your answer! On one of our parking levels, there are 5 bike rooms, with multiple bike racks! Yes, I've pretty much taken over 1 whole bike room with my own bikes, but there are still plenty of available racks in the other rooms.
 Here's the latest bike build. I picked up this 1990 Specialized Rock Hopper back in 2014 at an auction. It has been hanging around, since I couldn't decide whether to rebuild it, or just sell it as-is. Finally got around to stripping it, and turned it into a single-speed. It's a solid bike, since it's made of steel & has a rigid fork. Found some old parts kicking around and threw those on there, but I did have to buy a new chainring & chain. Found 2 pairs of Deore LX cantilever brakes at Our Community Bikes! I've named this one Special Ed...by taping over the 'iz' in Specialized. I know, brilliant!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

February 2016!

Ah, it's been a long while! What's up cyber world?? Biking...nope, haven't done much so far this year. Became soft again and became a fairweather rider. Going to change that, since I've no excuses as I do have all the prerequisite rain gear to ride. Yes, I've since switched offices, but now my commute is actually flatter AND closer. AND along a bike route the ENTIRE WAY. I hear ya, no excuses now! Bikes. Yup, got a few more, sold a few more. And various projects which are barely built, almost built, and everything in-between. Ok, a few photos, because that's what we're here for.
The old school Trek 520 that I got as a frame. Rides as smooth as my previous 520, but got to do some tweaking to get the fit right. 
KHS Solo One. I wish this was my bike, but it's not. I've the frame/fork, but been on the fence about building it up. Do I really need another single speed mtn bike? (The answer is yes, but really no)
Raleigh Back Alley S/S, Fixie. Since sold.
Giant OCR W(oman). Super small, like 46.5cm, for sale.
Giant Boulder franken bike. Threw all my mishmash of parts onto this frame, such as:
Kona saddle, MEC seatpost, Scott stem, Specialized handlebar, Manitou front shock, Bontrager tires, Deore crankset. Hey, at least it rides, who wants it??

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

August 2015

What a summer in Vancouver! Hot and sunny! Plenty of biking and breweries! Following up on my last post, you would never believe it. I was browsing Craigslist one day in July and come across a bike that looked just like my co-worker's other bike. I called him up and sadly, he had his OTHER BIKE STOLEN! WTF! I know, I was feeling quite frustrated, didn't he learn his lesson from his last bike?! So, here we go again... but this time, no luck in getting a response from the seller. So that was not meant to be, this time around, thought his luck had ran out. A couple of weeks go by, and unbelievably, the Vancouver Police Dept called my co-worker to tell him they have recovered his bike from a homeless shelter downtown and to come pick it up. WHAT?!? I don't know how many horseshoes this guy has, but that is truly amazing. 2 bikes stolen, 2 bikes recovered! And as a token of thanks from him, he gave me his 1st bike! Partly, as a thankful gesture, and 2ndly, because he is sick of seeing it in his garage not being used, and probably for fear of getting it stolen again! I'll be giving it some love (quick tune-up, new tubes and tires) and will be riding it hopefully, or at least put it into the rotation of bikes that I do ride. Still some good weather left, so hope to get more rides in!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

May 2015. Stolen bike recovered!

Okay, story time!! I've been waiting to tell this one, since it has the best ending possible!

A few days, I noticed a bike on Craigslist, that looked very similar to the bike that my co-worker had stolen from UBC. It was stolen from his house TWO YEARS ago. I txted him, and told him to look at the very vague ad and the two blurry photos posted. What was strange was, that it had the same aftermarket red saddle and white shimano pedals that my co-worker installed after buying the bike. See, my co-worker had given up all hope of ever finding his bike again, and has bought a new bike since then.

So, I emailed the ad, pretending to be an interested buyer and asked what size it was, and when I could come see the bike, even though the ad had a name (Curt) and phone number in the reply box. 
Amazingly, I did get a reply, and set up a time and place to meet. It was today at 12:15 at a townhouse complex in North Vancouver. So, at this point, I discussed this with my co-worker and we went over our options. Yes, we can go confront the seller and dish some vigilante justice and take the bike back, or go the proper route and call the cops. He did call the cops at the time the bike was stolen, but like most people, he didn't record the serial number! Nor did he have any photos. So, I urged him to go to the bike store he bought it from and have them look it up and print out another copy of the receipt for him. And they did! I gathered all the evidence, screen grabs of the craigslist ad, receipts for the aftermarket saddle and pedals, and talked to a friend who's in the VPD. He said, yes, you can try to steal it back, or bring a few friends with you..hahaha, or call the North Van RCMP. 
We opted to 'do the right thing' and called the RCMP, and told them the entire story. We asked them if they could send an undercover cop to accompany or meet us when we met up with the seller. You know what they said? They said, 'potentially'. Um, ok. Well, I guess at this point, we can't prove the bike is ours 100% if we can't verify the serial number on the bike itself. AND if the serial number is filed off the bike, we are SOL as well! So we had to hope the serial number was still there.

Fast forward to this morning, the RCMP officer said he cannot come, and even suggested to us to steal the bike back! I was somewhat surprised about that. Made us promise, over the phone, to not be confrontational or cause conflict! LOL. Well, if it was some big thug, we'd pee our pants.

Anyways, my co-worker and I came up with one plan of attack. We agreed to just look at the bike and NOT steal it back. Of course, leading up to the meeting, we were both pretty nervous about the whole thing. And this whole time, I was using a fake name on my email, so the seller has no idea who I am or what my phone number is. 

So, I drove us up to North Vancouver, scoped out the townhouse and parked a block away, in case things changed and we did steal the bike back if our minds changed. Txted the seller to come out front, and a surprise to both of us, it was a middle aged woman! But sure enough, there was the bike, with the same red SMP saddle and white pedals. She introduced herself to my co-worker and my co-worker says his real name, when we had discussed to use a different name! D'oh! Buhahaha, oh well, whatever. I told her that he brought me along to check out the bike, since I knew what to look for. So I fiddle with it a bit, checking out the brakes, the gears, and then I flip it over, you know, to check for the serial number on the bottom bracket. I had pre-written the serial number on my palm because I knew I wouldn't be able to remember all those digits in that situation! Well, of course, the bottom bracket cable guide was covering some of the numbers, but we could see that the first 2 digits and last digit matched. OK, we are 99.9% sure this is THE bike now. We couldn't test ride the bike, because both tires were flat, so that gave us no opportunity to just ride away.

I tell the seller, yes, we'd like to buy the bike, but we need to go to the bank machine to grab some cash and come back. She even suggested taking the bike with us, to put some air in the tires. At this point, I look at my co-worker and am thinking, hey..we can just take the bike right now with this opportunity! Gave her this old defunct bank card for collateral, but she was smart enough to ask for something with a name on it. Thinking quickly, I was like, nah...we'll just go get cash and come back for the bike.

We walked back to my car and jumped inside. Called the RCMP again, and explained the entire story yet again, and finally they said they'll send a cruiser out right away. After 10 minutes, a ghost car finally comes down the road and we meet with the two officers, and go over the story yet again! Officer is like, wait, you're only 'sorta' sure it's your bike? Well yeah because the cable guide is covering a couple of digits, but I explain to him about the red saddle and white pedals and that we got MOST of the digits of the serial number. They said to txt her back to have her come out front, and they'll pull up when we're talking to her.

So, met up with the woman again, and we had to break it to her. Co-worker says to her, this is actually my bike, it was stolen from me 2 years ago. She was like, HUH WHAT? Then the cops come pulling up with their siren and lights a-blazing, jump out and yell, 'you're under arrest!'. Yep, just like on tv! hahaha. It was pretty exciting, but I was like, uh...that's going overboard no? After explaining the story to the woman, and taking off the cable guide, we verified the entire serial number. The woman explained how she got it as a mother's day gift from her ex-husband and kids a couple years ago. That very well may be a true story, and we felt bad for her, but we were happy to get the bike back! To be fair, my co-worker even offered to pay her the money for the new chain that she said she put on there, but she refused, and she said she was happy to return the bike to the rightful owner! So, I guess the RCMP will follow up with her ex-husband now.

Well, sure made for an exciting Friday! Justice has prevailed, hahaha! (Well, not really, since we don't know who the thief is.) And hopefully this will shed some light on what preventative measures you should take to protect your bike! Photos! Photos of you WITH the bike! Serial numbers! Receipts! If you bought the bike 2nd hand & don't have receipts, then run serial number checks to see if the bike is stolen BEFORE you buy it. Engrave your driver's licence number on it, maybe also on some parts if they're pricey, like the saddle, pedals, etc. Hide some personal information down the seat tube, under the inner tubes, in the stem, under the bar tape/grips, etc! 
And if you do have your bike stolen, I know the chances are slim to none of ever finding it, but keep looking out for it! Because the cops won't be looking for it, it is the lowest on the priority list for them.

*Willing to be hired as your bike detective.