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    Behold the might! (my new ride, with pic)

    So, earlier today, I was down on Front St. looking in the shops, and there was a Peugeot UO-8 for $100. I was just considering buying it when these two homeless people walk up to the store the Peugeot is in, carrying like three bikes. One of the bikes they have is a Miyata Three Ten, and I quickly ask them what they're doing with it. They tell me that they're gonna sell it to the guy who's store it is. Apparently he was going to give them $40 for it, and the presumably resell it for considerably more. I offered them $60 for it, and walked away with it.

    Here it is:


    The serial number is NC26897. Anyone know what year this would be?
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    Nice bike, hope it was their's to sell.
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    Where the heck do you think these homeless people got those bikes. I suggest you call the police and see if you can find the real owner.

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    well it look more like it has been sitting for 10+ years than having been in use recently. While it probably is stolen at some point, I am not so sure anyone is missing it anymore if they ever were. They could have scored these at the transfer station.. who knows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CardiacKid View Post
    Where the heck do you think these homeless people got those bikes. I suggest you call the police and see if you can find the real owner.
    Quite frankly, that's none of my concern. Ignorance is bliss.

    If anyone accosts me on the street claiming it's their bike, so be it. Until then, I'm not worrying about it.
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    "Originally Posted by CardiacKid
    Where the heck do you think these homeless people got those bikes. I suggest you call the police and see if you can find the real owner."


    This may sound kinda blunt but,Just because someone is homeless does not mean that they stole that bike....If one walks around someplace like Boulder Co. a bike like that is a very real find in the Dumpster....I know,I was homeless when I did my first bike tour,It was getting cold in Co. and the Trek 930 that I found in the dumpster at University and Ninth St after a couple of days of tinkering carried my arse all the way to Austin Tx. with nary a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exit. View Post
    So, earlier today, I was down on Front St. looking in the shops, and there was a Peugeot UO-8 for $100. I was just considering buying it when these two homeless people walk up to the store the Peugeot is in, carrying like three bikes. One of the bikes they have is a Miyata Three Ten, and I quickly ask them what they're doing with it. They tell me that they're gonna sell it to the guy who's store it is. Apparently he was going to give them $40 for it, and the presumably resell it for considerably more. I offered them $60 for it, and walked away with it.

    Here it is:


    The serial number is NC26897. Anyone know what year this would be?
    My vote is it was likely a "dumpster find" by your scruffy homeless friends..
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Figment View Post
    "Originally Posted by CardiacKid
    Where the heck do you think these homeless people got those bikes. I suggest you call the police and see if you can find the real owner."


    This may sound kinda blunt but,Just because someone is homeless does not mean that they stole that bike....If one walks around someplace like Boulder Co. a bike like that is a very real find in the Dumpster....I know,I was homeless when I did my first bike tour,It was getting cold in Co. and the Trek 930 that I found in the dumpster at University and Ninth St after a couple of days of tinkering carried my arse all the way to Austin Tx. with nary a problem.
    Exactly, this bikes isn't certainly isn't a rider, so that doesn't mean definitely means someone wasn't riding it currently.
    Screw you guys that say it's stolen just because it was in the possession of a homeless person.

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    You could post an advert on Craig's List in the Lost and Found section. Say something like a "I found a bike, describe it and you can claim it." kind of ad.

    At least then you have made an attempt. Just sayin'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mastershake916 View Post
    Screw you guys that say it's stolen just because it was in the possession of a homeless person.
    Quite frankly, that's none of my concern. Ignorance is bliss.
    If anyone accosts me on the street claiming it's their bike, so be it. Until then, I'm not worrying about it.


    This is the attitude of a 6-year old and, if any of our children voiced a similar opinion at the dinner table, we would lecture them on how wrong it is.

    In here, we congratulate him on his find

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    Ladies and gentlemen, may I suggest that the real thieves are not to be found on Front Street but on Wall Street. I apologize for being off topic. Mods can pull this post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retyred View Post
    Ladies and gentlemen, may I suggest that the real thieves are not to be found on Front Street but on Wall Street. I apologize for being off topic. Mods can pull this post.
    Hhehe, the OP has many of the same attitudes on Wall Street that have gotten us into this mess. It is already a nightmare on the Asian markets right now at 12:30 E.S.T., the DOW is going to be hilarious this morning. Oh, and that $700B bailout is right up the OP's alley, isn't it? Fark you, I got mine, etc.....

    We might all be doing business with vagrants in the not to distant future

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    Score... now go enjoy it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jet sanchEz View Post
    Quite frankly, that's none of my concern. Ignorance is bliss.
    If anyone accosts me on the street claiming it's their bike, so be it. Until then, I'm not worrying about it.


    This is the attitude of a 6-year old and, if any of our children voiced a similar opinion at the dinner table, we would lecture them on how wrong it is.

    In here, we congratulate him on his find
    Yeah, and if any of my theoretical children were making personal attacks at strangers on the internet, they'd get a swift beating.

    Keep your high-horse morals to yourself. I bought it in a fair money transaction, and how it came to be in the possession of its previous owners is not my business. If morals dictated that we all investigate the previous source of an item whenever we bought anything, a lot of the name brands you wear every day would be out of business, because they're sure not getting the raw materials or labour from anywhere resembling a legitimate source. If you want to abide by the morals you seem to expect of me in this thread, go ahead and quiz the minimum-wage earning teenager at the Nike store on where the products he's selling originally came from. I'm sure he'll be willing and capable of giving you an in-depth rundown of the child labour and exploitation than went into putting those Dunks on your feet.
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    I had a show in Amsterdam, and wanted a bike to get around. A native dutch girl friend of mine told me to just buy one from a drug addict off the street for $10. It was one of those old, big, black Dutch cruisers(loops or giants?) Anyway, this is apparently accepted there with no judgements of good or bad, wrong or right. You buy one for $10, it gets stolen and sold for $10, you buy another for $10, until eventually you probably get your original bike back. Here in NYC, I would never leave any of my bikes outside unless I wanted someone to take them. I've had my share of stolen bikes -
    I got a little sorry for myself when it happened, but now I just hope someone else is enjoying them - whoever they might be.

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    It looks like something that was sitting in a garage and could easily have been tossed. Those of us who know great old bikes would never just chuck such a gem in the dumpster, but to most people, it is just an old bike that would cost too much to fix up. Most people think tires, tune-up and who knows what else -- damn I am just gonna just buy a new bike. Oh, and at my age I want those upright bars on a hybrid or mountain bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manofsteel View Post
    I had a show in Amsterdam, and wanted a bike to get around. A native dutch girl friend of mine told me to just buy one from a drug addict off the street for $10. It was one of those old, big, black Dutch cruisers(loops or giants?) Anyway, this is apparently accepted there with no judgements of good or bad, wrong or right. You buy one for $10, it gets stolen and sold for $10, you buy another for $10, until eventually you probably get your original bike back. Here in NYC, I would never leave any of my bikes outside unless I wanted someone to take them. I've had my share of stolen bikes -
    I got a little sorry for myself when it happened, but now I just hope someone else is enjoying them - whoever they might be.

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    incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
    You could post an advert on Craig's List in the Lost and Found section. Say something like a "I found a bike, describe it and you can claim it." kind of ad.

    At least then you have made an attempt. Just sayin'.
    I would do this, and definitely NOT post of a picture, of course. Chances are no one would claim it, and I vote for a homeless dumpster find as well. But at least you could say you tried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    incorrect.

    Hey botto - What's incorrect? Are you exiled in Amsterdam?
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    Quote Originally Posted by manofsteel View Post
    Hey botto - What's incorrect? Are you exiled in Amsterdam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by manofsteel View Post
    this is apparently accepted there with no judgements of good or bad, wrong or right.

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    If I follow the logic of this thread, then almost every bike I found at the flea market is stolen. In reality, a LOT of them have moving company stickers on them. Unclaimed storage, etc etc.. Thinking a bike is stolen simply because of the person it was purchased from is kind of ignorant in my humble opinion. I almost did the same thing the other night, sitting on the patio of a BBQ restaurant. This guy rides up asking for money riding a Ross Mt Whitney. It was all I could do to keep from offering the guy $40-$60 for it. I didn't have any cash on me unfotunately. Bike theft is an often unreported, and more importantly never investigated crime. Getting a stolen bicycle back is next to impossible. As an old saying goes...Wish in one hand and **** in the other, see which one fills up first. Congrats on a nice find!! I just bought a stolen Grand Record last night for $100, hehe.,,,,BD

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    Rationalization: the process of constructing a logical justification for a belief, decision, action or lack thereof that was originally arrived at through a different mental process. It is a defense mechanism in which unacceptable behaviors or feelings are explained in a rational or logical manner; this avoids the true explanation of the behavior or feeling in question.
    I think as collectors of C&V bikes we have a duty to use reasonable care to make sure the bikes we are buying have been acquired legitimately. The law agrees with this. 2 homeless guys taking 3 bikes to a bike store whose owner told them he would give them $40 per bike, sight unseen, should send up some serious red flags. This sounds exactly like Igor Kenk in Toronto.

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    Sounds like the "homeless guys" are just bottom rung bike flippers. If they know the thrift store owner pays $40 for bikes and they come across a garage sale bike for $10...it's not any different than what a number of us do via ebay and CL. Don't assume everyone who looks a little scruffy is a thief.
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    I recently bought a bike off ebay. It went for considerably more than $60, but that is neither here nor there. Like Exit, I assume the seller had a right to sell the bike, but truth is, have no proof or indeed any evidence of this fact. The seller had possession, now he has my money, and I have the possession. I bought it in good faith, by the way. How is this different from what Exit has done?

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