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Old 08-13-09, 06:54 PM   #1
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Ever see another cyclist that makes ya go "huh"?

Saw the strangest thing today.. seemed really really out of place, but I let it go. Heck, had no idea what if anything I should do.

Came up on a guy riding that was in totally scruffy clothes.. Almost, but not quite the homeless look. I'd say cross between slovenly construction worker and homeless. Bike was obviously too big, and had SPD-SL's on it that he was using with what looked like beat to death construction boots. He couldn't ride the bike, he was all over the MUP.

The bike was a Pinarello Prince. Imaculate.

I did nothing, but it's nagging me. It was just *wrong*. What would you do in my situation?
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call the cops to report a stolen bike?
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call the cops to report a stolen bike?
That was my initial thought... But other than it just felt "wrong" I had nothing to go on. But we're talking $4500 for the frameset on the bike, and the guy looked like a Magna/Huffy/Roadmaster rider
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Ten bucks says he stole it. Riding a fancy road bike with clipless pedals, in construction boots? He was riding it to the closest pawn shop.
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I suppose I'd call the cops and say, "Look, this isn't an emergency. It might not even be a crime. But I thought you ought to know...." and then give them the story.

Maybe he was a thief. Maybe he had quit taking his meds and was going out of his mind. Maybe all was legitimate and he's "eccentric". But I sure wouldn't put any money on that.
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Punch him and take the bike.

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If it was really bothering me all that much I would call the cops and give his description. I would say that you had a run in with him and he smelled like whiskey and was threatening to beat you up for whatever reason. If the cops happen to find him and match the description they would have probable cause to get his ID and check him out. If everything came back clean then he was on the up and up, no harm no foul. On the other hand maybe he was riding a stolen bike and you helped catch him.
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Saw the strangest thing today.. seemed really really out of place, but I let it go. Heck, had no idea what if anything I should do.

Came up on a guy riding that was in totally scruffy clothes.. Almost, but not quite the homeless look. I'd say cross between slovenly construction worker and homeless. Bike was obviously too big, and had SPD-SL's on it that he was using with what looked like beat to death construction boots. He couldn't ride the bike, he was all over the MUP.

The bike was a Pinarello Prince. Imaculate.

I did nothing, but it's nagging me. It was just *wrong*. What would you do in my situation?
At best this sounds a little fishy, if it's true and you don't call the authorities find him again and offer him $200 for the bike.
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That was my initial thought... But other than it just felt "wrong" I had nothing to go on. But we're talking $4500 for the frameset on the bike, and the guy looked like a Magna/Huffy/Roadmaster rider
Yeah. It's like a black guy in a mercedes. way to jump to conclusions!
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Odds are, he was in the act of stealing it.

But knowing it and proving it are two different things. If you had a camera, it might have been good to take a picture, just in case you heard about someone's Pinarello being stolen.

Your description almost fit the guy I saw pedaling off on my Bianchi Eros.
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Saw the strangest thing today.. seemed really really out of place, but I let it go. Heck, had no idea what if anything I should do.

Came up on a guy riding that was in totally scruffy clothes.. Almost, but not quite the homeless look. I'd say cross between slovenly construction worker and homeless. Bike was obviously too big, and had SPD-SL's on it that he was using with what looked like beat to death construction boots. He couldn't ride the bike, he was all over the MUP.

The bike was a Pinarello Prince. Imaculate.

I did nothing, but it's nagging me. It was just *wrong*. What would you do in my situation?
If he didn't look athletic, I'd say it was a stolen bike. It doesn't sound like he matches the bike.
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If it was really bothering me all that much I would call the cops and give his description. I would say that you had a run in with him and he smelled like whiskey and was threatening to beat you up for whatever reason. If the cops happen to find him and match the description they would have probable cause to get his ID and check him out. If everything came back clean then he was on the up and up, no harm no foul. On the other hand maybe he was riding a stolen bike and you helped catch him.
Good plan; call the cops and fabricate a story about a stranger and accuse him of committing a crime, and if he's otherwise "clean" maybe he will be allowed to go on his way.

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Old 08-14-09, 06:23 AM   #14
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Yeah, Yeah, call the cops. Maybe it's a Harvard Professor doing his thing, and we can all have a barrel of laffs; again!
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Old 08-14-09, 06:30 AM   #15
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He was probably Canadian.... Kidding of course.

I did what someone suggested above once ... saw the same thing with some other circumstances that made it pretty obvious what the situation was. I engaged the dude in conversation at a stop and he asked me for money. I offered to buy the bike and he sold me the freakin' thing for $100! I unzipped the tool bag and whipped out the money. Next thing you know, I was riding down the road one-handed towing a bike with the other. I GOT STOPPED AND ASKED!! It wasn't quite as nice as the one described but, it was a spotless 2005 Lemond Tourmalet. I did the research and found that it was stolen and a cooperative police department put me in touch with the rightful owner and all was good. The guy gave me the 100.00 back that I spent to buy it and was overwhelmed at happiness at getting his bike back. Reward (wouldn't take his) for me was seeing his face and being able to set up the reunion with bike. Hope someone does the same for me one day if I need it. Know what I mean?
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Maybe see if he will talk to you? Ask some technical questions about the bike?
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I once saw a guy riding a new Trek Madone that was two sizes too small down the sidewalk in a "not so great" part of town. He had a t-shirt, shorts, and baseball cap on and he was about fifty pounds overweight. Same deal. He was riding in tennis shoes on clipless pedals. I did exactly what you did. Nothing. Every fiber of my being told me that the bike was stolen. The guy was African American too so some part of me was accusing myself of being racist. Ugh!
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Yeah. It's like a black guy in a mercedes. way to jump to conclusions!
Sometimes if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck; it is indeed a duck.
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I saw a guy like that once. I asked him how he was liking the new bike. He said something like "uh, good" and I went on my way (I was late for work). You have to be careful here, though, because of the school. It's not uncommon to see raggy looking kids riding expensive bikes on campus.
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Yeah. It's like a black guy in a mercedes. way to jump to conclusions!
wait, what?

You're going to condemn someone for stereotyping by throwing out another one?
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difficult sitaution indeed....4,500 buck bike with working boots? big RED FLAG...i guess reporting a suspect to the police would be a good idea...most have been hard to pedal....
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wait, what?

You're going to condemn someone for stereotyping by throwing out another one?
I was being facetious!
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Sometimes its just an eccentric goose though
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Sometimes its just an eccentric goose though
Did he look like this eccentric goose? Call the cops, he MUST be up to no good, just listen to him honk.
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At least he's riding =D
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