Originally Posted by Kurogashi
I'm curious, how did it get stolen in the first place? Was it not locked with a U-lock? Grats on the recovery, your gf is lucky to have a guy who went through all that trouble.
It was locked with a pretty hefty (and recent model) U-lock to some kind of clamp-type rack at UQAM (haven't seen one myself--I'm in LA). They broke the rack to get the bike-- the lock wasn't left behind. I suspect it took from tuesday to friday to get the lock off the bike. There are also more and more stories here in LA of people having U-locks broken-- there are some recent pics posted at midnightridazz.
Edit: she finally picked up the bike from the shop and the U-lock was still on it. The lights (cheap ones) were gone, and the thief had added a saddle pad (odd...a strange attempt to disguise it?). She also said that the rack it was locked to is still all bent up and people don't try to lock to it.
When I was reading about bike theft in Montreal and Toronto I saw a lot of stories of people finding their bikes again on CL and/or pawn shops, particularly higher end and more recognizable bikes. Monitoring CL is really easy-- there are RSS feeds on all the for sale pages, so I was just using my mail client to monitor all the bikes for sale ads within about 200 miles of Montreal. The thief unloaded it less than a mile from where it was stolen for next to nothing, and the shop owner posted something to the effect that they knew the bike was stolen and wanted to get it back to the owner.
Last edited by bitingduck; 11-25-09 at 02:16 AM.