I have been thinking about this a lot lately so I decided to post about it. I go to school in Jersey city and on more than one occasion have seen bikes that to me are more than likely stolen. This will come off as racist or stereotypical but its not, really I just mean there are just some signs that a bike may not belong to the rider.
Example one: A hispanic man, dirty work clothes, heavy work boots on top of a Trek 2000 with shimano ultegra pedals, saddle bag, topeak frame pump, and cateye computer. Oh and the bars were turned up suicide style.
Example two: White guy, missing several teeth, grungy clothes, work boots, beard, looked strung out, riding a Giant XTC, time pedals, SID fork, raceface cranks.
In both cases the bike were ill fitting size wise, like blatantly two small or big. I have seen things like this on several occasions and it kind of bothers me. I mean I could totally be wrong and those bikes could be theirs, in that case I feel bad because their bikes were not properly fitted for them and they deserve a fitted bike since they both dropped some coin. However somethings just kind of stand out and lead me to believe that a bike may not be being ridden by the rightful owner. There are just certain little things that you usually only see on a real cyclists bike, bottle cages, computers, saddle bags, etc. I always wondered what would happen if I went up to them and asked where they got the bike. Would they drop it and run? Would they attack me? Would they reply with directions to the nearest LBS? I always feel bad because I know how pissed/sad I would be if I lost one of my bikes.
What do you guys think? Am I profiling people? Has anyone else seen something like this? What would you guys do?