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Old 04-19-05, 07:43 PM   #1
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chicago: red cinelli track stolen

if you live in chicago you may know or know of mike morell and his bike, a really sweet red cinelli track. that was until this morning when someone stole it.

in his words:

"Handsome reward offered for the return of or information leading to the return of a stolen red Cinelli track bike. The bike was stolen sometime between 1am and 630am on the morning of April 19 from a street pole on the corner of Leavitt and Cortez. The bike is 50 cm, red with chrome chain stays and has a campy front hub and phil wood rear hub. She was my dream bike."

any details or insight:
mike_morell@hotmail.com

please keep you're eyes open, it's a hard bike to miss. i don't know how he had it locked, but he's a smart guy so i'm sure it wasn't just roped to the pole.

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Old 04-19-05, 07:52 PM   #2
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F! i can really sympathize with this guy. maybe everyone should learn from this... never leave your dream bike unattended!! and especially not locked to a Fn pole from 1-6:30am!!! unbelievable.
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Old 04-19-05, 08:01 PM   #3
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i agree ... sometimes people get a little lax and fall into the 'it won't happen to me or this is an okay neighborhood, etc.' syndrome. and it only takes one time and *poof* your bike is gone.

to mike's credit, he's really a bright guy, bright cyclist, etc. and until i hear from him how he had it locked, i don't want to assume it was half-assed. but maybe this was his one-time, it'll be okay blunder.

... blunder, what a great word. sort of like sack as in the visigoths sacked rome ... anyway ...
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Is it time to start another "this dude's sweet bike was stolen who we don't know but we should feel obligated to donate" fund?
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Old 04-19-05, 08:09 PM   #5
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apparently the person/people or better yet a**holes dug out the pole.

as for the fund ... i just thought since so many chicago people are on here, and who knows how many who just look and don't post, the chances of finding it or getting info would be higher.
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Old 04-19-05, 08:22 PM   #6
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Yeah I got an email about this from Susan Peithman on the Circle Cycle Club listserv, that really sucks but sounds like an odd choice of a lockup spot. At least it will be a lot more obvious/unique than something like a stock Bianchi Pista.
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Old 04-19-05, 08:40 PM   #7
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I know that Cinelli. It's a beautiful bike. I feel sad.

That said, a pole in Chicago is suspect. My roommate's bike got stolen the same way over the pole actually - all they had to do was unscrew the sign up top. 1am - 6am is tough. Also, Leavitt and Cortez isn't the best area. Especially for a bike as sweet as that. Those were three things working against him, it was tempting fate. It still sucks arse.

I'll be on the lookout.
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here's a pic of Morell's Cinelli from the Chicago Cuttin Crew Classis in 04:
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man, how could he leave that beauty outside overnight like that!?!
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I'm willing to bet he was getting lucky with someone who wouldn't let him bring the bike inside...

Just a theory.
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Is this Mike Morell?



It's super sad. Just remember this, in acts of human aggression, the victim is NEVER at fault; no matter how "stupid" he/she was before hand. I know...common sense says otherwise, but it could happen to anyone.
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i can sympathize as a Cinelli owner myself. hope some miracle has his name on it.
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I know in hindsight Mike could kick himself.
I've done similar things.
How sad.

When I consider the misery something like this causes a person like Mike (not specifically Mike, but anyone), I find myself wondering what kind of person would steal a bike like this?
And not just a bike, but this type of bike.
A fixed gear rider?

Here in Bend, they tell me we have mostly professional bike thieves.
Because of the nature of this community we have mega-super-expensive bikes all over the place.
According to those in the know, the professionals come through in vans, steal the bikes, take them to another community to sell them, and then steal a round of bikes in that community and move on to the next town.

And that raises another question: who buys these bikes?
And how much does a stolen $6000 bike cost?
Do bike shops buy them and sell them as new bikes?
As used bikes?
Do the bike shops not know?

I couldn't live with myself if I bought a stolen bike.

But why steal a fixed gear bike?
Maybe I don't understand their popularity in the big city.
Here in Bend, I couldn't give mine away.
Only another fixed gear rider would want it, and we don't have very many here.
I see a fixed or SS conversion maybe once a month, and never a track bike.

Anyway, I don't understand how one person could cause someone like Mike, or anyone, that kind of heartache.
I suppose someone who has never cared for anything or loved anything or anyone, or felt loved himself.

A beautiful bike: I almost wish 165 hadn't posted a picture of it.

Do any of these stolen bikes ever reappear?
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mike is super cool. i can pretty much come up with one thing that would lead me to ditch my ride from one to 6:30 am...i hope she was hot...

ken cox...do any of these stolen bikes ever reappear?
http://www.prairiepathcycles.com/Ath...005/0313st.htm
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Is this Mike Morell?

yep, that's him and his bike.
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no matter how hot she is, a woman who doesn't let me bring my bike upstairs is no woman for me.
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I knew of a ring of bike thieves that operated somewhere near ashland & augusta a few years back. They used to offer me stolen bikes all the time. I'll ask around.
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oh man are you kidding me! not only do I know
Mike well from TdC, but I also live one block away
from Leavitt @ Cortez. I personally think I live in
a perfectly great area (especially for biking), but I
guess not. Man I used to lock up outside all the
time overnight before I moved in. I will definitely
be on the look out for Mike's ride. Maybe an
alleycat should get organized to help him out?

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Would something like this be covered under a renter's policy? I know if the bike was in the apartment it would but outside?? I know that homeowner policies can cover things when you are traveling etc...that's why I ask.
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I'm not dissing Leavitt and Cortez - the area's fine. But Wicker and Bucktown still have remnants of a changing gentrifying neighbourhood. Western is like an invisible line that separates Wicker from Logan/WestTown. Wicker Park/Bucktown etc, are all great for biking but that's also what makes it more of a target - there are so many people who ride their bikes everyday (as opposed to those summer riders) than other neighbourhoods and there are a lot of nice bikes out there. I've heard and have been secondhand experienced to one too many stolen bikes in the neighbourhood. Marta's bike was stolen right from the park triangle during the afternoon on a weekday while she was visiting a friend for HALF AN HOUR. That's hardcore.

That said, a bike as nice as that locked up to a pole (which in Chicago are extremely suspect - in the ground, screwed down to a base, nothing up top that you couldn't screw off and lift up if you had a van to stand up on) in the middle of the night is a hard situation to beat.

But sorry Jeff - didn't mean to diss the neighbourhood.
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Would something like this be covered under a renter's policy? I know if the bike was in the apartment it would but outside?? I know that homeowner policies can cover things when you are traveling etc...that's why I ask.
Renter's insurance, if you have it, would cover it with a deductible. With a nice bike like that, the deductible might not be too bad and would certainly be worth it.
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Renter's insurance, if you have it, would cover it with a deductible. With a nice bike like that, the deductible might not be too bad and would certainly be worth it.
hope you have reciepts for anything you ever hope to see any money back on! without reciepts i got exactly zero for my nearly new bike (that i bought used for cash with no reciept) when it got stolen.

so when your buying those expensive bikes and bits, KEEP THE RECIEPTS!!!
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hope you have reciepts for anything you ever hope to see any money back on! without reciepts i got exactly zero for my nearly new bike (that i bought used for cash with no reciept) when it got stolen.

so when your buying those expensive bikes and bits, KEEP THE RECIEPTS!!!
I was also told that videos and photographs work very well too.
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If you have a friend at an LBS, that'd also help. When I was getting my bike replaced when a car hit me last year (I've had a bit of bad luck on the bike in recent months...) I got the bike appraised at an LBS and they gave me the exact dollar amount.
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Is it time to start another "this dude's sweet bike was stolen who we don't know but we should feel obligated to donate" fund?
i like the way you can spend all day posting on a forum with people you dont know, ask for/give/take advice from people you dont know, and locate every thread where someone has bad luck to restate the fact that you dont know them.

computers are nice that way.
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