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    Bike Theft Justice!

    This was in the paper a few days ago, I've seen this guy around, too.

    http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/loc...-4644828c.html

    Pedal power thwarts thieves
    Watch it, low-lifes -- city's cyclists have each other's backs

    Fri Sep 7 2007

    By Geoff Kirbyson

    NEVER underestimate the power of Winnipeg's cycling subculture.

    Jacques Marcoux was going about his business recently on one of his last days as a summer intern in Investors Group's marketing department when his phone rang.

    "We've got your bike back," were the first words he heard.

    "I didn't even know it had been stolen in the first place," he said in an interview.

    The University of Manitoba student, former competitive cyclist and two-wheel commuter goes everywhere on his modified race bike, complete with mountain bike handlebars and red wheel rims.

    That day, he returned from lunch a few minutes late and instead of securing his bike in the basement as he usually did, he locked it up to a rack on Portage Avenue, close to Investors Group's front door and near a bus stop.

    The next time the bike was seen, it was being walked down Main Street near James Avenue by a couple of youths, probably 18 or 19 years old. That's when bike courier John Stillwell cycled by. He didn't know Marcoux, but he recognized the bike because he saw its owner regularly cycling the downtown streets.

    "I'm buddies with a few of the bike couriers. Because we used to race competitively, we'll nod or wave at each other, compare bikes and chit chat at red lights," Marcoux said.

    Stillwell pulled up beside the pair, who asked him if he wanted to buy the bike for $20. (Marcoux shudders at the offer because he says his bike is worth 100 times that.)

    The young men said they found it in the bush down by the river and it was now rightfully theirs.

    Stillwell told them he knew the bike's owner and if they returned it to him, he might give them a reward. They refused and it didn't take long for things to escalate.

    After Stillwell told them he knew they had stolen the bike, the pair threatened to throw it into the rush hour traffic. He tried to block them from doing so when one youth hopped on the bike and took off, and the other tried to push Stillwell into traffic.

    Bike couriers habitually keep their U-locks in their back pocket, so when he was under siege, Stillwell reached back and threatened to knock the guy's block off with it. The kid backed off.

    He then jumped back on his bike and chased the other youth. Considering he speeds through traffic for a living, it was only a couple of blocks until he had caught up with the thief at a meridian.
    "I was screaming at him at this point, 'if you like having teeth, hop off!' He did," Stillwell said.

    He then steered Marcoux's bike, while riding his own, to Natural Cycle, the closest cycling shop in the area. He asked the staff there to call around to other bike shops, confident that somebody would know how to contact the owner of the unique 10-speed. When they called Bikes and Beyond, Allan Scott, a friend of Marcoux's picked up the phone, recognized the description and called Marcoux to give him the good news.

    Happy to have his bike back -- despite its adventure, it doesn't have a single scratch on it -- Marcoux didn't file a police report.

    Stillwell, who has worked for Rene's Courier for the past two years, spends about five hours a day in the saddle pedaling between 40 and 60 kilometres around downtown. (The rest of the time he's riding elevators.)

    "I've had bikes stolen and parts of bikes stolen," he said. "It's pretty crazy how hard it is to keep a bike if you lock it up downtown."

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    Right On!

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    Sweet.

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    nice

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    I especially like the "If you like having teeth, hop off!" bit.

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    I think the lesson of this article is, "Don't **** with the couriers."

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    Oh relax.. the owner probably didnt lock it properly and the kids were just trying to teach him a lesson.
    lamalex?

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    Heh.

    Good story.
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    I explained that he could never pay me enough cash for the amount of work I had put into that bike and the only way to compensate me for it was to ride the hell out of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deathhare View Post
    Oh relax.. the owner probably didnt lock it properly and the kids were just trying to teach him a lesson.
    lamalex?
    DON'T... bring that up. Ugly chapter in BFSSFG needs to be left buried.
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    Just because I'm not angry anymore doesn't mean I don't think bossmoniker and every other hipster **** I see riding around on aerowheels isn't a piece of **** thats only use is to be an easy target for ridicule.

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    those kids must be ****ing stupid.

    "hey we found this, want to give us twenty bucks for it?"

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    that made me smile real big.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CF4L View Post
    oh man.

    oh, and anyone have pics of the ride?
    ....click the link...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boss Moniker View Post
    DON'T... bring that up. Ugly chapter in BFSSFG needs to be left buried.
    No way. Someone has to tell me what deathhare is going on about.
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    That was pretty action-packed. I love a story about riders sticking together.
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    what a hero!

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    another reason to have a unique lookin' ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by br995 View Post
    No way. Someone has to tell me what deathhare is going on about.
    http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=341125

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    On behalf of NorCal, "hella," to the story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deathhare View Post
    Oh relax.. the owner probably didnt lock it properly and the kids were just trying to teach him a lesson.
    lamalex?
    Hmm, not sure if this is in good humour or you're being a dick, I'll give you benefit of the doubt.
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    Thats awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lamalex View Post
    Hmm, not sure if this is in good humour or you're being a dick, I'll give you benefit of the doubt.
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    Not being a dick to you.

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    What if they were blaxicans

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    iraqxicans?

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    Teefs in da wind. Nice catch.

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