A couple of months ago my GF called me at work one evening to tell me that my Vivalo had been stolen. I had kept it locked to her Schwinn in front of her Tokyo apartment. It was far from the nicest bike parked in front of the building, but the lock had been cut, and my bike was gone, though the thief left her new Schwinn untouched.
Yesterday I was walking my dog along the Sumida river looking at the countless bikes parked here and there. Amid them I noticed a frame to which was attached a rear wheel, seat and seatpost, and a stem with bullhorn bars. It was my bike!
Looking at what was left of it, I noticed a few changes. The Kalloy seatpost and 3T stem had been replaced by Nitto and Sugino NJS parts, my Selle Turbo saddle had been replaced by a Brooks with large copper rivets. The rusty axle nuts on the rear wheel had been replaced by new, red-anodized hardware. But the front wheel was missing, as was the chainring.
All I can figure was that the moron who stole my bike added a few upgrades, and then fate came around in the form of another thief. In addition to the other decent parts the first thief had put on, he probably added an aerospoke or something else theft-worthy, as well as a some kind of trick chainring.
Anyway, I'm glad to have my bike back. The Brooks, seatpost, and new stem more than make up for the cost of my having to replace the front wheel and chain ring. I should have it back on the road next weekend when I have a chance to pick up the parts.