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Not C&V but a touching story of a bike being returned to its owner

Old 01-12-17, 02:39 PM
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Not C&V but a touching story of a bike being returned to its owner

He thought the bike was stolen, so he bought it

Just read this and thought the community would appreciate it.
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This is great story. Perhaps years from now the owner will post a picture of his Felt on the C&V forum and retell his story. He could lead off with ‘What’s that over there behind the tree?"
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That is good. Thanks for posting.

Would have been even better if he'd have told the guys, " hold the bike while I take a pic, I want to send it to my girlfriend."
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Two bikes and he feels like a rich man.

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That's an awesome story! Restores my faith in humanity just a little lol

When I was first getting into vintage bmx bikes I couldn't afford any that I liked, so I figured I'd collect a few old free bikes that my girlfriend's grandfather was giving away, and try to trade them for a vintage bmx project.

I eventually found a sweet early 80s Redline MX-II in a second hand bike shop for only $100! I managed to trade a couple of old 26" Schwinns I had gotten for free for it, and figured I'd clean it all up and then try to flip it and get the GT Performer I really wanted.

After totally overhauling all of the bearings and detailing everything I listed it on CL and hit the sack.

A few hours later my girlfriend wakes me up saying that my phone has been going off like crazy, and that eveyone in the online vintage bmx community (which I was completely new to at the time) is saying that I'm a bike theif, and accusing me of trying to sell a stolen bike... Because I was asleep and not replying to anyone they were all ready to come hunt me down! Even found out my address and everything!

After a ton of confusion I finally got to talk on the phone with the supposed rightful owner of the Redline, and as it turns out it was the guy's childhood bike he had kept since new. He had lots of his old bmx bikes from his childhood, and kept them all in working order for his kids and their friends to use.

Apparently he had let a neighborhood girl ride it home, and she was to return it later... Instead her boyfriend took it, brought it to the next town over, and sold it to the second hand bike shop for a quick $40... That's where I got the bike. It took A LOT of convincing to finally get everyone to calm down and hear my side of the story.

He had lots of pictures and proof, and it was obviously his bike, so I arranged for us to meet up at the bike shop the next morning and I would return his bike to him.

He showed up with police to file a report and to make sure everything went ok (I don't blame him) and we all 3 worked everything out. The Redline owner, the bike shop owner, and I.

The Redline was returned to it's rightful owner, and I was given the option of taking my Schwinns back, taking cash, or something else in trade. I spotted a rare 1993 16" GT Jr Performer in the wall, and took that in trade knowing it had quite a bit of collector's value. Unfortunately the bike shop owner had to eat the $40 he paid for the stolen bike.

I later traded the little 16" GT for a sweet 20" GT just like I wanted, and the owner of the Redline and I kept in touch and became friends! He's even turned me on to a few local scores as a way of saying thanks!

Sorry for the long story, but I think it's a good one seeing how everything worked out. It's not too often someone gets their stolen bike back it BETTER condition than when it was stolen!

Here was the Redline after I had fixed it all up. I didn't change any of his parts. Just cleaned and serviced everything, plus fixed his chain line haha!



This was the GT Jr Performer I got after returning the Redline



And this is the 20" GT Vertigo that I traded the Jr For. All in all it took a lot of time and headache, but I got the old school GT I wanted and spent under $50 cash total which was to ship the Jr


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Nice story! Thanks for posting.
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Originally Posted by Dsprok
Nice story! Thanks for posting.
I really wish I could have gotten some pics of the look on his face as I took the bike out of my car and handed it to him. He just lit up with relief and joy as he realized that not a thing was damaged, and he had actually gotten it back.

He said it had been missing for well over a week, and had just about given up hope of ever finding it.

It really is a great thing to see someone reunited with a beloved bike that they thought was gone forever
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When I was a kid my yellow '78 Schwinn Scrambler was stolen right out of my garage. It was my life and was the first time I ever said a cuss word. I still miss that bike. I ended up getting a new Mongoose to replace it, though, so it was all good.
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Great story, thanks for posting...uplifting...
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