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Old 11-24-23, 10:05 PM
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Originally Posted by merziac
Time for a covert extraction.
I would DEFINITELY extract this bicycle! The lugs, the Vitus tubing — what's not to like? Some of the gear on it looks very juicy too. Just gotta match a fork for the geometry. I hope you keep us posted. This hulk is screaming for a rescue!
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Originally Posted by Lenton58
I would DEFINITELY extract this bicycle! The lugs, the Vitus tubing — what's not to like? Some of the gear on it looks very juicy too. Just gotta match a fork for the geometry. I hope you keep us posted. This hulk is screaming for a rescue!
Not my doing, hopefully it is liberated at some point once and for all.
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Originally Posted by merziac
Not my doing, hopefully it is liberated at some point once and for all.
I've not lived in Canada for many years, and I don't know about urban life in the USA. So I am wondering and asking myself this question:

If a person can provide some evidence that a bicycle has been abandoned, is there an authority in either Canadian or American cities that one can appeal to in order to gain possession? Some apparently abandoned bicycles that have appeared in these many pages are just too rich and enviable to end up in some destructive city removal program.

One interesting segue involves something I came across on my last visit "home" to Vancouver in 2017: not far from a friend's downtown shop in a landmark city square was a scruffy, but otherwise very tasty bicycle anchored to a pole. I asked my friend about it because it was there every day for some weeks — apparently unmoved. My friend told be it was a "decoy" bicycle. Bicycle theft had become so rampant that city authorities had staked out some bicycles with electronic devices installed in them. If removed, they could be tracked and perhaps lead to the apprehension of the culprits — chop shop operators and so on. I took this as more than just BS because Mr friend is very up on city affairs.
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Old 11-25-23, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Lenton58
I've not lived in Canada for many years, and I don't know about urban life in the USA. So I am wondering and asking myself this question:

If a person can provide some evidence that a bicycle has been abandoned, is there an authority in either Canadian or American cities that one can appeal to in order to gain possession? Some apparently abandoned bicycles that have appeared in these many pages are just too rich and enviable to end up in some destructive city removal program.

One interesting segue involves something I came across on my last visit "home" to Vancouver in 2017: not far from a friend's downtown shop in a landmark city square was a scruffy, but otherwise very tasty bicycle anchored to a pole. I asked my friend about it because it was there every day for some weeks — apparently unmoved. My friend told be it was a "decoy" bicycle. Bicycle theft had become so rampant that city authorities had staked out some bicycles with electronic devices installed in them. If removed, they could be tracked and perhaps lead to the apprehension of the culprits — chop shop operators and so on. I took this as more than just BS because Mr friend is very up on city affairs.
Not sure of any of this, in PDX nobody would question you much as far as I know.

No official channel to go through either that I know of.

The OP is in Brussels Belgium so who knows.

You could get the S/N and run it through the databases, authorities and otherwise but still no way to make any claim on it I think.

Many places do sweeps and auction unclaimed ones off at some point but it seems epidemic in Europe with mountains of bikes piling up to the point of overrun in places like Amsterdam and Copenhagen.
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Originally Posted by Lenton58
I've not lived in Canada for many years, and I don't know about urban life in the USA. So I am wondering and asking myself this question:

If a person can provide some evidence that a bicycle has been abandoned, is there an authority in either Canadian or American cities that one can appeal to in order to gain possession? Some apparently abandoned bicycles that have appeared in these many pages are just too rich and enviable to end up in some destructive city removal program.

One interesting segue involves something I came across on my last visit "home" to Vancouver in 2017: not far from a friend's downtown shop in a landmark city square was a scruffy, but otherwise very tasty bicycle anchored to a pole. I asked my friend about it because it was there every day for some weeks — apparently unmoved. My friend told be it was a "decoy" bicycle. Bicycle theft had become so rampant that city authorities had staked out some bicycles with electronic devices installed in them. If removed, they could be tracked and perhaps lead to the apprehension of the culprits — chop shop operators and so on. I took this as more than just BS because Mr friend is very up on city affairs.
If the decoy bike was left in one place too long with no hits, it becomes a moot point and waste of time, resources as nobody wants to mess with it one way or the other.
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slightly off topic but in Canada you can conduct your own check to see if a bike (or anything else that's serialized) is on file with the Police.

If you search "checking if a bike is stolen" you should find a link to the RCMP website.
You simply enter the serial number (called a PIN or Product Identification Number) and instantly you'll know of its on file. Very useful if you have concerns about sellers....
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Originally Posted by wgb
Lenton58 slightly off topic but in canada you can conduct your own check to see if a bike (or anything else that's serialized) is on file with the police. >>>>snip >>> ....
thanks wgb!
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This one passed me as I got onto 95S on the south side of Fredericksburg VA. Quebec plates. They made a gas stop in Thornburg so I took a pic and plugged BF to the owner. There destination was Florida. Anyway, the bike was sporting Campagnolo Veloce.

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Originally Posted by CMAW
This one's probably going to die in the streets here. Never heard of a "Del Puppo" brand, almost sounds like a joke for a French bike, but I found some pics online and this: one man operation, made to measure bikes, based in Sainte Florine in the vicinity of Clermond Ferrond, existed for 31 years, folded in 2009.


Beautiful lug work.........
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Old 12-01-23, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by merziac
Not my doing, hopefully it is liberated at some point once and for all.
Well, it's still there. I did prepare but I'm a woossy thief and that U-lock is huge...

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Originally Posted by Lenton58
I've not lived in Canada for many years, and I don't know about urban life in the USA. So I am wondering and asking myself this question:

If a person can provide some evidence that a bicycle has been abandoned, is there an authority that one can appeal to in order to gain possession?
Aficionado speaking! You know as well as I do (if you live in a big city) that for any one bicycle advocate 10 deadbeats would bother the authorities for a free bike. Will not happen.
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Originally Posted by Lenton58
One interesting segue involves something I came across on my last visit "home" to Vancouver in 2017: not far from a friend's downtown shop in a landmark city square was a scruffy, but otherwise very tasty bicycle anchored to a pole. I asked my friend about it because it was there every day for some weeks — apparently unmoved. My friend told be it was a "decoy" bicycle. Bicycle theft had become so rampant that city authorities had staked out some bicycles with electronic devices installed in them. If removed, they could be tracked and perhaps lead to the apprehension of the culprits — chop shop operators and so on. I took this as more than just BS because Mr friend is very up on city affairs.
Your friend in Vancouver is correct; they're called bait bikes. https://vancouver.citynews.ca/2019/0...rogram-summer/
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Originally Posted by CMAW
Well, it's still there. I did prepare but I'm a woossy thief and that U-lock is huge...
Off to the big box for a battery powered angle grinder.
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While out to dinner with my daughter tonight, I spotted this Gary Fisher HKEK:
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This bike seems to live on the street.
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Partially stripped bicycles are a sadly common sight in New Orleans post-Mardi Gras, as people forget where they locked up or don't make it back til morning. Most of them aren't as nice as this one though.



I've never heard of this marque. The bike is clearly well-loved, I hope it makes its way home soon!
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Originally Posted by eeuuugh
Partially stripped bicycles are a sadly common sight in New Orleans post-Mardi Gras, as people forget where they locked up or don't make it back til morning. Most of them aren't as nice as this one though.



I've never heard of this marque. The bike is clearly well-loved, I hope it makes its way home soon!
"Dude, where's my bike?"
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Originally Posted by eeuuugh
Partially stripped bicycles are a sadly common sight in New Orleans post-Mardi Gras, as people forget where they locked up or don't make it back til morning. Most of them aren't as nice as this one though
I've never heard of this marque. The bike is clearly well-loved, I hope it makes its way home soon!
The clock is ticking.
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Nothing super special, but a fun jusxtaposition; a 1994 Trek 930 in front of a Schwinn Continental. Somehow I managed to leave the Trek alone, but it wasn't easy.


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Two good things happened on this ride

#1 I got a flat. Right outside a bike shop. Which had just opened. And had exactly the right size tube.

#2 When I got where I was going there was a great excuse to post a pic of one of my bikes:




(the brown one).
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Nice Fisher Excalibur locked up. The owner came out when he saw me taking pictures. He admired my Ritchey.







Nicely maintained.




Original "BULLMOOSE" stamp peeking out of the handlebar.

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Nice Fisher Excalibur locked up. The owner came out when he saw me taking pictures. He admired my Ritchey.







Nicely maintained.




Original "BULLMOOSE" stamp peeking out of the handlebar.

I’ve seen this Excalibur around San Anselmo too. One year only model (1985) renamed ProCaliber in 1986. Has the steel clamp on chrome-moly Bullmoose bars as speced for the 20 and 21 inch models. The 18 and 19 inch versions came with the aluminum model (that was recalled). When I bought my 1985 Comp I had choice, went with the aluminum which I cut down rather than exchange when they were recalled.


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I’m in Durham/NC ATM

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This one's in good nick:

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