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Old 04-15-10, 10:43 AM
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300 Stolen Bikes...

Some time ago, apparently, a bike thief was busted in Toronto. Over 2000 bicycles were seized by the police. Time passed and now all of those bicycle must be sent somewhere to someone. About 300 of them made it to Thunder Bay.

I met with the Executive Director of the organization that has received the bicycles. With permission, a couple of Bicycles for Humanity volunteers, me being one of them, have volunteered our time and energy to help sort the bikes and prepare between 50 and 75 to be sent as soon as possible to a Northern Community.

Out team will begin sorting tomorrow and I will take lots of pictures. I spent about twenty minutes looking through the row upon row of bicycles. I saw mostly very high end bikes, both new and old.

There are mountain bikes, hybrids, modern road bikes, older roadsters, really old antiques, and quite a few vintage road bicycles, with names like Vitus, Bianchi, Sarinoni, Raleigh, and Peugeot, just to quickly name names that come to mind.

This should be a great deal of fun.

I will keep you guys and gals posted if interested.
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gold mine. It's a shame for those people whose bikes were stolen though.
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Most C&V's dream/nightmare - tons of bikes, many possible goldmines, probably enough potential to bankrupt a poor C&V'er such as myself.
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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
Some time ago, apparently, a bike thief was busted in Toronto. Over 2000 bicycles were seized by the police. Time passed and now all of those bicycle must be sent somewhere to someone. About 300 of them made it to Thunder Bay.

I met with the Executive Director of the organization that has received the bicycles. With permission, a couple of Bicycles for Humanity volunteers, me being one of them, have volunteered our time and energy to help sort the bikes and prepare between 50 and 75 to be sent as soon as possible to a Northern Community.

Out team will begin sorting tomorrow and I will take lots of pictures. I spent about twenty minutes looking through the row upon row of bicycles. I saw mostly very high end bikes, both new and old.

There are mountain bikes, hybrids, modern road bikes, older roadsters, really old antiques, and quite a few vintage road bicycles, with names like Vitus, Bianchi, Sarinoni, Raleigh, and Peugeot, just to quickly name names that come to mind.

This should be a great deal of fun.

I will keep you guys and gals posted if interested.
What's happening with the other 225?
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Old 04-15-10, 11:26 AM
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Its another peugeot U0-8, you can tell by the chrome back end, I'l take it home.
Pinarello? oh those are junkers, i'l take that to the dump on my way home
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What's really sad is that the guy that got busted probably got locked up for approximately 5 minutes.
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What's happening with the other 225?
Good question. As I understand things right now, and I have more to learn, to say the least, the balance of the bicycles will be released, in Thunder Bay, to non-profit organizations such as The Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers and Sisters, Salvation Army and the like. How this distribution is to be administered, is beyond me, at this point in time.

I wish I could go through the pile and buy bikes, that interest me, for a hundred dollars each. I would get some pretty nice old road bicycles - actually, really nice - unless my eyes have deceived me. But that will likely not be the case. The mandate is in place and the bikes are to be given to those in need. My guess is the pawn shops, along with the thieves, might also share in this bicycle bonanza.

Perhaps I am being too skeptical. Perhaps not. Time will tell and I do intend to keep an eye on what transpires.
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I'll take all the Vitus bikes with the super dangerous aluminum death forks out of their hands gladly. All the lead based paints on all those other bikes would be too dangerous to release to the general public!

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Make offers for the bikes once they have been released into the terrors of the wild and under-educated bike owners.
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Originally Posted by Fasteryoufool View Post
What's really sad is that the guy that got busted probably got locked up for approximately 5 minutes.
The Jerk in question is named Igor Kenk. Typical dirtbag, involved in drugs, theft, fencing of stolen goods, etc. Told the media here in TO that he was a millionaire and will be again, blah blah blah. feels that he was wronged when the Police redistributed "his" bicycles to other people and communities. what a joke.

As for jail time? kenk got 30 months in prision. But with over crowding and a penchant to award "double time" for those housed in the Don Jail in Toronto, he only served four months after sentencing. he was let out last month.

Heres where it gets really cool. A convicted terrorist got ONE DAY of jail here in Canada thanks to that double time feature. So, Canada treats bike thieves harder than admitted terrorists. But still, we are to weak on crime. :-(
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i had an 84 pewter Grandis, 62cm, all Campy NR, stolen out of my garage in 1987-- check and see if one o' those is in there...
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Wouldn't you end up better fixing up the collectibles, auctioning them, then buying other bikes with the proceeds? Honestly most of those folks would probably prefer (and get better use out of) a hybrid/commuter. You're the perfect person to volunteer for running that auction
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Wouldn't you end up better fixing up the collectibles, auctioning them, then buying other bikes with the proceeds?
This is what I would think best, also. Sadly, the mandate is to give the bicycles to needy people. Selling them is not acceptable, at this time. The mandate might offer some room to move once we have a chance to sort bikes and see exactly what we have.

Honestly most of those folks would probably prefer (and get better use out of) a hybrid/commuter.
You're the perfect person to volunteer for running that auction
I am the perfect person to put that idea into someone's head. Someone who has the authority to change the mandate, to meet sensible targets and needs. I think I have a perfect and timely solution, but first I must gather facts and information, in preparation to make a presentation to those who can authorize change. Wish me luck.

i had an 84 pewter Grandis, 62cm, all Campy NR, stolen out of my garage in 1987
It would be my pleasure to have a look and see if I can find such a steed.

Pictures tomorrow, if anyone is interested. I plan to take quite a few pictures and, perhaps, write a feature article about the adventure for MY "TEN SPEEDS".
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Well, that's good at it's at least a remote possibility. Everyone wins...people who appreciate them get neato old bikes, MORE needy people get bikes they need. Seems win-win to me.
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Originally Posted by Splashdown View Post
The Jerk in question is named Igor Kenk. Typical dirtbag, involved in drugs, theft, fencing of stolen goods, etc. Told the media here in TO that he was a millionaire and will be again, blah blah blah. feels that he was wronged when the Police redistributed "his" bicycles to other people and communities. what a joke.

As for jail time? kenk got 30 months in prision. But with over crowding and a penchant to award "double time" for those housed in the Don Jail in Toronto, he only served four months after sentencing. he was let out last month.

Heres where it gets really cool. A convicted terrorist got ONE DAY of jail here in Canada thanks to that double time feature. So, Canada treats bike thieves harder than admitted terrorists. But still, we are to weak on crime. :-(
"IGOR"??? Well, he won't be pumping somebody else's frame pumps anymore for a while........but then again, maybe he will...........if you know what I mean....

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There is a move afoot locally (tongue-in-cheek, I think, although you never can tell with them hipsters) to have Igor Kenk run for mayor.
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There is a move afoot locally (tongue-in-cheek, I think, although you never can tell with them hipsters) to have Igor Kenk run for mayor.
Nobody has tried to do an indie movie about him?

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There is a documentary being made about him.

The problem with the Igor case is that he didn't appear on the cop's radar until he started paying the thieves with drugs. Before that, he did what all of the other pawn shops do: take the name and address of the buyer and record it in a log. Crackheads don't mind giving you their name because they have nothing to lose...so, even though the pawn shop owner knows the item is probably stolen, he has obeyed the letter of the law and fears no reprisal from the police.

Uncle Jacob and other pawn shops are still doing the exact same thing that Igor did but they are paying the thieves in money, not drugs, so no law has been broken.
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Also, wouldn't it be smarter to auction off those nice bikes and use the funds for charity? I can't imagine a Bianchi being of much use to a kid on a reserve in Northern Ontario but perhaps the $300 that it could sell for might buy some books for the schools or some clothes for the community?
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Aren't you supposed to hang them from the ceilling?

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All I can say is watch your local craigslist after these go out, and/or put out reasonable offers. People in general don't know how to maintain--let alone fix--bikes, they will get repair/replace sticker shock at the lbs. Plus we are often steeped in bad habits--I know I am anyway--and come winter when the chain is grinding because you never oiled it, or the shifting is a little off, or it has a flat tire, or needs a cable. If you can get a bit of green$$ for that bike you got, maybe get a brand-spankin new Schwinn from Xmart, then heck yeah, sell that old bike to buy a new one and have $$ for smokes or better yet fund xmas. It's all good, let the hunt begin.
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What a good time...

What an interesting morning Clay and I had this morning. Clay is a fellow Bicycles for Humanity Volunteer and he offered to help me inventory and sort the bicycles for the present custodians.

We did not actually count the bicycles, yet, but that would be another story. We did sort and group into three categories: those in good shape and easy to make road worthy, those in reasonable shape but in need of more work and parts and those that were of Old School or Vintage design, such as roadsters, antiques, ten speeds(not newer road bikes).

Of the three hundred bikes on site, we found fifty, give or take a couple, that could be made road worthy, with little effort and cost. Another seventy five fell into the will probably be OK with time and money invested. For what it is worth, groups one and two consisted mostly of high end mountain and hybrid bicycles. The bulk of the on site inventory consisted of old roadsters, some antiques, a few vintage road bikes, a couple of newer road bikes and an assortment of special bikes, folding ones being the most prominent.

Once sorted, we chatted with Tammy, the lady in charge of the project, and shared the information that we had collected for her. She now has a starting point to begin making decisions. To that add that the fellow who started Bicycles for Humanity - Thunder Bay joined us for an hour or so.

Decisions can now be made, and with far greater reassurance, that viable bicycles will reach people who will get honest use out of them. I hope:-) Going back to tidy up some more on Monday.

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Looked like fun to see all those bikes, I'm quite jelous of your job!

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mid 90's alan carbon thing, with modolo speedy brakes, looks like a good bike
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I'm sure you are aware of this if you have any "overflow". https://takeonafrica.com/charity/bikes-for-africa/
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job!
Ya? Retirement is great except you never get a day off:-)


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