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Stolen Bike – Trek Madone 4.5 Serial Number EN14781

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demigod

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Jul 14 2011 at 8:19pm #

I am posting this for a friend.

I bike 15 miles each way to work in downtown Pittsburgh and yesterday between 4 and

430 my bike was stolen from a parking garage in downtown. There were 2 locks on it

and it was locked right next to the security guard. The thief cut off both locks

while the security guard watched him. I thought parking it there would be safe

because I foolishly assumed the guard would say something if he saw someone stealing

a bike. He said the thief told him he lost his key…both locks were combination

though. Another bike was also stolen from the same spot that day.

My bike is a 2009 Trek Madone 4.5 cararra blue and white in a size 50 (picture

below). The serial number is EN14781. Also, I recently crashed my bike and the

tape on the left drop is cut all the way through and the left shifter is scratched.

I’m thinking the thief might try to get the drops re-taped before he unloads it (I

was planning on getting that done last night), so it doesn’t look like it’s been

crashed before, or take it to get cleaned up (I rode it home in the awful storm

Monday afternoon), or something of that sort.

I know this is a long shot, but I would very much appreciate if you would inform

your employees and if anyone sees it to please call the police and contact me (info

below). I have grown very attached to it over the thousands of miles we’ve traveled

together and would love to get it back.

Thank you very much for your help!

Kristen Ehringer kehringer@hotmail.com 412-860-7378

Here is the info my bike again:2009 Trek Madone 4.5 Cararra blue and white, Size

50, Serial number: EN14781, Left shifter scratched Tape on left drop damaged (although

could easily be fixed)

Contact Information:Kristen Ehringer kehringer@hotmail.com 412-860-7378. Police Report

Number:11-129450


unixd0rk

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Jul 14 2011 at 8:26pm #

cable locks don’t work – they can be cut with hand tools in seconds. use a U-lock.


sloaps

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Jul 14 2011 at 8:30pm #

Are there cameras in the area?


demigod

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Jul 14 2011 at 8:40pm #

Yes, the police have the video feeds. I am just hoping someone sees the bike and the perp.


Marko82

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Jul 14 2011 at 8:58pm #

Will keep an eye out for it. Good luck.


mr marvelous

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Jul 14 2011 at 11:12pm #

What kind of lock did you use.


boostuv

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Jul 14 2011 at 11:26pm #

Will you host the pictures somewhere like tinypic.com and then post them so we can get an idea? I cant imagine a higher end bike like that being easy to get rid of.


Pseudacris

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Jul 15 2011 at 2:27am #

Which parking garage was this?


erok

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Jul 15 2011 at 3:15pm #

man, that sucks. def try to post a pic of at least a stock photo of it.


scott

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Jul 16 2011 at 12:46pm #

I think this is what it looks like. We’ll keep an eye out.


boostuv

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Jul 17 2011 at 6:14pm #

Hmm I def. saw a blue 4.5 yesterday in Southside Works at REI. I cant recall if it was black and blue or white and blue though.


flyS564

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Jul 17 2011 at 7:09pm #

That’s rough, I hope you find it and I will keep an eye open for it.

If I ever turn into a commuter again I wouldn’t use a good bike as much as I would prefer to however, my offices have always been bicycle friendly and I wheeled them in.


rogier

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Jan 3 2014 at 10:47am #

Coincidentally I noticed that the bike was sold (from the UK) on eBay : http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TREK-Bontrager-Racing-Bicycle-EN14781-/221281997861

Hope this helps to reclaim your bike.

Regards,
Rogier


neilmd

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Jan 3 2014 at 1:16pm #

I was about to ask someone to remove the SN from the posting when I realized when the original posting occurred. Still. Is there any way we can have a filter that somehow deletes all attempts to post a serial number?? Should there be a “how to post a stolen bike thread” notice on the forums home?


Steven

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Jan 3 2014 at 1:32pm #

Crashes are the other big cause of don’t-post-that advice. Maybe there should be a pinned thread like “Read before posting about a crash or stolen bike”, with advice on what to post (for stolen bike: type of lock, neighborhood, photo) or not to post for each.


gg

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Jan 3 2014 at 1:43pm #

neilmd wrote:I was about to ask someone to remove the SN from the posting when I realized when the original posting occurred. Still. Is there any way we can have a filter that somehow deletes all attempts to post a serial number?? Should there be a “how to post a stolen bike thread” notice on the forums home?

Interestingly, in this case the serial number might be a positive. This OP hasn’t been on here in a very long time. Anyone know him? Wonder if he got it back at some point?


rice rocket

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Jan 3 2014 at 2:00pm #

He works at Pro Bikes Sq Hill, no?


Swalfoort

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Jan 3 2014 at 2:18pm #

I sent him a PM, encouraging him to check back in to see this new post. Don’t know if he’ll get the PM or not, but that’s the best I could come up with.


ericf

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Jan 3 2014 at 3:05pm #

EN14781 is a Trek model number, not a serial number. I doubt the bike on ebay is the one in question.


rice rocket

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Jan 3 2014 at 3:08pm #

lolz.


Drewbacca

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Jan 3 2014 at 5:14pm #

ericf wrote:EN14781 is a Trek model number, not a serial number. I doubt the bike on ebay is the one in question.

There goes my James Bond conspiracy theory. Good catch.


jonawebb

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Jan 3 2014 at 8:07pm #

Thanks for clearing this up. I was envisioning bikes being surreptitiously shipped overseas for resale.


andyc

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Jan 7 2014 at 3:58pm #

We could have a version of that here.

Imagine:

The sun is setting over the south hills on a balmy summer night. Gruff looking men are using a gantry crane to load shipping containers full of bicycles onto a barge on the Mon.

Cue the sirens and hordes of police officers storming the place. 1000s of bullets fly, two policemen are hit in the arm, minions fly dead off of I-Beams and scaffolding!

Enter the 98 lb female cop single-handedly dispatching 3 250 lb yinzers at once!

I’ll let you fill in the rest. I should get back to work.


reddan

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Jan 7 2014 at 4:17pm #

We could have a version of that here.

Imagine:

The sun is setting over the south hills on a balmy summer night. Gruff looking men are using a gantry crane to load shipping containers full of bicycles onto a barge on the Mon.

Cue the sirens and hordes of police officers storming the place. 1000s of bullets fly, two policemen are hit in the arm, minions fly dead off of I-Beams and scaffolding!

Enter the 98 lb female cop single-handedly dispatching 3 250 lb yinzers at once!

I’ll let you fill in the rest. I should get back to work.

I like it. “Rivers of Steal”

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