Bikes Reported Stolen 2015
This thread is for reporting bikes stolen. Pittsburgh has been seeing a surge of bikes stolen lately, and we thought it deserved its own thread.
When your bike is stolen, you should report it here and on the BikingPgh.com Wiki page. The Wiki is easier to search than a message board, and is looked at by a lot of people. So please take the time to make an entry there.
Include these things in your report: 1) A description of your bike; 2) A photo of your bike; 3) When and where it was stolen; 4) How to reach you if someone sees it.
DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR BIKE’S SERIAL NUMBER IN YOUR REPORT! This is used by the police to verify that you actually own the bike, so you should keep it private.
To upload a photo here, first post the picture somewhere, for example Google+, Flickr, or Instagram, and make it publicly visible. Copy the image URL, and include it in your post here, enclosed in an “img” tag (see the HTML tags below the edit window for the syntax).
To edit the Wiki, you’ll need an account. PM me, @reddan, or @ted to get an account. Include your username and email. You can then edit the Wiki page directly. Look at the page for examples on how to structure your edits.
Good luck on getting your bike back. People do recover their bikes here, so please post.
If your bike hasn’t been stolen, please take a look at the Wiki and keep an eye out. You may make someone very happy!
Keeping your bike safe:
* You need a U-lock. A cable lock is not enough; a thief with a tool that can be carried in their pocket can cut the cable easily in seconds. See this video if you don’t believe this.
* This thread has a lot of good background info. Love your bike, lock it right
* There is also information on the Biking Pittsburgh Wiki on this: http://bikingpgh.com/index.php?title=Main_Page#Locking_and_Theft_Prevention
Tips and tricks
* Keep your U-lock key on a helmet strap, if you don’t have a better place to put it. A U-lock is no good if you don’t have the key.
* Every couple of months, oil the lock and make sure it works freely.
* If you are concerned about someone swiping your bike off the front of a bus–which has happened–keep a short bungee cord handy to wrap around the wheel that’s on the driver’s side when mounting. A thief isn’t likely to notice this.
Wanted to link to last year’s thread, as there are probably still some bikes out there in the hands of jerks.
A friend of mine had his bike stolen at the YMCA North side -Sat its a very dark blue Marin Sam Rafael,,,,they cut the heavy lock,,,,
Just found out the lock was not cut.The video shows 3 kids push the bike up the long steel pool the bike was locked to,,it took 20 min or so,,,,,they had to clime up with the bike to get it over the top lol,,,,No one working at the YMCA saw it happen but was on video at least,,,,,blue marin bike
^WTF? I guess I gotta start looking up more.
So you have 20 min of video, hopefully its clear enough to get a face shot or two.
Stolen Thursday night / Friday morning in Squirrel Hill. Contact Mike: 412-779-1723
XL Karate Monkey, black, single-speed, disc brakes, white Big Apple tires, Brooks saddle, blue platform pedals, shown here without blue Oury grips.
Singlespeed no-name mountain bike, rattle-can red, red Oury grips, red platform pedals, rear V-brake only, bottle cage and frame pump.
I was liking the ever lengthening gap between posts on this thread. It was more than 3 weeks before this was posted.
Thief must have been motivated if he stole two bikes in this weather!
Edits to the above stolen listing:
– Karate Monkey is size Large
– Tires are Fat Franks
Any guesses where this was stolen from? Listing says CA and it’s posted on the Altoona CL.
S-works, Dura-Ace, brand new and $800… um, no.
Blue Ribble 7005 Winter Audax stolen 1/20/2015 from my house in Bloomfield. Light red handlebar tape. LED lights taped inside the wheels w/ black duct tape. Silver bell on the handlebars. Broken front and back mudguards. 700×25 gator hardshell tires on it. Front light is a camping headlamp that was strapped on.
This pic is from when I first got it, the frame is more dinged up now and the handlebar tape I have on there now is more pinkish, and the mudguards have both snapped. There’s also a slightly shorter stem on it.
Please contact Rex 518-928-4551
Got into day a black Raleigh Route 4.0 19 inch frame bike,,,the man I bought it from had no I.D. on him but I GOT good video ,,I am not saying its stolen but since no I.D. I am listing this bike,,he did seem to know the bike well and seemed trusted but you never know,,,,,,,,if someone is missing this bike call me 412 716 4956 craig
Well done TV news coverage/story from Philly. It shows a few bikes being stolen by removing the sign posts and where the hot spots are for theft.
I wonder if we could get a similar story on Pgh. TV come this spring/summer about u-locks etc.
Not necessarily a stolen bike, but I saw a bike (well, most of a bike) sitting unlocked in a public location in point breeze for several weeks seemingly abandoned.
So i recently grabbed it so no one would take it, to get it out of the bad weather, and to make sure it just didn’t sit there never to be used again, rotting away.
I have been checking this thread and the 2014 stolen bikes thread just to make sure it was not a reported stolen bike. Trying to do some due diligence to find an owner if in fact the bike was not intentionally abandoned. So, i am posting here in case anyone has had a bike stolen or knows of a bike stolen that has not been reported here. Next step will be to inquire with the police of any reported thefts recently.
It is a mid-90’s, no suspension mountain bike. It is in really rough shape and was found incomplete, but who knows if it had already been scavenged by someone before i saw it. Get a hold of me if you have any info or think it could be yours.
My bike was stolen within the past week 2/7/15-2/13/15. It is a large women’s specialized vita. It is mostly black. It was stolen from inside my apartment building in squirrel hill. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any information. Sorry for the poor photo quality it was the only picture of my bike I could find.
I got in a cannondale quick white,,i did get I.D ,,,a lil fishy story that came with it,,,,it may be just a good deal but I thought I would post this first,,,,,anyone missing one 412 716 4956 must have ss number,,,,
Bicycle Heaven went to court in behalf of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania Monday feb 23,charges THEFT BY UNLAW TAKING MOVABLE PROP RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY ,BICYCLES,, commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs Steven Uckele,,Steven was arrested at Bicycle Heaven when he showed up with a Bicycle months back and was put in jail, i thought the bike may have been stolen since i bought one off of him a few months back and that ended up a stolen bike ,i found the owner of that bike and it was returned. When Steve showed up with the next bike I called the Police. Also, At the Court me and three owners of other stolen bikes Steve had showed up as well. Steve Uckele was found guilty of all charges, The Judge asked Steven Uckele when he was arrested at Bicycle Heaven did it feel like he was in Heaven, Steven said no but I bet it felt like hell when the cops showed up lol,,,,,Bicycle Heaven buys used and antique bikes but if you don’t have I.D. and cant fill out the paper work we will not buy the bike, if the bike turns out stolen, Bicycle Heaven will turn you in its that easy,,,we put a few people in jail last year. I have spent my time in Court hearings and lost money doing this but I think its worth it,,,,Thanks to the people who helped me on this but I don’t want people to get the wrong idea about Bicycle Heaven,…….Bicycle Heaven is not the place where stolen bikes end up but if anyone does bring in a stolen bike, Bicycle Heaven will turn you in …thanks
We need to get rid of that damned toaster rack. It’s worse than useless. Meanwhile, feel free to join me in locking up at the Three Rivers racks on the Forbes Ave side of the building.
Ouch, the picture of that cruiser bike shows the infamous front wheel only lock, which should be avoided. A ulock works best when it’s through the frame.
…and that’s exactly the problem with the infamous toaster racks, of course. They make it impossible to lock a frame with a U-lock, except at the sides.
In the event I have to use a toaster (including the one in the pic) and the ends are occupied, I toss the front wheel over the top bar of the toaster rack so that the downtube is resting across that cross bar and lock to the frame that way. Sometimes, you can get the front wheel, too, along with the frame. That said, it’s not ideal.
Within the past 48 hours, my boyfriend and I had our bikes stolen from the back of our apartment (which is on Mulberry Way on the block of 34 Butler Street). Someone gave me the advice to post about it on here as Bike PGH has helped recover stolen bikes in the past.
Our bikes were locked together against our gate below our apartment with a yellow U-lock. I’m assuming that is now destroyed as that is the only way the thieves were able to retrieve the bikes. There was a black BMW men’s bike along with a purple Raleigh Venture S women’s bike. Both in fairly new condition. Unfortunately, I do not have pictures as these bikes are less than a year old.
If anyone has any information on bike theft and/or information/leads on these specific bikes that belonged to us, I would greatly appreciate it if you would share that with me. My number is 570-660-2956 and email is email@example.com.
Thank you so much in advance!
The toaster racks can also work with a bike sideways to the – taking up 5 or 6 “spaces.”
Regarding toaster racks, it appears they are not permitted in the city of Pittsburgh:
I’m not sure if you can enforce this. The handout does not make reference to any specific city code. Also, trying to enforce this might simply lead to the rack’s owners removing it and not replacing it with something more adequate
One would expect that the city would have “nice” racks located at it’s literal front-door…
It would be a nice spot to have cycle maps, etc. too.
I think “not permitted” refers to the Zoning Code, which applies to construction projects. So if the city decided to tear down the City-County Building and put up a new one, it would need to have proper bike racks (assuming government buildings aren’t exempt from zoning rules) to comply with the rules on having a certain required number of bike spaces for each building.
But of course I agree that the city should be setting an example, if nothing else, to any developers walking past, maybe on their way to file permits for a project that’ll include bike parking.
Maybe 311 the issue, or write to the city’s bike/ped coordinator, or some of the people referenced in that bike parking overview document you linked to.
This one is going to be a real long shot. But I would feel terrible if I didn’t try every avenue.
2 Suspicious characters dropped by my work today to sell us ‘their’ road bike. They wanted $700 for this black Vilano, after we showed them how to install a back wheel in a bike frame we told them there was no possible way we could give them anything for this.
So after that they left and thanked us for our time…Just Kidding! They kept trying to cut a deal and could not understand why we wouldn’t pay them twice what the bike was worth new. When they left they ditched the bike about 10 feet outside our door.
No chain, black boad bike, clean, red saddle, probably disappeared from somewhere in the South Side on the afternoon of March 12th
Contact me (Four-One-Zero)-908-6348.
Found bike in Homewood Cemetery:
Found a bike in Homewood Cemetery 8h ago
Jason McCullough from Point Breeze
Photo from Jason McCullough
This morning (Thursday, 26 Mary 2015), I found a bike in Homewood Cemetery. It was in the back flat field near the border of Frick Park, leaning against a garbage can. It was wet, so was likely there at least most of the night.
I have it. If it is yours, please let me know. The handlebars are very loose, and the back brakes rub.
My Jamis Commuter recently got stolen out of my garage. I don’t actually have a picture of it unfortunately, but I can tell you that it looks like this, but with an orange Virtue seat, profile design bar ends, and the front and back fenders have been removed.
Contact me at amarsten at gmail dot com if you see anything
@Amarsten, sorry for your loss. Here’s the photo. I’ll update the BikingPgh.com page.
Blue Cannondale reported missing from Uptown/Mercy Hospital area sometime today. Details to follow from OP on FB.
Bike stollen uptown mercy hospital area on April 8th. Black 2011 karakoram gt 2.0 locked it up at 9:00 pm and was cut off the lock by 2:00 the next day
We found a bike that was left in our parking lot in the South Side (presumably stolen) about a month or two ago. After the bike sat out there for a few hours, we brought it inside and put up a sign indicating that we had the bike, but nobody has come to claim it. The bike is a men’s bike, 1970’s vintage, cruiser, with an LED light on the down tube. We would like to get this bike back into the rightful owner’s hands because it’s totally cool and someone has to be missing it. If this sounds like your bike or it belongs to someone you know, get in touch and give me some distinctive details on this beauty and let’s find out whose it is!
Evolution E-Cycling, LLC
Black and yellow bike.
There’s been a bike locked up at the East Liberty Target since Tuesday, 7 April. No distinct markings except serial number. Policy is to trash it after forty eight hours, but it’s a nice bike.
Please contact the store if it’s yours or you know who it belongs to. Ask for Cody, Tom, or a manager.
last wednesday (4/8/2015) one of my housemates’ was stolen from our courtyard near church brew works. the top tube of the frame was u-locked to a wooden post on the porch.
the bike is a silver 1979 peugeot. looks like this:
has a rear fender, newer black bar tape and covers over the brake levers.
let me know if you see anything
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