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    ... and if we just ... Recovered Ibis Mojo HD! Holy Crap!

    It’s been an interesting 72 hours. You might want to get some popcorn.

    So, for those of you who didn’t see the original MTBR post (which was pulled - edit: it's back up), I am the lucky owner of one of two extant large nude-colored Ibis Mojo HDs in the US (Brian Lopes owns the other one). I got the bike from Avi at Wrench Science in Berkeley, who graciously tolerated my 10,000 email queries, dialed the bike in and set me up extremely well. It’s the first bike I have been able to afford to buy in five years, a present to myself for getting a real job after being in postgraduate limbo for far too long. Biology is fun but academia doesn’t pay well.




    I had the bike for eight days and had planned to go for my third ride on it after work on Thursday (the first two were amazing. I won’t review the bike here, but it’s freakishly light, and very fast and stiff in the chunk). The bike was locked with a Kryptonite to my roof rack at work, parked around the back of the Agilent campus in Santa Clara where there are patrolling security guards, a gazillion security cameras, plus the bike was in plain sight of everyone working in my building.

    I came out of the door and looked open-mouthed at my car. My bike was gone. Slowly walking to my car, a sinking sensation in my chest, the lock is cut. Pure rage and helplessness. I go to security and tell them what happened, get in my car and drive home. I’ve had bikes stolen before, but this one really hurt. It’s not one of the great tragedies in life, but it’s also not nothing. I got home, drank a few beers, and posted on MTBR in a thread already started by tburger. I didn’t sleep much. I stayed awake breaking the thief’s jaw over and over again in my mind.

    The next day I started to comb through craigslist at work, hoping in the off chance that the thief was supremely dumb. I didn’t find anything there, but then I searched on Google, which apparently archives CL pretty quickly, and found a post from Thursday night on CL – when following the link to CL I was led to a page that informed me it had been pulled. I posted the screencap to the MTBR stolen HD thread, and one of the other MTBR people (I forgot who, but thank you - edit: it was tgoff - thank you!) performed a superior Google search to my own, and came up with a similar post, but this one included the thief’s phone number.

    Unreal.

    Apparently, this is no Lex Luther. This kid is close to meeting the clinical definition of a moron.

    I had already been in touch with the police, who were working on the best way to contact the thief and to recover the bike. In parallel, Stumpy Steve (who is now on my speed dial as “Steve Awesome”) whom I have never met, decided to make a call to the thief out of his own sense of indignant rage at bike thieves. Amazingly, the thief, whose name is Josh Scarbrough, was talked into taking cold hard cash for the bike at a meeting that was to happen last night. Steve got in touch with me through placing a call to Wrench Science, who then called me. I won’t give all the details of how this all went down because Steve will tell it much better than I ever could. Steve is smooth to the extent that he might actually be a superhero, whose superpower is smoothness.

    To make a long story only slightly shorter, an undercover officer posing as Steve showed up at Josh’s house last night, and Josh – staggeringly brilliant Josh - rolls out of the house with my bike. The policeman informs Josh that he is a policeman and says that he has reason to believe the bike is stolen. He flips it over to look at the serial number but can’t find it. Because of this, Josh isn’t arrested on the spot, but the policeman takes the bike into holding.

    After talking with Scot and Hans at Ibis this morning, it turns out that the serial # on the HD is located below the plastic rock guard that fits on the downtube. The policeman was able to remove the rock guard and found that the serial matched perfectly. Currently, Josh is on the lam. Given his amazing decision-making skills, I think we should have a pool on how long it takes for this kid to get picked up, maybe for trying to siphon gas out of a police car.

    Anyways, I went down to the Santa Clara Police station this afternoon and got my bike back!



    The only thing missing were my pedals, which had been replaced with a pair of these really awesome pedals:




    Apparently, Josh didn’t like my Crank Bros. I think I’ll give these fine Wellgo flats to whoever guesses closest in the “Josh Scarbrough is on the lam” contest. Bonus! They have reflectors, which will keep you saferer on night rides in the Saratoga hills by the reservoir...

    I am deeply indebted to Steve and to the larger Bay Area MTBR community – without your help there is no way I would have been able to recover my bike. That people were willing to help out someone that they have never met says a lot about the character of mountain bikers. The world is definitely better with you in it. Of course, I am also indebted to Officer Dave Albert of the SCPD, who did an amazing job.

    And if you see an ugly-assed dude with a salt-and-pepper goatee riding a large nude HD somewhere between Santa Cruz and Fairfax, he didn’t steal it.




    Thank you.

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    Gus
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    hell yeah man, that is freaking awesome. I bet you can't stop smiling!

    GREAT job steve.

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    Nice Gus!!!!

    I was at the Giants game last night and got the call from Kev1n to pull the post down since the phone number was there. I took it down with my Iphone!!! Then Gregg took the whole thread down just to be safe.

    I haven't seen Stumpy Steve in a while but hats off to him. I believe he had his bike stolen last year.

    Unbelievable good fortune and great group here!

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    p.s. I will resurrect the old thread now that the bike is retrieved.

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    That's awesome! Great work Steve!

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    Congrats on getting your bike back. Big props to MTBR community for pulling together helping out.

    Glad this story had a happy ending. BTW...sexy ass bike there....

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    Wow, now THAT'S a happy ending.

    Big ups to all parties involved (especially Josh! the world loves an idiot!). Sometimes it's great seeing the karmic wheel turn.

    Bet you'll really enjoy your ride this weekend...
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    Dude! When are you gonna stop leaving your $5000 bikes in public!?! No wonder I haven't gotten any ride reports this week. Ugh.

    What did Josh use to cut your lock? Did he cut the cable or the lock? Inquiring minds...

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    WOW!!! That is effin fantastic!!!

    Way to go Steve! Maybe Hans/Scot can cut you a deal for being such an awesome dude and get you a discount....

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    Glad to hear you got your bike back.
    Good Job Steve!

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    Awesome! I was keeping my fingers crossed when I noticed the other thread disappeared. Kudos to Stumpy Steve and everyone who made an effort to do a little sleuthing.

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    Steve, amazing, absolutely amazing. May your kindness be well returned 10 fold.

    Gus, IIRC Steve works at a local shop in Fremont, maybe buy a Fuggetabout-it and a NewYork Noose from them and bring along a 6 pack at the same time.

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    Congrats there. Is it possible to post the CL listing without the phone numbers? Where does this punk live (just regional and not exact address).

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    So did anything ever come out of the Agilent security cameras? Did they at least pull a license? I would have hoped that would have had some result..

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Santo
    Itís been an interesting 72 hours. You might want to get some popcorn.

    So, for those of you who didnít see the original MTBR post (which was pulled), I am the lucky owner of one of two extant large nude-colored Ibis Mojo HDs in the US (Brian Lopes owns the other one). I got the bike from Avi at Wrench Science in Berkeley, who graciously tolerated my 10,000 email queries, dialed the bike in and set me up extremely well. Itís the first bike I have been able to afford to buy in five years, a present to myself for getting a real job after being in postgraduate limbo for far too long. Biology is fun but academia doesnít pay well.




    I had the bike for eight days and had planned to go for my third ride on it after work on Thursday (the first two were amazing. I wonít review the bike here, but itís freakishly light, and very fast and stiff in the chunk). The bike was locked with a Kryptonite to my roof rack at work, parked around the back of the Agilent campus in Santa Clara where there are patrolling security guards, a gazillion security cameras, plus the bike was in plain sight of everyone working in my building.

    I came out of the door and looked open-mouthed at my car. My bike was gone. Slowly walking to my car, a sinking sensation in my chest, the lock is cut. Pure rage and helplessness. I go to security and tell them what happened, get in my car and drive home. Iíve had bikes stolen before, but this one really hurt. Itís not one of the great tragedies in life, but itís also not nothing. I got home, drank a few beers, and posted on MTBR in a thread already started by a coworker. I didnít sleep much. I stayed awake breaking the thiefís jaw over and over again in my mind.

    The next day I started to comb through craigslist at work, hoping in the off chance that the thief was supremely dumb. I didnít find anything there, but then I searched on Google, which apparently archives CL pretty quickly, and found a post from Thursday night on CL Ė when following the link to CL I was led to a page that informed me it had been pulled. I posted the screencap to the MTBR stolen HD thread, and one of the other MTBR people (I forgot who, but thank you) performed a superior Google search to my own, and came up with a similar post, but this one included the thiefís phone number.

    Unreal.

    Apparently, this is no Lex Luther. This kid is close to meeting the clinical definition of a moron.

    I had already been in touch with the police, who were working on the best way to contact the thief and to recover the bike. In parallel, Stumpy Steve (who is now on my speed dial as ďSteve AwesomeĒ) whom I have never met, decided to make a call to the thief out of his own sense of indignant rage at bike thieves. Amazingly, the thief, whose name is Josh Scarbrough, was talked into taking cold hard cash for the bike at a meeting that was to happen last night. Steve got in touch with me through placing a call to Wrench Science, who then called me. I wonít give all the details of how this all went down because Steve will tell it much better than I ever could. Steve is smooth to the extent that he might actually be a superhero, whose superpower is smoothness.

    To make a long story only slightly shorter, an undercover officer posing as Steve showed up at Joshís house last night, and Josh Ė staggeringly brilliant Josh - rolls out of the house with my bike. The policeman informs Josh that he is a policeman and says that he has reason to believe the bike is stolen. He flips it over to look at the serial number but canít find it. Because of this, Josh isnít arrested on the spot, but the policeman takes the bike into holding.

    After talking with Scot and Hans at Ibis this morning, it turns out that the serial # on the HD is located below the plastic rock guard that fits on the downtube. The policeman was able to remove the rock guard and found that the serial matched perfectly. Currently, Josh is on the lam. Given his amazing decision-making skills, I think we should have a pool on how long it takes for this kid to get picked up, maybe for trying to siphon gas out of a police car.

    Anyways, I went down to the Santa Clara Police station this afternoon and got my bike back!



    The only thing missing were my pedals, which had been replaced with a pair of these really awesome pedals:




    Apparently, Josh didnít like my Crank Bros. I think Iíll give these fine Wellgo flats to whoever guesses closest in the ďJosh Scarbrough is on the lamĒ contest. Bonus! They have reflectors, which will keep you saferer on night rides in the Saratoga hills by the reservoir...

    I am deeply indebted to Steve and to the larger Bay Area MTBR community Ė without your help there is no way I would have been able to recover my bike. That people were willing to help out someone that they have never met says a lot about the character of mountain bikers. The world is definitely better with you in it. Of course, I am also indebted to Officer Dave Albert of the SCPD, who did an amazing job.

    And if you see an ugly-assed dude with a salt-and-pepper goatee riding a large nude HD somewhere between Santa Cruz and Fairfax, he didnít steal it.




    Thank you.

    Best,
    Gus
    Holy freekin cow. That is great news.

    Good job everybody!
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    Aaaaaaahhahahaha the pedals, that's hysterical. Good for you, happy ending.

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    Best thing I'll read all day.

    Nice job to everyone involved
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    Wow congratulations that is amazing! What a moron the thief is HA HA HA. don't leave that bike out of you site again.

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    How did he cut the lock? I use my U-lock to secure my bikes to a receiver rack thinking it's pretty safe. Maybe I won't any longer if they can be cut.
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    Awesome. Steve is a stud. Did the officer get to punch Josh in the mouth?
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    Congrats. This is a good lesson; Don't leave your bike locked where anyone can see it, bring it inside with you, maybe also lock it. Bikes on or in cars will get stolen. Ditto with; out in front of the bar, out in front of the restaurant, just there for a minute while you get some cofffee, etc.

    Just saying.

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    FYI - almost any lock can be cut QUICKLY. There's a site that sells moto locks (can't remember where) but they have vids showing how LITTLE time it takes to cut the best locks on the market. NEVER leave a bike visible, and the better bikes should be locked even at home. (they might not bring clippers to your house). I lived in NYC many years, where bikes were literally stolen out from under riders.

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    YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I was relieved to see they took the thread down. It was like an advertisement for whomever took the bike.

    The kid probably won't get arrested. But he'll at least be less willing to just take stuff.

    As for the pedals, they'll probably attract mountain lions. Haha.

    The bottom line is- we love Mojos!

    Now ride it like YOU stole it. (I couldn't help myself)
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    Wow, Warm fuzzies dude....
    Earn your turns. )'(

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    I am very happy for you. That is awesome news! Mojos are such awesome bikes, it's really great to hear of a recovery intact.

    I think you should buy the officer a six or twelve pack of some excellent exotic beer, and a dinner for Steve.

    The kid will probably disappear for a bit, but will be back stealing. He'll likely get busted in a few years as he moves to armed robbery, or killed by stealing from the wrong people.

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    Great news. That's a beautiful bike. nice work google guy, policeman, and steve.

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    This is most excellent! Congrats on the retrieval of your bike, and major props to the MTBR community and Steve!

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    wow...that's an amazing story!! Heck, I don't even leave my bikes in the garage unattended - let alone on the roof of my car!

    Glad you got your baby back and that they caught the guy. Thieves are scum of the earth!! was he a young or older guy?

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    Glad you got it back and my Google search skills aided in the recovery.

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    Reading this makes my weekend. So stoked for you! Had a dream last night my Ibis was stolen...

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    Isn't it nice when things turn out good for a change? Good to see it back in the right hands.

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    Why are all the idiots named "Josh"?

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    Brilliant story, nice to see a bike theft with a happy ending!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fairfaxian
    FYI - almost any lock can be cut QUICKLY. There's a site that sells moto locks (can't remember where) but they have vids showing how LITTLE time it takes to cut the best locks on the market. NEVER leave a bike visible, and the better bikes should be locked even at home. (they might not bring clippers to your house). I lived in NYC many years, where bikes were literally stolen out from under riders.

    Glad you got your steed back. Power of MTBR.
    Glad to hear you got your bike back. If you want to keep it, stop leaving it in public!!!!!!
    Ditto about the NY situation. Lived there for 17years, I have been gone for 13 and I'm still paranoid about everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have seen U-Locks snapped in 3 seconds with a pipe and a little bit of leverage. You would be amazed how well bolt cutters work. I have seen a bike lifted up and off of a street sign it was locked to. Let's not forget the "Bic pen scandle".

    The bottom line is that nothing is 100%. If the thief wants it he will steal it, period.

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    Great job Steve. All those Downieville trips I didn't realize that I was riding withgreatness

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    Quote Originally Posted by EBrider
    Great job Steve. All those Downieville trips I didn't realize that I was riding withgreatness
    I wanna hear how Steve's conversation with the theif went...
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    How come Josh" the rocket scientist" didn't get arrested???

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    What a great story, congratulations!!!!
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    that's fantastic news!! i hope josh turns up soon so we can complete the story..

    and steve, one suggestion for you--you have to do one of those computer generated movies about your conversation with josh...we'd love to hear it but better to 'see' it!! great job, and again this is fantastic news.
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    Amazing story!!

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    Congrats, Gus! That is awesome! Glad the community here was able to help out.

    And, altering the other "Gregg K"s quote above...."ride it like you stole it...back!!"

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    Gus,

    I hate these kinds of stories and am glad your had a happy ending (sans Crank Bros).

    If it were my bike, I would NEVER, EVER, EVER, leave it locked outdoors and out of my own sight, regardless of the laser cris-crossing anti-theft devices, automatic weapon armed guards, stealth unmanned aircraft and alligators patrolling the area.

    Once again, glad you got it back and hope that you enjoy it for a long time!

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    I will withhold from saying some personal comments, but hopes Josh Scarbrough receive his legal punishment under the law to the absolute full extent.

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    Went away for the weekend and had read the original post. Come back and read this is most excellent news.
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    Dude, To steal this bike is 1 of 2 things.
    1. an inside job.
    2. some idiot who doesnt even know what he just stole or the value of it. If so, they wont part it. CHECK CRAIGSLIST! I bet it shows up there if its some shitty bike thief. Who the hell else would be cruising through a parking lot with bolt cutters for a Krypto cable.....? Unless of course it was an inside job.
    Sorry buds....happy hunting!




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    I am one who has had a car and several bikes stolen over the years. I get hassled by my wife for having my bikes in the house. I guess if she makes a big thing out of it and I have to make a choice between her or the bikes, I'll have to make a change. Man I'll miss her.
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    Great Sunday story

    Quote Originally Posted by El Santo
    Currently, Josh is on the lam. Given his amazing decision-making skills, I think we should have a pool on how long it takes for this kid to get picked up, maybe for trying to siphon gas out of a police car.
    Awesome in so many ways:
    1) got your sweet ride back; pit in stomach has been replaced by an appetite and the return of sleeping well.

    2) Some ****** is on the lam because he chose to steal a bicycle. I'm guessing that he's seriously second guessing his choices in a huge way at the moment.

    If we had a vicinity to search for this guy, we could find him pretty quick: Posse up on mountain bikes with full gear on, ride slowly around the area. If we were present enough and obviously looking for something / someone, the smell of the feces in his shorts would give him away in a hot second.

    Hope he's caught, but if not, you can ride anyway. Congrats!
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    were you in fairfax today? i think i saw you near the java hut a couple hours ago. was gonna say something then thought what are the chances.
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    I got a little teary reading this. This is like having your toddler kidnapped by a child porn ring and then having them brought back to you not only unharmed but with a new pair of sneakers. Congrats!

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    Man, the worst of luck followed by the best of luck. StumpySteve is da man.

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    yep, less than a minute with a certain tool and an officer present while at Stanford last spring.

    I lock stuff in my garage, that tells you what measures I go to..I never leave my bike where I cannot see it or it isn't covered by homeowners.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fairfaxian
    FYI - almost any lock can be cut QUICKLY. There's a site that sells moto locks (can't remember where) but they have vids showing how LITTLE time it takes to cut the best locks on the market. NEVER leave a bike visible, and the better bikes should be locked even at home. (they might not bring clippers to your house). I lived in NYC many years, where bikes were literally stolen out from under riders.

    Glad you got your steed back. Power of MTBR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loll
    I will withhold from saying some personal comments, but hopes Josh Scarbrough receive his legal punishment under the law to the absolute full extent.
    He'll at least be on every Bike Shop Managers Name list now.

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    Looks like Crank Bros will be supplying new pedals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d-bug
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    LOL!

    Wow.

    This week keeps getting better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moschika
    were you in fairfax today? i think i saw you near the java hut a couple hours ago. was gonna say something then thought what are the chances.
    I was in Pacifica today.

    Maybe it was Brian Lopes?

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    frickin' amazing. Glad to hear you got your bike back!

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    just plain unfriendly and maladjusted.
    "Yes, honey: I do love this bike more than I love you."

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    Hi everyone,

    Thanks for the praises - no need for that. I saw that the bike I had just ordered (HD in black) was stolen and it bothered me. Another mtbr'r posted the craigslist add screenshot with josh's phone number in it, so I said to myself "hell, why not give this a go?" Nothing special done here, just a guy bored at 6pm at work on a Friday.

    I gave Josh a phone call and asked if the bike was still available. He mentioned that he "decided to take it off" because he had it on there for awhile and no-one "was saying anything." Once I offered Josh $3,500 cash for the bike because I "didn't want to wait 4 months," he quickly changed his mind and said he was interested in selling. When I asked him where he took the bike, he said he "took it up the reservoir, the coyote trail, and all those trails up there in the Saratoga hills."

    I called back 15 minutes later to tell him I'd be arriving a bit late. On the second call, when I asked Josh where he bought the bike, he said he "got it online." When I asked where, he said he forgot. He also mentioned he put a new e-13 "cogset" on the bike that was "so much smoother" than before, and now it's got 2 cogs instead of three.

    However, I did find some other stuff about him upon talking a bit more:
    - He just moved here from Dallas
    - He goes to De Anza (note - went to De Anza
    - He lives at xxxx, Santa Clara.

    Yes ladies and gents, Josh gave me his home address on the second call. Not exactly the brightest crayon in the box.

    That's when I reached out to Wrench Science on the phone and had them contact Gus and the Santa Clara detective. One thing led to another and SCPD got the bike back.

    Stoked that Gus got the bike back and Josh is hopefully getting caught soon for the crime. Big props to the mtbr community for helping Gus in his time of need! Now, if only Ibis can speed up a certain XL nude carbon HD frame, that'd be awesome.
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    Good one, Gus! This is a great story.

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    Amazing recovery indeed! That recording is priceless also... The guy didn't seem like he
    bought the bike, but did know enough to look up some parts on the web (formula brakes)...

    I'm sure this guy gets his due.

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    Glad you got it back and all, but I've got to say that leaving your brand-new, hard-earned bike on your car in the parking lot is easily as dumb as stealing it and posting it up on CL with your phone number.

    Fail.

    If I was stealing it I would've hooked up a tow strap to the rack and yanked it off the car with my truck, then tossed the whole twisted mess in the back, ignoring how f'd up your car became during the transaction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    Glad you got it back and all, but I've got to say that leaving your brand-new, hard-earned bike on your car in the parking lot is easily as dumb as stealing it and posting it up on CL with your phone number.

    Fail.

    If I was stealing it I would've hooked up a tow strap to the rack and yanked it off the car with my truck, then tossed the whole twisted mess in the back, ignoring how f'd up your car became during the transaction.
    Way to kill the vibe, man.

    That's so un-Dude.
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    Great story. What showed up on the parking lot security video?
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    gr8 story! I have to agree with Josh on his choice of pedals though, lol!
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    awesome he got caught. as much as u might want to find this guy, its not worth beating him down. he knows where you work and a low-life like this would have no problem going back one day to key ur car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy_Steve
    Anyway, I captured some of the audio ...
    This is priceless.

    I kept picturing COPS on TV and him coming out of the house wearing a wife-beater.

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    Classic phone call! "It's a stolen bike!" LOL. That's too funny.

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    Glad you got the bike back!!!

    Can I borrow it???? (just kidding)

    So Josh is now missing?

    Since this bike is worth a lot, is this more than just a misdemeanor?

    How about trespassing on Agilent property?

    We don't need to throw the book at this guy. We need to throw the entire book series at him.
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    congrats. That is a great story

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    I am one who has had a car and several bikes stolen over the years. I get hassled by my wife for having my bikes in the house. I guess if she makes a big thing out of it and I have to make a choice between her or the bikes, I'll have to make a change. Man I'll miss her.
    Gotta have priorities!!

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    Yowzers Gus. Glad it ended up well though! Sick bike btw.

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    Glad you got it back.

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    This is sweet news! So glad you got her back. This community is full of awesome. Maybe thieves will think twice about stealing mountain bikes from now on?
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    Awesome! Glad you got your bike back. Always bring your bike inside when at work. My stumpy sits next to my desk at work when I am going to ride after work. Did the police pick up the idiot yet?

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    I just got to ride the HD today finally. It's worth all the trouble man. A lot of folks here at Interbike know about your bike recovery!

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    I just got to ride the HD today finally. It's worth all the trouble man. A lot of folks here at Interbike know about your bike recovery!

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    Go bug the Crank Brothers booth and get this guy a set of replacement pedals Francis!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maleonardphi
    Go bug the Crank Brothers booth and get this guy a set of replacement pedals Francis!
    Crank Bros has new pedals and Andrew there said Gus has a new pair reserved for him. I asked if Stumpy Steve could have one and he's in too! I asked if I could have em too and just got a high five and a chapstick



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    Quote Originally Posted by bclagge
    I got a little teary reading this. This is like having your toddler kidnapped by a child porn ring and then having them brought back to you not only unharmed but with a new pair of sneakers. Congrats!
    First off, congrats on getting the bike back El Santo!

    However, did I read this right bclagge, you're comparing a stolen bike with a kidnapped child? I'm sure you were trying to be witty and/or funny, but really? "like having your toddler kidnapped by a child porn ring" ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Crank Bros has new pedals and Andrew there said Gus has a new pair reserved for him. I asked if Stumpy Steve could have one and he's in too! I asked if I could have em too and just got a high five and a chapstick



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    Haha, sick! Thanks Francis, Gus and Josh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy_Steve
    Haha, sick! Thanks Francis, Gus and Josh!
    Francis, Andrew, Scot, Steve, Trevor, thanks yet again.

    You people have the awesome.

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    I was thinking of putting those awesome-oh Wellgo pedals on my bikes, but somehow the idea of throwing away perfectly good Crank Brothers Candy SL pedals seemed criminal. Glad to hear you got your bike back!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jschwart73
    However, did I read this right bclagge, you're comparing a stolen bike with a kidnapped child? I'm sure you were trying to be witty and/or funny, but really? "like having your toddler kidnapped by a child porn ring" ?
    No, I was being completely literal.

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    Good story with happy ending.
    And it's a sticky because...?

    "I must not be crazy because I'm seriously questioning my sanity"

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    Quote Originally Posted by noshortcuts
    Good story with happy ending.
    And it's a sticky because...?
    Because it's a Mojo dude! You should know that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    I asked if Stumpy Steve could have one and he's in too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by noshortcuts
    And it's a sticky because...?
    we're tired of hearing about Mike V

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    Quote Originally Posted by noshortcuts
    Good story with happy ending.
    And it's a sticky because...?
    Because some guy lost his mojo and then got it back!!!
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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    Stella got her groove back and Gus got his mojo back. Hence the sticky.

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    got his mojo back
    /thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spindelatron
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    what, we can't discuss how FRICKIN COOL it is to recover a stolen bike like this?

    Congrats on the recovery!!

    I hope they nail his behind to the wall. Sounds like a career dumbass, this Josh bastid.
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    Great story and glad you got your ride back.


    Quote Originally Posted by ziscwg
    Since this bike is worth a lot, is this more than just a misdemeanor?
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    unless the law changed since I last checked, anything over $500 is Grand Theft which is a felony.
    talking some prison time

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    What an incredible story! Back when I used to bike to work, my rig sat in my cubicle. Some things shouldn't be left to chance. Like leaving your kids alone with a priest...or...cheating on your wife with her best friend...so on so forth.
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    Any word on the thief?

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    this story gives me goose bumps! Awesome Steve!

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