After the Seattle PI picked up the story of my stolen bike, Seattle man steals back stolen bike as well as the Seattle Bike Blog and the Seattle Times, the story got picked up by KIRO radio, not once but twice! Then it got picked up by King 5, Seattle man steals his stolen bike back. Even Good Morning America called! (Without video footage of the retrieval they weren’t interested.)
With the attention came a flood of supportive tweets and Facebook comments. Also with the attention came the offer of a Kitsap deputy sheriff to dig into the case for me. After some digging he got in touch with the guy I took the bike from, David. He learned that David bought the bike from Justin who bought it from a pawn shop. He explained to David that I was within the law to retrieve my bike. However, he indicated that David, distraught about the theft of what he thought was his bike, had called 911 and filed a case against me. That case will likely go nowhere, which explains why I’m hearing that David is trying to put together a civil suit against me.
The next twist in the story is that David’s boss, Garry, posted to the Seattle Bike Blog:
Weird the individual works for me and after this incident, I have seen reciepts for his purchase and the purchase of the upgrades. It is nice to have a blog that does zero fact checks on anything posted.
My response is that I’d love to see the receipts.
In the mid-2000s the Ellsworth Moment was sold as a frame only bike. Meaning that you had to buy both the frame and all the components and then either assemble it yourself, or have it assembled. I bought the 2005 medium sized frame from Gords in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where I grew up. A Gord’s decal is still on the bike. As is the Gord’s embossed stem cap. I then ordered a ton of parts from Jenson USA and Price Point. Once I had everything together I had the bike assembled by Velo Bike Shop. After assembling the bike I blogged about how much I liked it.
Don’t believe me? Here’s what I put on the bike and where it came from:
- Frame: 2005 Ellsworth Moment (medium) [Gord's]
- Fork: Fox [Gord's]
- Wheels: XSD [Gord's]
- Tire front: Kenda Neval [PricePoint]
- Tire rear: Racing Ralph [borrowed from Big Tree Bikes]
- Seatpost: Easton [Gord's]
- Seat: SDG [taken off my Rocky Blizzard]
- Pedals: Shimano SPD [taken off my Rocky Blizzard]
- Cranks: Raceface Evolve XC [PricePoint]
- Drivetrain: XT [PricePoint]
- Grips: Lizard lock-on [JensonUSA]
- Stem: RaceFace Deus XC [JensonUSA]
- Bar: Easton EC70 MonkeyLite [JensonUSA]
Here’s some of the receipts:
And if that doesn’t convince you here’s a photo of me on the bike at Whistler:
This wasn’t some generic Trek mountain bike sold by the tens of thousands. This was a custom built mountain bike that truly was one of a kind. The chance that David happened to put together the same bike is zero.