Update of recovered Vivalo Bike. I was on my way back to Jersey around 1pm (about to get into the Holland Tunnel) I get a phone call from cycleangelo that my bike has been recovered by the guys at Continuum. I immidiately drove over to Continuum Cycles where my Vivalo was located. The owner Jeff from Continuum Cycles told me the whole story which I was just amazed how quickly and easily he was able to retrieve my bike.
Jeff told me he was riding around and spotted my bike on the street in front of a drug rehabilitation center. He had two options to either retrieve the bike from the girl and ride off with it which was the most risky or reason with them pay a small price for the bike so she would not have to go to jail. From what Jeff describes the woman is someone with a drug problem in her mid 40's, blonde hair, tatted up, clearly a drug addiction. She was accompanied by another man similar in age - he did not describe further. Jeff reasoned with her letting them know that this bike was stolen from someone he knows and that we were not going to get the police involved because of rehab program - that she goes to everyday.
The bike had everything original except the black double toshi straps were replaced with some bs no names. The bike had vampirefreaks.com stickers all over and pink cinelli bar tape on the down tube and seat tube. The Vivalo decals were rubbed off on the fork, chain stays, and one side of the down tube.
I'm really happy to have my bike in my possession this situation has caused me a lot of stress. I really hope that this does not happen to anyone and its definitely a lesson learned.
As for how I locked up my bike was pretty dumb. I was with my friend Jay and had it kryptonite cabled to his u-locked bike(never use those kryptonite cable). I didn't have a u-lock with me and I thought we would be in and out from Vanessa's Dumpling House within 6 minutes. That's all it takes maybe 4 minutes to take that bike.
What is the best way to take off all the adhesive tape without messing up the matte finish? I want to take it off asap and probably need to get new decals for the bike.
I will probably get white double toshi straps and new tires. I'm just happy I don't have to buy another track bike and focus my attention on a new roadie. I'm really happy to know that as a bike community we all have each other's backs. Don't steal bikes bro!
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