I was waiting at a stoplight on 14th street today when a guy on a bike behind me said, “Hey, can I ask you a quick question. Was that bike stolen off a MUNI bus?”
I wouldn’t normally be excited to have strangers accuse me of being in possession of stolen property, but the bike I was riding, which this guy was referring to when he asked me if it was stolen, looked vaguely similar to my previous bike which was stolen off the front of a MUNI bus on November 6th.
When I told this guy that the bike I was currently riding hadn’t been stolen from a MUNI bus (it was purchased legally from a friend), but that my old bike had indeed been stolen from the front of a MUNI, he said that the PVC tees attached to my frame reminded him of a bike he had read about that had been stolen off MUNI.
The PVC tees are part of a surfboard rack, which were on my old when it was stolen and currently are on my new bike.
You see I was so bummed when my bike was stolen that I took to this little blog to write all about it. Thankfully the good people at Mission Mission, SFist and Uptown Almanac helped me out and did the same. And this guy had read about my stolen bike, remembered it had PVC tees on it, and well over a month after it was taken from me had the good nature to ask a total stranger if he was riding a stolen bike to presumable help out a fellow bicyclist!
While my old bike is still gone, and never coming back, it’s awesome to know that there are people out there (strangers no doubt) still looking out for you.