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Offline John Nettles

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STOLEN Co-Motion Americano
« on: January 31, 2022, 08:26:06 am »
Over the weekend, someone stole my beloved Co-Motion Americano with a Rohloff and Belt Drive from our garage.  While I have filed a police report, contacted bike shops, local FB groups, etc., on the off-chance someone tries to sell it outside the Tulsa area, I would appreciate people keeping an eye out for it.   The frame's serial number is S-16012 and the Rohloff's serial number is 169112. If you happen to come across it, have your police department contact the Tulsa Police Department and also me. The TPD Case number is #2022-004485.

The color is "Vanilla" but the frame is fairly scratched up due to heavy touring use.  Has a Schmidt gen hub, Tubus F&R racks, and my last touring "partner", a foam pink pig "Spammy" on the front rack.

The TPD thinks it was probably a homeless guy who just happened by while I was inside.  The homeless usually part out the bike but with the Rohloff and the Rohloff-specific frame, they won't be able to part out too much stuff.  It very well may end up in the river :-(.

I will post a picture soon.

Anyway, keep you eye out for it please and Happy Trail to you!
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Offline HikeBikeCook

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Re: STOLEN Co-Motion Americano
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2022, 08:38:58 am »
My sincere condolences. You cannot replace those memories even with a new bike.
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Offline John Nettles

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Re: STOLEN Co-Motion Americano
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2022, 08:43:22 am »
Yep, a few sad moments.  What is weird is I am more sad about the trips that the bike is going to miss out on.

Offline DanE

Re: STOLEN Co-Motion Americano
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2022, 10:19:20 am »
Go to http://bikeregistry.com and register your bicycle as being stolen. This is a database which bicycle shops can check and see if a bicycle has been reported stolen. A bicycle shop is likely to check if they have a suspicion that the person who walked into their shop and requested service is not compatible with the bicycle. I guarantee your bicycle is unique enough that they will have suspicions if a homeless guy walks into a shop and tries to sell it.

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Re: STOLEN Co-Motion Americano
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2022, 10:23:24 am »
Thanks, I will register it.  Yes the bike is unique enough so hopefully it will be recovered but that will probably not be the case. Thanks again, John

Offline OHRider

Re: STOLEN Co-Motion Americano
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2022, 11:01:10 am »
Sorry John- that really sucks.  Very few people would truly appreciate that bike and what it was built to do.  What a shame.  I hope it turns up.

Offline HobbesOnTour

Re: STOLEN Co-Motion Americano
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2022, 11:54:42 am »
Just wanted to add my sincere regrets for the loss of your bike.

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Re: STOLEN Co-Motion Americano
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2022, 03:22:09 pm »
Thanks.  We are going to have a pretty cold snap on Thursday (8*) so I plan to go by the homeless shelter and see if I spot the bike.  Hopefully, I will find it.  Heck, I got so many bikes, some good, some not so good, that I may just give the "owner" another bike.

Anyway, thanks again, John

Offline ray b

Re: STOLEN Co-Motion Americano
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2022, 09:54:48 pm »
Thanks.  We are going to have a pretty cold snap on Thursday (8*) so I plan to go by the homeless shelter and see if I spot the bike.  Hopefully, I will find it.  Heck, I got so many bikes, some good, some not so good, that I may just give the "owner" another bike.

Anyway, thanks again, John
My condolences as well.
A reminder yet again, that our adventures with bicycles are not limited to the road or trail. Good luck.
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Offline jamawani

Re: STOLEN Co-Motion Americano
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2022, 12:06:41 am »
So sorry to hear.
I'm sure there are many good memories.

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Re: STOLEN Co-Motion Americano
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2022, 03:37:00 pm »
My old Americano bike is still missing but I did buy a very gently used Co-Motion Americano with a Pinion P18 gearbox, belt drive, and S&S.  It only had 300 miles on it and is in mint condition and the insurance literally 99.823% so I can't complain.

I am still on the look out for a Divide or similar but now I can patiently wait for a gently used one at 50% off.  I figure less than a 2 year wait based on previous averages.  I did have a lead on a decently priced Divide with Pinion P18 but the guy was a flake and bailed repeatedly. 

Anyway, keep an eye out for my old one.  I would still like to claim it back, even if I have to give it to the insurance company. 

Offline ray b

Re: STOLEN Co-Motion Americano
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2022, 08:42:16 pm »
Good news.

Thanks for setting the good example at several levels. Many of us would still be whining and grieving.

So - perhaps not the right thread - but how did you search for your replacement bike?


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Re: STOLEN Co-Motion Americano
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2022, 10:06:21 am »
So - perhaps not the right thread - but how did you search for your replacement bike?
My standby is to do "saved searches" on eBay where eBay emails me listings when certain key words are found in a listing.  I put in what I want that is specific enough that I can gather the item I want in but not so specific I miss something. 

For instance, say I want to look for a used Co-Motion Divide bike with a Pinion P1.18 gearbox with S&S Couplers.  If I put in all the key words using the Boolean Operators https://libguides.mit.edu/c.php?g=175963&p=1158594 to search for Used, Co-Motion, Divide, Bicycle, Pinion, P1.18, and S&S, it would have to be a very specific listing by the seller who had to use all of those specific key words.  If the seller used "bike" instead of "bicycle", I would not have received the email. Therefore, I would most likely do a search on just "Co-Motion Divide" under the Cycling category.  Once I get the search I want, I click "(heart) Save this search" near the the top of the page and the eBay will automatically email when a new listing with the key words of "Co-Motion Divide" occurs.  I then weed out the listings mailed to me with a derailleur system, Rohloff, non-preferred color, etc.  This all takes me easily less than 1 minute per day once the saved search is set up. 

Eventually, you will get an email for the listing you want no matter how specific you want.  It may take years but they do occur.  For instance, I REALLY want a pair of vintage Redwood Cycling Apparel cycling shorts in large. These shorts were from the early 80s and I loved them. I have a saved search on "Redwood Cycling" with the words in quotes so eBay knows it is that specific  phrase I am looking for.  I have had this search in place for over a decade and have gotten about a dozen responses over the years but nothing in large.  I have bought a pair in medium and am seriously considering having some "reverse engineered" for me in large.

Other good sources are having the classifieds in Bike Forums, ACA's Classifieds, etc. sent to me daily.  A quick 5 second scan tells me if I want to consider anything offered.  Other decent websites for touring bikes are Pinkbike.com, Bicycle Blue Book, and Bike Exchange.  If a road bike, add Pros Closet.  Most of these sites will allow you to so saved searches and will email you when something appears.  Then just be patient.  Something WILL turn up and usually at a pretty good discount from new. 

The reason I am so pro used bike is that a lot of people buy a very high end bike and then later decide to sell it for whatever reason and almost always at least 50% off if over a couple of years old.  And most high end bikes are still of very decent quality after even 5 years.  Look how little Co-Motion has changed the Americano in 10 years.  Sure they added the Belt Drive option and the Pinion option, but other than that, nada.  So I figure if I am basically getting an identical but older bike compared to a new one, why not buy used.  If I have to spend a couple hundred putting on new cables, tires, bar wrap, etc., to bring it up to date, the discount is still significant compared to new.

Also, it is actually rare the bikes have been ridden that hard or at least hard compared to what it is capable of.  In all my years, I have only found a couple of bikes that were used extensively, i.e. one guy was selling a Co-Motion Divide with Rohloff who had been on the road in South America for 3 years and while the bike was still usable and was priced inexpensively, I didn't want something that used.  I bought my previous Americano for 51% of new retail and it had been ridden only on the Pacific Coast Route and some local day rides.  It was at the time 3 years old and in very good condition.  I didn't love the Vanilla color but I wasn't going to pay an extra $2k to change the color.  My Thorn Nomad MkII with Rohloff & S&S only had about 1200 miles on it and I bought it for 42% of new retail.  I found that one by looking at the Thorn Forums page every week for about two months before a guy in Germany was selling it.

Anyway, do lots of saved searches and it will come.

Offline hikerjer

Re: STOLEN Co-Motion Americano
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2022, 11:31:14 pm »
Really sorry to hear that. It's real bummer. I live in a pretty low crime area, but it's close to downtown, where there are a lot of transients who pass through the neighborhood. I've never had a problem. Still, because of the off chance of something like this happening to me, I've installed a steel ring in my garage that I lock my commuter bike to.  With my commuter locked in the garage, it lessens the chance that someone just passing by sees it and makes off with it as they did in John's case.

Hope it shows up for you John.

Offline keithmisegades

Re: STOLEN Co-Motion Americano
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2022, 01:55:30 pm »
Oh man, that's really sad.  My heart goes out to you!!

I would be furious as I am sure that you are.

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