Dispatches from The Daily Rider

My Bike was just stolen. What do I do?

We understand. Thatreally sucks.

We started our shop after Beth’s Bianchi Milano was stolen from our shed, so we really know what you’re going through right now. 

Make the call

A Celeste Bianchi Milano
Bianchi Milano. Gone too soon. 

First thing you’re going to want to do is call and make a police report. This can seem like a waste of time, but it is important if you want to make an insurance claim or get it back if it ends up in a police property room. 

Get Online

Bike Index Logo
The wonderful folks at Bikeindex want to help get your bike back. Post a picture and description with dates and locations to get the word out. 

Next, take to the web. Resources like Bike Index and the DC Stolen Bikes Facebook page are great open source ways to get the word out about your missing Mongoose or purloined Pegoretti. Post on your personal Twitter feed and Instagram account. Pictures help. You did have pics of your lovely steed, correct?

Contact local shops

You know who hates bike theft? Bike shop employees! We’ve all seen shady characters pushing bikes through our doors asking how to use the shifters or valves on a bike way too big or too small for them.

So give your local shops a call or email. We put our messages up on our internal Slack channel dedicated to this very issue. We’ve recovered several bikes in the shop and successfully returned them to owners, so don’t lose hope. One bike we recovered had been missing for over a year. 

Set up alerts

Set up alerts on Craigslist , OfferUp and EBay along with other sales sites to see if your disappearing DeRosa makes its way to online commerce.

In our experience, most bikes that show up on these sites do so rather quickly so scan them as soon as possible. If it turns up on one of these you have a few options. One can take the rather unconventional yet effective method of stealing your own bike back like our customer Danny  did a few years ago. We do not endorse this method as it could lead to losing more than your bike in the process. We have heard of DC police setting up sting purchases for these cases, but don’t count on it. 

Find a new friend

After all this is done, you’re going to want to replace your faithful Fairdale , and we know just the shop who can help you out. If you’re looking to prevent this heartache, read our post on bike security procedures

The Tern GSD

A Tern GSD in grey blue in front of a brick wall with graffiti

   Tern GSD

The cargo bike that redefined the category.

Since 2018, this bike has been one of our most popular bikes in the shop. It simply outperforms bikes that came before it, and has spawned countless imitators.

As one of Washington, DC’s Tern dealers, we have been huge fans of the GSD since it was introduced. Our customers have put thousands of miles on these bikes and used them for the school run, everyday shopping, and everything else in between.

If you’re considering becoming a car-lite or car-free family, consider checking out the Tern GSD as a substitute. As Washington, DC becomes more bike-friendly and continues to add infrastructure we have seen new GSD riders become bike evangelists in a rather short time.

Please visit our shop at 600 H St. NE to take a test ride of one of our in stock models.

Questions about what accessories you should add to carry passengers or cargo? Drop us a line and we’ll set you up with all the essentials.



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