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Freewheel Space Robbed.


Pardon the delay on reporting this on the blog, but I think most of us were waiting for tempers to cool a bit before posting.

Sometime between the 9th and 16th of September, some “work in progress” bikes were stolen from the Freewheel space in Club Alley.  At least four frames were stolen, things were moved about, and the shop was generally kind of trashed.  While I suppose it is possible that people simply thought that the bikes were free, this seems unlikely given that the tags identifying the owner’s of several bikes (including my project bike) were ripped off and left behind.  But, if on the offhand chance that someone reading this took a bike on a night we were not open and now realizes that this is not how Freewheel works, please return it.

The police have been contacted, and we will be dealing with building security to make our space more secure.  We will post any and all changes to how things run here as we know.

Mainly, I’m posting this here not in hopes of gathering a posse to hunt these people down (though I’m sure a few of us would like to), but instead to reiterate Adam’s call for donations.  We were already spread extremely thin with available bikes, but now we have to earmark everything coming in to the people who’s bikes were stolen.  So, if you’ve got a bike you don’t need, or see one being thrown out, please bring it to us or contact one of us and we’ll pick it up.

Thanks in advance.


Author: matthewsisk

archaeologist. vegan.

4 thoughts on “Freewheel Space Robbed.

  1. Thank you Mat for posting this, with I am certain far more tact than I would have been able since the bike of a very good friend of mine was also taken.

    I will add that in the offhand chance the bikes and frames that were taken without mal intent are returned, no questions will be asked. Not by me at least. I am just very disappointed, and should hope that in the future people will appreciate the services of Freewheel rather than commit acts detrimental to the community of cyclists that we aim to help.

    Also, if anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact You may do so anonymously if you choose.
    Thank you.

  2. The rivers will run red with the blood of the guilty!

  3. Yes. This is a disappointing moment in the history of Freewheel. But perhaps some good changes will come of it.

  4. Bloody rivers are a good thing!

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