Here’s a very sorry tale, with a very happy ending (all too rare in the cycling world). Roxanna Tustain is a young lady from Bristol who spent several months collecting together enough cash to build her own bike. She found an ideal vintage road frame, added some “No Logo” Wheels, built them up with red hubs, white spokes, gleaming yellow rims and matching yellow tyres. The wheels were driven by a yellow chain. White riser bars were added and the whole ensemble topped off with a white saddle. it looked sharper than a lemon.
She got to ride it once. Then somebody knicked it.
Roxanna discovered that her bike was missing and the cable lock cut and discarded from outside Kebele Cafe in Easton, Bristol sometime between 1030-1445 Friday 3rd February.
Roxanna posted up a plea for its return on the excellent Bristolian website, ‘Stolen Bristol Bikes’ :
“It’s my first ever build and the first bike I’ve ever owned so it has huge sentimental value to me. I spent months saving for all the parts and learning how to put it together. I got to ride it once, which was the morning before it was robbed. I have had information to say that it may have been spotted being pushed up Cheltenham Road on Friday evening, by two men of medium height and build (not very specific, I know). Please help me find my beautiful bike.”
You couldn’t help feeling for her. It’s a single speed (my Achilles heel – though technically, it looks like a fixie), a lovely looking bike and a truly fantastic job for somebody entirely new to the art of bike building. But…….wait for it……….this story has a happy ending. Amazingly, Roxanna got her bike back.
Whether it was the unique look of the bike, slick detective work at the hands of the Bristol cycling community, a dash of luck or a combination of all three, the bike is now safely back in Roxanna’s hands. We do like a happy ending. It just goes to show the power of the web and spreading the word. To try and help prevent a repeat, we’ll be giving Roxanna a Squire Urban Paramount ‘D’ lock (a bloody ugly lock, but very beefy). It just goes to show that if you’re unforunate enough to have your bike knicked, definitely don’t give up on it. Get posting on the web. Get the word out there. Wrestle back the iniatitive. You may just come up trumps.
We spotted this story on the excellent website ‘Stolen Bristol Bikes’. Click on the link to see if you can help some very unlucky cyclists and lend them your support (good luck with the site). If you’re Bristol based and visiting Bespoked Bristol (23rd March – 25th March at Bristol Temple Meads Passenger shed), pop along to say hello.