Last November I came down to Florida from where I live in NY with my Jamis Dakar full suspension XC bike. I was only here in Florida one day when my bike was stolen out of the back of my truck. I should have locked it up, but it was parked in a gated community, I assumed no one would steal it. I was wrong. I was really pissed off too because I was up at 7am and going to go for a ride in a trail I found on Singletracks, and I was psyched and on vacation. When I saw my bike was stolen I jogged all around the community looking for it and talking to everyone I saw, I called the police department too. A Sheriff came by and took a police report from me. No Luck. After a few hours I went inside and logged on to Singletracks.com and made up a posting topic about my bike getting stolen and described it so good people could look out for it around Florida. After two months I completely gave up hope, and I was checking with the pawn shops around and ebay and all over the internet every week.
Well, last September I got an email from the Sabastian Police department, they had my bike! Someone turned it in as found property and they were trying to claim it. The police searched the internet for the make and model of the bike and, lo and behold, they found my posting on Singletracks.com!!! They held the bike for me. Now, I finally got myself back down to Florida to pick it up today! So, I have my bike back. The police told me when he gave it to me, that he searched the police records and the sheriff never ever filed the report!! I'm not surprised at all, at the time I was joking with my brother about how the sheriff probably just 'filed' my report in the trash can. Guess what, he did. So, I only got my bike back because of the posting I did on Singletracks.com!!! And, I couldn't be happier! besides a few new dings and some rust on the chain, I'm going to ride this bike for years to come, and I'm going to lock it from now on!!!