Man scours Internet looking for his stolen one-of-a-kind bike

Man scours Internet looking for his stolen one-of-a-kind bike

PORTLAND, Ore. – A North Portland man on disability woke up to find someone had broken into his house and stolen his one-of-a-kind bike.

Daniel Wilson is doing everything he can to get the bike back that he had specially equipped to make it more comfortable to get exercise as he rode around town. He had safety equipment installed and even a place to store his oxygen tanks. Now he’s out more than $2,000.

"I'm very, very angry. I worked long and hard to get that," he said Wednesday. "I shopped around and ordered it from an outfit in Utah. And when it got here, I added stuff to make it fit me better."

It was earlier this month when his bike was stolen. Wilson suffers from heart problems and sleep apnea, and he doesn't have the $2,000 to $2,500 to replace it.

He said he thinks whoever was responsible for stealing his bike was actually scoping it out because they actually cut the lock to the garage door where he was storing it. Additionally, they didn't steal anything else.

The 62-year-old said he thinks it happened in the morning right after his wife left for work. When he came outside he said he found the garage door about halfway open.

Ever since he's been without his bike, Wilson's been on his tablet searching to see if someone is already trying to hock it for some quick cash.

"I've been following Craigslist up and down the coast, and up and down the I-5 corridor. I've got a couple of recumbent forums on the computer that I'm on. I've posted on there and people around the country are checking for me," he said.

So far no luck, and while he hopes to get his bike back, he wants to know one thing from the person who took it: "My question is why? It's such a specialized piece of equipment that they're not going to be able to unload it."

Since Wilson doesn't have the money to replace his stolen bike, he's hoping his home insurance will help. He's still waiting to hear back from his insurance company.