PORTLAND, Ore. -- A man has turned to social media to find his one-of-a-kind bicycle, stolen from a busy street near downtown.
Matt Wood was visiting a friend at the Central Eastside Lofts, located on N.E. 6th Avenue and Couch Street, around 8 p.m. Monday. He tried to leave the building at 1 a.m. Tuesday. That’s when he noticed his bike was gone.
"The lock was laying on the ground. I thought oh no,” said Wood.
He filed a police report online on Tuesday, and went to the property manager of the building about the theft. He hasn’t heard from Police yet.
Wood said the property manager had surveillance video of two men first checking out his bike at 8:48 p.m., and then one of the men stealing it an hour later.
"It looks like they used a heavy duty lock cutter, a number of snips to get the lock to break,” Wood explained.
The property manager gave Wood four still images of the men from the surveillance video. The bike that was stolen is on the front bike rack in the photos. Wood has shared those and information about the theft on Reddit and Craigslist, wanting to get word out to as many people as possible.
"I'd like to let them know how sad i am. I mean I could say I'm angry, I think I am, but it's just so disheartening to be in a town like Portland where we love to bike and I love bikes. And, to have this happen just kind of rips the gut out,” said Wood.
Wood estimates the street value of the bike at $2,000. He custom built it - on a "Giant Defy XL" brand frame (model year 2012) - with his own hands.
The custom components are comprised of the frame; Mavic wheels with Gatorskin tires; FSA Energy crankset with Crank Brothers Mallet C pedals; Campagnolo Veloce front and rear brakes; Campagnolo Veloce 10-spd rear cassette and Veloce 10-spd rear derailer; Campagnolo Century 11-spd front derailer; Giant seat post with 'fisik' seat; Campagnolo Veloce Powershift Ergos shifters/brake levers.
The bike is primarily black with red and white highlights/decals and has black tires on silver rims. It had a black bike rack, slim and low profile black fenders, black bar tape with silver handlebars, and a black seat post with a black seat.
"It was a labor of love for me, acquiring those parts, not just over several months, but years. Once I had that frame I was able to assemble it into what it was,” Wood explained.
Now, without a bike to make his daily commute, Wood is searching for it, and the men he believes ripped him off. He's optimistic someone will recognize his bike, or the thieves.