I found out yesterday that a good friend of mine, a neighbor, had three bikes stolen out of his garage in the last month. He's not sure exactly when, since he doesn't use them as often as he'd like to. He thinks his garage door was left open by family over the holidays, and the perpetual alley-cruisers in our neighborhood took the bikes out of his garage.
I suspect they would have been sold almost immediately..if you happen to see something matching these descriptions, please let me know.
1) 1970s Peugeot UO8. Men's frame. 57cm c-t. White with black graphic. Rather beat-up, esp. the top-tube. Has a chromed steel Wald upright bar with cool retro reverse brake levers in the bar-ends, very distinctive looking..alloy simplex rear derailleur with nervar cotterless cranks. Mafac racer brakes. OT ergonomic saddle. This bike looked scruffy, but rode perfectly, and I'm really bummed someone took it, because I fixed it up for my friend to ride after he got it at a garage sale.
2) 1970s Motobecane. Unsure of the model. Root-beer metallic. It was a nice mid-line road-bike, fully functional, quite tall (I think 61cm c-t or something like that)..saddle/seat-post is likely all the way down. Has OT ergonomic saddle also...
Anyone in the Los Angeles area who sees anything that looks like either one of these on ebay or craigslist or around..please shoot a pic of it if you see something in person..and let me know.
Charles Andrews Los Angeles
"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee."