After the bike was stolen (it had never been ridden and did not
have working brakes), Ivan asked bike shops in the Los Angeles
area to keep an eye out for it. A guy came into Bicycle John’s in
Burbank asking to have the brakes fixed. The service department
suspected that it was Ivan’s stolen bike. They made an appointment
for the guy to bring the bike in and notified Ivan.
The thief didn’t show, but Ivan staked out the area around
Bicycle John’s and saw his prized possession being pushed down
the street. He called 911.
“I told 911 that I wasn’t going to lose that bike again, and I was
prepared to stop the guy myself,” explained Ivan. “They told me an
officer was on the way and to follow the suspect, but not to stop
him. It was hard. I just wanted my bike back.”
Officers arrived and stopped the man with the bike. Ivan joined
the fun with documentation of ownership. The crook’s story
changed a few times, and he was fitted with a shiny set of matching
The police returned the bike to Ivan for a happy ending to what
started out as a tale of woe. Ivan sat down with us—and his
recovered stolen property—to explain the logic behind his build of
a bike, which can easily be classified as a dream bike.