Some JERK Stole My Bike

By Jane Mountain | May 28, 2015

As you, our loyal readers know, between in 2013 and 2014 Jane and I rode our Surly Long Haul Trucker bicycles 16,000 km through 22 countries. It was an incredible opportunity to meet people where they live and work and to get to know the world better.

We never had any trouble with crime on the entire trip.

Then I went to Los Angeles…

Last week, my bike was stolen from La Brea at Beverley in the middle of the afternoon. Heartbreaking.

I feel like Bruce McCulloch from Kids in the Hall felt when someone stole his front wheel.

Many people offered to help fund a new bike for me, which is kind, and generous, and I appreciate the offer. But, the truth is, I can afford a new bike.

Instead of helping me buy a bike, you could buy a bike for a little girl in Vietnam. For a Vietnamese girl, owning a bike can mean the difference between a safe ride to school and never getting an education at all.

The money will go to 100 Bikes For 100 Girls, a charity that provides bicycles and training in bike maintenance for young girls in Vietnam.

If we raise $1000 that equals 20 bicycles. $2000 means 40 Vietnamese girls will get new bikes. (I have set a goal of $2000 because that is roughly what it would cost to replace my bike.)

That would be AMAZING.

This is my thinking: if you have the money to help me, a fairly privileged Westerner, you have the money to help someone with a greater need. If the theft of my bike can help a group of young girls in Vietnam get an education, then it makes the hassle and the heartache worthwhile.

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Some Jerk Stole My Bike


  1. Comment by Will @ Bottled Air

    Will @ Bottled Air June 3, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Very touching post! I think it’s great that you saw the positive out of a bad situation, you seem like such a nice guy. Best of luck raising money for the Vietnamese girls and as you probably already know, you don’t need an amazing bike to go touring. We are on our way home from Asia and i’m logging around a cheapo thai supermarket bike! It’s slow…but fun :)

    I look forward to following your future posts :)

    • Comment by Stephen Ewashkiw

      Stephen Ewashkiw June 3, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      I am amazed you’re riding one of those Thai bikes to India. That is terrific. Your journey out of Bangkok looks traumatic. Many times we considered ditching our Surly’s and buying folding Chinese bikes. Sometimes you need a bus or train ride and the folding bikes just make life easier! I will be following along on your trip. Looks fantastic. We wanted to head through Burma and India too. Next time… Ride on. -S.

  2. Comment by david de Oregon

    david de Oregon May 28, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Being the victim of a property crime while travelling is not about the material loss, its about the violation…in the experience of travel you’re in, or seeking to be in, this positive meditative state, and some a-hole comes along to blast this figurative trumpet in your ear….. You bounce back and absorb it, though: first day of my first trip to Spain my camera was swiped, but Spain still ended up being one of my favorites (or ‘favourites.’)… Good charity idea…. All the best.

    • Comment by Stephen Ewashkiw

      Stephen Ewashkiw June 3, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      I was really surprised at how violated I felt. It was unexpected. But, I still got to ride it 12,000 miles and those memories won’t change because I get a different bike. -S.

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