The Revenge of the Bike Thieved

This guy is one proactive victim:

In 2006, thieves stole writer Patrick Symmes’ bike in broad daylight on a crowded, New York City street. This inspired Symmes to set out to catch a bike thief — any bike thief.

He tells the tale of this revenge-fueled, cross-country journey in the Outside magazine piece “Who Pinched My Ride?” The story is filled with GPS trackers, police stakeouts and undercover stings in what Symmes describes as “the dangerous underworld of vanished bicycles.”

Story has lots of good advice on keeping your bike safe and some good caller stories. Worth a listen.

Read more: Seeking Revenge in the ‘Underworld’ of Bikes {npr}.