Local businessman Rafael Ortiz is on the board of directors of the USA Cycling Board of Directors. He owns a one-of-a-kind USA Cycling team Olympic bike. It was, sadly, stolen, and he asks the public to keep an eye out for it.
Ortiz offers a modest reward. More details at the Santa Cruz Sentinel: Reward offered for Olympic racing bike stolen from Santa Cruz.
Speaking of theft, I recently ordered a Trackr Stickr that I plan to affix to my bike. This is a $25 small electronic gizmo that uses “crowd GPS” to help locate lost items. The Trackr Stickr is about the size of a quarter that you affix to things you don’t want to lose. Because of the technology it uses, you need a new-ish phone (iPhone 4s or newer, or Android 4.4 or newer on a phone with Bluetooth Low Energy).
Trackr uses Bluetooth Low Energy to tether to your mobile device. If it goes out of range, it pings other Bluetooth LE devices running Trackr and other Open Garden apps, to silently and anonymously forward the location of your Stickr’d item to Trackr.
It’s meant more for things like keeping track of small things like your car keys and pets, but I’m curious about about other possibilities like stolen bike recovery. I’ll experiment by handing my bike to friends in various locations and see how long it takes for me to find my bike. I’ll report my findings back here.