MUni Thieves!!!

Uni friends,

My apologies to the people who receive this twice. It’s important, and I
wanted to get it out ASAP. Everyone, please be on the lookout for a couple of
missing MUnis:

MY TWO BEST MUNIS WERE STOLEN OUT OF MY CAR LAST NIGHT!

Reality is only slowly setting in. Somebody broke into my car last night, while
it was parked right next to our bedroom, and stole two unicycles, but nothing
else. When I went to go to work this morning, I noticed my keyhole was all
gouged out and damaged. Uh oh, I bet my stereo’s gone. I just got a new one last
summer. Nope, still there, and untouched; the cassette still sticking out of it.
Hmmm. So why break in? Uh oh again, the sliding door was not closed all the way.
Sure enough, my two MUnis are gone. And nothing else.

Somebody had to go to great trouble to break into my car to get two unicycles.
Apparently the unicycles were the target, so I assume the thief knew what he or
she was after. It’s hard to see into my car with its dark windows, but the
license plate does say “UNICYCL”.

Missing:
- Roger Davies carbon fiber custom MUni
- DM ATU, chrome frame, Gazzaloddi 2.6" tire

I know this isn’t the first MUni theft. It’s also not the first time I’ve had a
unicycle stolen. One disappeared when my “unibug” was stolen in 1983. But this
is the first time the unicycles were the target. I’ve even had my car broken
into before, and “traditional” valuables stolen while unicycles were left alone.

What is a thief going to do with those unicycles? They stick out like sore
thumbs. Hopefully they stick out enough that one of us will spot them someday.
I’m alerting everyone I know, and I will call all the bike shops in the area.

Please keep your eye out for unusual unicycles, or people talking about
unicycles they’ve seen. If you hear of something for sale, please notify me so I
can contact the seller. I’m willing to buy them back if they can be found, as
the seller probably is not the thief.

Having your unicycle stolen sucks!

Following is a description of the missing unicycles:

  1. Roger Davies Carbon: Black frame, with obvious carbon fiber tubing and
    black-painted aluminum lugs. Narrow 26" Campanoglo rim with red MTB tire.
    Silver Wellgo WAM pedals. Thudbuster Uni-Pivot suspension seat post, and
    green Miyata air seat.

  2. DM ATU: Chrome tubular frame. Silver-painted steel seatpost with
    reinforcement to keep the seat stiff. Red Miyata air seat. 2.6" Gazzaloddi
    tire. Tubular BMX cranks. Red alloy Wellgo BMX toothy pedals.

I really, really hate thieves. Those unicycles are MINE!!! This cannot be
tolerated. One of the reasons we have so much crime in this country is that
people are complacent. I’M NOT. I’ve heard stories of other break-ins in my
neighborhood. Not acceptable. I will alarm my car, put lights on the house,
etc. This in lieu of moving, which we’re not going to do soon. Crime can
happen anywhere.

Sorry about the venting. Protect your valuables, and please keep your eyes and
ears open. Let’s see if these kidnap-victims show up.

Stay in charge, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone (reply to jfoss@unicycling.com)
http://www.unicycling.com

NOTE: Views expressed in messages with this signature are exclusively those of
John Foss, and do not necessarily represent the views of the Unicycling
Society of America, International Unicycling Federation, or other
positions of responsibility John may occupy.

RE: MUni Thieves!!!

John- I’m sick for you! I’ll keep an eye out for 'em around here.

Hugh

-----Original Message----- From: John Foss [mailto:john_foss@asinet.com] Sent:
Tuesday, February 01, 2000 12:06 PM Uni friends,

My apologies to the people who receive this twice. It’s important, and I
wanted to get it out ASAP. Everyone, please be on the lookout for a couple of
missing MUnis:

MY TWO BEST MUNIS WERE STOLEN OUT OF MY CAR LAST NIGHT!

Reality is only slowly setting in. Somebody broke into my car last night, while
it was parked right next to our bedroom, and stole two unicycles, but nothing
else. When I went to go to work this morning, I noticed my keyhole was all
gouged out and damaged. Uh oh, I bet my stereo’s gone. I just got a new one last
summer. Nope, still there, and untouched; the cassette still sticking out of it.
Hmmm. So why break in? Uh oh again, the sliding door was not closed all the way.
Sure enough, my two MUnis are gone. And nothing else.

Somebody had to go to great trouble to break into my car to get two unicycles.
Apparently the unicycles were the target, so I assume the thief knew what he or
she was after. It’s hard to see into my car with its dark windows, but the
license plate does say “UNICYCL”.

Missing:
- Roger Davies carbon fiber custom MUni
- DM ATU, chrome frame, Gazzaloddi 2.6" tire

I know this isn’t the first MUni theft. It’s also not the first time I’ve had a
unicycle stolen. One disappeared when my “unibug” was stolen in 1983. But this
is the first time the unicycles were the target. I’ve even had my car broken
into before, and “traditional” valuables stolen while unicycles were left alone.

What is a thief going to do with those unicycles? They stick out like sore
thumbs. Hopefully they stick out enough that one of us will spot them someday.
I’m alerting everyone I know, and I will call all the bike shops in the area.

Please keep your eye out for unusual unicycles, or people talking about
unicycles they’ve seen. If you hear of something for sale, please notify me so I
can contact the seller. I’m willing to buy them back if they can be found, as
the seller probably is not the thief.

Having your unicycle stolen sucks!

Following is a description of the missing unicycles:

  1. Roger Davies Carbon: Black frame, with obvious carbon fiber tubing and
    black-painted aluminum lugs. Narrow 26" Campanoglo rim with red MTB tire.
    Silver Wellgo WAM pedals. Thudbuster Uni-Pivot suspension seat post, and
    green Miyata air seat.

  2. DM ATU: Chrome tubular frame. Silver-painted steel seatpost with
    reinforcement to keep the seat stiff. Red Miyata air seat. 2.6" Gazzaloddi
    tire. Tubular BMX cranks. Red alloy Wellgo BMX toothy pedals.

I really, really hate thieves. Those unicycles are MINE!!! This cannot be
tolerated. One of the reasons we have so much crime in this country is that
people are complacent. I’M NOT. I’ve heard stories of other break-ins in my
neighborhood. Not acceptable. I will alarm my car, put lights on the house,
etc. This in lieu of moving, which we’re not going to do soon. Crime can
happen anywhere.

Sorry about the venting. Protect your valuables, and please keep your eyes and
ears open. Let’s see if these kidnap-victims show up.

Stay in charge, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone (reply to jfoss@unicycling.com)
http://www.unicycling.com

NOTE: Views expressed in messages with this signature are exclusively those of
John Foss, and do not necessarily represent the views of the Unicycling
Society of America, International Unicycling Federation, or other
positions of responsibility John may occupy.

Re: MUni Thieves!!!

In a message dated 2/1/00 9:10:46 AM Pacific Standard Time,
john_foss@asinet.com writes:

<< What is a thief going to do with those unicycles? They stick out like sore
thumbs. Hopefully they stick out enough that one of us will spot them someday.
I’m alerting everyone I know, and I will call all the bike shops in the area. >>

Keep an eye on E-Bay too.

-Mike UniChef@unichef.com www.unichef.com

RE: MUni Thieves!!!

Dear Unicycling Community,

This is a note of thanks to all of you who responded to my story the other day
of having my MUnis stolen. The outpouring of moral support, and the offers of
help were very heartwarming. Once again I am reminded of why I stay so involved
in this unicycling community, because it’s one of the world’s greatest groups
of people.

Not only did I get words of sympathy from four continents, I was offered loaner
equipment from several people:

  • A Telford from Geoffrey Faraghan
  • A new DMATU from John Drummond
  • A spare unicycle from Scott Bridgeman

I’ve never even met Scott! But I know I will. Many others offered to keep an eye
out. Tim Bustos also offered to check some of his nearby bike and pawn shops.

It’s nice to know I will never be without a ride in this world. For the time
being, I’ll use my trusty old red Miyata, the been-everywhere done-everything
cycle. I do not intend to ever ride my old Piece 'o Schwinn again.

We will see if anything turns up locally, and ask everyone we know to keep their
eyes and ears open for tales of fancy unicycles, either for sale, or spotted on
a trail. I’m even thinking of offering a reward, for any information that leads
to their return. probably $50 or $100.

Thanks again to everyone; it’s nice to know when one has friends.

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone (reply to jfoss@unicycling.com)
http://www.unicycling.com

“Who would ever steal two #$%&@|!@%% MUnis! No matter what they do, they’ll
never get a mountain bike out of it.” - John Foss on February 1, 2000

RE: MUni Thieves!!!

> This is a note of thanks to all of you who responded to my story the other day
> of having my MUnis stolen.

In my thanks of the unicycling community, I forgot to mention you are not alone.
Jacquie’s business partner Kelly McGurran offered to take up a collection at
their office to help me buy a new one.

Did he know how much was involved? Yes. Jacquie says if he knew I was in
trouble, he would have whipped out his checkbook right away; he’s just that kind
of person.

Just goes to show there are plenty of great people left in the world who
aren’t unicyclists. But he’s planning on coming with us this summer to UNICON
X, so some of you will get to meet him there!

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone (reply to jfoss@unicycling.com)
http://www.unicycling.com

“Who would ever steal two #$%&@|!@%% MUnis! No matter what they do, they’ll
never get a mountain bike out of it.” - John Foss on February 1, 2000

Re: MUni Thieves!!!

----- Original Message ----- From: John Foss <john_foss@asinet.com> Sent:
Tuesday, February 01, 2000 5:05 PM Subject: MUni Thieves!!!

-snip-

> 1. Roger Davies Carbon: Black frame, with obvious carbon fiber tubing and
> black-painted aluminum lugs. Narrow 26" Campanoglo rim with red MTB tire.
> Silver Wellgo WAM pedals. Thudbuster Uni-Pivot suspension seat post, and
> green Miyata air seat.

John’s frame was also slightly different from all others, it has 4x steel pins
in the legs of the frame. These can not be removed or hidden.

Roger

RE: MUni Thieves!!!

Sounds like another case for Sherlock Holmes! Seriously though, that is -such- a
bummer… good luck getting them back. Since they are so unique, I would
venture that you have a good chance.

> MY TWO BEST MUNIS WERE STOLEN OUT OF MY CAR LAST NIGHT!

Re: MUni Thieves!!!

Greetings

In message “MUni Thieves!!!”, John Foss wrote…
>Uni friends,

My sympathies. I do hope you find them. In Japan, where the crime rate ]is very
low, I have a few unicycles, including my Coker, out inthe open next to thge
main entrance. Good luck.

>My apologies to the people who receive this twice. It’s important, and I
>wanted to get it out ASAP. Everyone, please be on the lookout for a couple of
>missing MUnis:
>
>MY TWO BEST MUNIS WERE STOLEN OUT OF MY CAR LAST NIGHT!
>
>Reality is only slowly setting in. Somebody broke into my car last night,
>while it was parked right next to our bedroom, and stole two unicycles, but
>nothing else. When I went to go to work this morning, I noticed my keyhole was
>all gouged out and damaged. Uh oh, I bet my stereo’s gone. I just got a new
>one last summer. Nope, still there, and untouched; the cassette still sticking
>out of it. Hmmm. So why break in? Uh oh again, the sliding door was not closed
>all the way. Sure enough, my two MUnis are gone. And nothing else.
>
>Somebody had to go to great trouble to break into my car to get two unicycles.
>Apparently the unicycles were the target, so I assume the thief knew what he
>or she was after. It’s hard to see into my car with its dark windows, but the
>license plate does say “UNICYCL”.
>
>Missing:
> - Roger Davies carbon fiber custom MUni
> - DM ATU, chrome frame, Gazzaloddi 2.6" tire
>
>I know this isn’t the first MUni theft. It’s also not the first time I’ve had
>a unicycle stolen. One disappeared when my “unibug” was stolen in 1983. But
>this is the first time the unicycles were the target. I’ve even had my car
>broken into before, and “traditional” valuables stolen while unicycles were
>left alone.
>
>What is a thief going to do with those unicycles? They stick out like sore
>thumbs. Hopefully they stick out enough that one of us will spot them someday.
>I’m alerting everyone I know, and I will call all the bike shops in the area.
>
>Please keep your eye out for unusual unicycles, or people talking about
>unicycles they’ve seen. If you hear of something for sale, please notify me so
>I can contact the seller. I’m willing to buy them back if they can be found,
>as the seller probably is not the thief.
>
>Having your unicycle stolen sucks!
>
>Following is a description of the missing unicycles:
>
>1. Roger Davies Carbon: Black frame, with obvious carbon fiber tubing and
> black-painted aluminum lugs. Narrow 26" Campanoglo rim with red MTB tire.
> Silver Wellgo WAM pedals. Thudbuster Uni-Pivot suspension seat post, and
> green Miyata air seat.
>
>2. DM ATU: Chrome tubular frame. Silver-painted steel seatpost with
> reinforcement to keep the seat stiff. Red Miyata air seat. 2.6" Gazzaloddi
> tire. Tubular BMX cranks. Red alloy Wellgo BMX toothy pedals.
>
>I really, really hate thieves. Those unicycles are MINE!!! This cannot be
>tolerated. One of the reasons we have so much crime in this country is that
>people are complacent. I’M NOT. I’ve heard stories of other break-ins in my
>neighborhood. Not acceptable. I will alarm my car, put lights on the house,
>etc. This in lieu of moving, which we’re not going to do soon. Crime can
>happen anywhere.
>
>Sorry about the venting. Protect your valuables, and please keep your eyes and
>ears open. Let’s see if these kidnap-victims show up.
>
>Stay in charge, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone (reply to jfoss@unicycling.com)
>http://www.unicycling.com
>
>
>NOTE: Views expressed in messages with this signature are exclusively those of
> John Foss, and do not necessarily represent the views of the Unicycling
> Society of America, International Unicycling Federation, or other
> positions of responsibility John may occupy.
>
>

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Re: MUni Thieves!!!

That’s really terrible news John, I’ve had two unicycles stolen from my mother’s
house, but I was able to collect some insurance money for them. They were not
near as valuable as the ones stolen from you. I remember I was very upset, my
uni’s are very dear to me! Hope you recover them.

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