Missing bike turns up again
September 20, 2006
Michele Bass’ expensive racing bike that went missing last week after the Ride for the Cure has turned up.”I’m delighted,” Bass said. “It’s fabulous news.”
“I just noticed it this morning,” said Alison Roberts, who found the bike parked in front of her office at the Red Brick Center for the Arts. Roberts works for The Buddy Program, a nonprofit that matches kids with adult mentors. She moved to Aspen from Maine just six weeks ago. Roberts saw the article on the front page of Wednesday’s edition of The Aspen Times, recognized the bike in front of the building and called the police.
And how did the bike get from Paepcke Park to the Red Brick? Kevin Herzing saw the article and contacted Bass. He said he tripped over the bike on his way home from work at Blue Maize on the night after the ride. He took the bike home and scoured the local papers for a lost-and-found entry.Herzing said he regrets not just contacting the police right away. A roommate left the bike at the Red Brick in hopes that someone would recognize it, he said.
“Michele has her bike back and I’m happy about it,” Herzing said.”I was just glad that I could help out,” Roberts said.
As a member of the nonprofit community, Roberts said she was appalled that a bike should go missing at such an event, and she was happy for its return. Bass gave Roberts a hug and a check for $500.”It’s just such a happy bike,” Bass said of her polka-dotted racer. “I’m psyched to have it back,” she said.Charles Agar’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.