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Stolen Bamboo Bike = Bikes for Kids

$4,774 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 242 people in 9 months

AMAZING NEWS!!!

AMAZING NEWS!!
After hours of tracking it down and talking to dozens of people on the streets, I HAVE MY BAMBOO BIKE BACK!!
In this photo with me is Guitar Johnny, and he's the one who stole my bike. He stole it to get his next fix. I didn't report him to the police and I'm not getting the law involved. Instead we are meeting today and talking about how he can do something good for humanity to make up for it.
Jail time won't solve any problems. We know better than that by now. We need compassion for one another and we need to talk about the root to the problems that exist today in the USA.
Johnny has committed to helping to fix bikes for people in need to make up for stealing the bike.
More amazing news, through the gofundme we raised enough money to buy bikes for 10 kids who've had their bikes stolen. I hope that Johnny is going to deliver the bikes to these kids with me.
I will not let a stolen bike make the world a worse place. It is in my power to make the world a better place and that's exactly what I'm going to do.
Thank you all for your support. I love you all so much and wish you the strength to treat all people, creatures, and the earth with great kindness.

 

More great news!!
We've already raised enough funds to meet the goal of giving bikes to 10 kids who've had their bike stolen! You can still donate if you'd like. All extra funds will be used to do good deeds for the rest of 2017 and buy bikes for people who've had their bike stolen! 

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My bamboo bike was stolen last night!

Those of you who know me probably know I have just around 100 possessions to my name and this is one of the most important, if not the most important. I don't have a car and it's my transportation. I've ridden across the United States doing good deeds on this bicycle. Thousands of miles of doing good deeds for others have been done on this bike! And now it's been stolen in a single bad deed. It's a little bit soul crushing.

I want to get this bike back and I'd like your help by sharing this story.

However, that is less important to me. As soon as the bike was stolen I asked myself, "How can I turn this into something good?" How can I turn my misfortune into someone else's fortune? How can I turn a bad deed into good deeds."

I quickly came up with an idea. I know how the horrible feeling of having a bike stolen. And I know it's happened to a lot of other people. It really does suck and can ruin someone's day and many days to come. Especially when it's they depend on it to get to work or school. So, I want to turn my stolen bike into help for others who've had their bike stolen before.  I'm in a fortunate enough scenario where I can figure out something for myself. But there are a lot of kids out there who have had their bikes stolen and live in low-income scenarios where they can't get another one. I want this stroke of bad luck for me to be good luck for 10 children who had a soul-crushing day when their bike was stolen. So, I have started to gofundme to raise funds to purchase 10 bikes for kids that don't have a bike because it was stolen.

I also am a strong believer in the idea that hate cannot drive out hate and darkness cannot drive out darkness. In that way, I will apply that to this scenario. Bad deeds cannot drive out bad deeds. Only good deeds can do that. To combat this bad deed that has been done to me I will be doing good deeds for the rest of 2017. I want a world with more good in it and so this bad deed that has been done to me has enforced that I must do more good. 

I am going to search for my bike today and if I find the thief I am not going straight to the police. Instead I am going to talk to him and ask him why and hear him out. I am going to ask him to commit to take a bike repair and maintenence class (that this fund will pay for) and then commit to 100 hours of volunteering to help people to fix their own bikes. This is the option that I will give rather than going to jail, and spending tax payer dollars on a system that likely won't create the results that are needed for a more just society to be created.


Details about the theft:

Stolen at 9:00 PM in front of Catamaran hotel on Mission Bay. It was on the bike path on the bay. I was just 20 feet away, looking at the moon, and saw it happen. The thief sped off going north on the path and probably headed off at Fanuel and went North into Pacific beach. It looked like a young male (maybe 20's or 30') but it was dark so hard to tell. He was capable of riding the bike very fast so he definitely was not an old man. He looked fairly fit / skinny.

Details about the bike:

See photos for details. It's a one of a kind bamboo bike. If you are in San Diego and you see a bamboo bike, it's probably it. It says Goodfluence on the top tube and Calfee DIY on the bottom tube. The joints of the bike are black and look like carbon fiber but it's actually casting tape. The good news is that you'll know this bike if you see it. 

The bike had a red pannier on the rear bike rack. That could easily be removed so I wouldn't be looking for that in particular. My bike tools, my girlfriends jacket (which I was bringing to her to ride home together) and about $80 cash were in the bag. 









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Hello everyone!
I wanted to update you with some information.
Before I had started the GoFundMe I had donations coming in through my nonprofit which totaled up to $728. The GoFundMe has raised $4,774 which means the total amount raised at this point is $5,502. That is $2,500 above the goal!

Please be patient with me, as it will take some time to do these good deeds. It's far more than I had expected or hoped for!

I have created an online document that will be updated as I use the funds for good deeds. It can be viewed at: http://bit.ly/GoodDeedFund This is to make this fund fully transparent.

On November 14th, I partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of San Diego to give bikes (plus a helmet and lock) to children whose parents could not afford to buy them bikes. Many of them had had their bikes stolen as well so it was amazing to be able to turn my bike theft into a new bike for them! 2 local news stations came to the event to spread the word of the good deeds!
At this point I am excited to let you all know that I have already been able to give out 13 bikes to kids! And I still have $3,435 left in the funds to do good deeds. So, a lot more is coming!

The local, NBC, ABC, and CBS all covered this story as well as Bicycling Magazine and a few other media outlets.
Here are the stories:
ABC San Diego: http://www.10news.com/news/man-turns-bike-theft-into-act-of-giving
CBS San Diego: http://www.cbs8.com/story/36846718/man-raises-money-to-replace-stolen-bicycles
NBC San Diego: https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Stolen-Bike-Mission-Beach-Raises-Money-Less-Fortunate-456909403.html
Bicycling Magazine: https://www.bicycling.com/culture/rob-greenfield-stolen-bike-hugs-thief

It’s been an incredibly busy time since my bike got stolen. Between getting it back and organizing all the bikes to give away it’s amounted to 50+ hours of work. With that and all my other projects, I have been exhausted.

Some of you may not know, but I did get the bike back! Many of you have asked how I managed to get it back. I hit the streets and talked to dozens of people and managed to track it down with one little clue at a time. Many of the people on the streets were extremely helpful and I would not have found it without their help. I am so thankful for all of them. I filmed a couple hours of footage while I was my adventure to get my bike back. I will be producing a short film about the whole experience. I hope to have that out within a few months. If there are any filmmakers out there that would like to partner to produce this please contact me. I am also looking for an animator.



As far as an update with Johnny, I really tried to get him to get involved but have not had any success and now that I’m not in San Diego I don’t think I will be able to. He did not want to deliver the bikes to kids with me because he said he’s not a good influence. I gave him my number so that we could make plans for having him repair bikes but he hasn’t called and that was over a week ago. I do hope the compassion I gave him was beneficial to him and will be a more positive result than dealing with the police and “correctional facilities.” I’m confident that it was the right way to deal with the situation. I would have loved to have gotten him more involved but I feel that I did what I could in the time that I had in San Diego, as I don’t live there.

This has been an incredibly positive experience. It was an extremely emotional one as well with getting to know a lot of people on the streets and people who’ve had their bikes stolen. I am beyond grateful for everyone’s help and support. Together we really did turn a bad deed into over a dozen good deeds, and many, many more to come!

I love you all and am grateful for every one of you,
Rob
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After hours of tracking it down and talking to dozens of people on the streets, I HAVE MY BAMBOO BIKE BACK!!
In this photo with me is Guitar Johnny, and he's the one who stole my bike. He stole it to get his next fix. I didn't report him to the police and I'm not getting the law involved. Instead we are meeting today and talking about how he can do something good for humanity to make up for it.
Jail time won't solve any problems. We know better than that by now. We need compassion for one another and we need to talk about the root to the problems that exist today in the USA.
Johnny has committed to helping to fix bikes for people in need to make up for stealing the bike.
More amazing news, through the gofundme we raised enough money to buy bikes for 10 kids who've had their bikes stolen. I hope that Johnny is going to deliver the bikes to these kids with me.
I will not let a stolen bike make the world a worse place. It is in my power to make the world a better place and that's exactly what I'm going to do.
Thank you all for your support. I love you all so much and wish you the strength to treat all people, creatures, and the earth with great kindness.
AMAZING NEWS!!!
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Raised by 242 people in 9 months
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