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Bike Hunters

VanMoof Bike Hunt Report: December

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but a Bike Hunter’s work is never done. This time, Eus recruits newcomer Hidde for a high-stakes rescue mission in downtown Paris, while the team reflects on everything they’ve learned over the last 12 months.

What makes a great Bike Hunter? It’s a question we’ve been asking ourselves a lot recently, especially as the team grows... and bike thieves launch ever-more-desperate attempts to outwit our international team. With a major break-in at our Paris brand store, Eus needed to recruit some fresh backup – the perfect opportunity to reflect on what makes us ‘us’.

As always, there was no time to waste. The thieves had made off with two new bikes, and they’d just started pinging new coordinates. Deciding that 600km was a little too far to bike, Eus and Hidde hopped into the VanMoof Tesla and settled in for the six-hour road trip. Parisien brand store manager Pierre had warned them that they were heading into one of the city’s most notorious neighborhoods, but the dynamic duo got straight to work upon arrival, scouting for potential bike hiding spots.

Reconnaissance complete, Eus and Hidde called it a night, knowing they’d have to outsmart both thieves and rioters the next day. The boys made an early start, heading to a particularly shady suburb to track down the missing Electrified and Smart bike. It wasn’t easy, and Hidde found himself dropped in the deep end, playing a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the fleet-footed thieves.

Despite the Hunter’s best efforts, the thieves managed to stay one step ahead. With time running out, our team launched a last-ditch attempt, scouring the district’s parking garages with our high-strength Bluetooth scanner. Will they find the bikes? And will Hidde graduate to full-time Bike Hunter? Watch now to find ut.

Does the thought of someone stealing your Smart or Electrified send you into a cold sweat? Peace of Mind Service to the rescue! It’s our ironclad guarantee that we’ll recover your bike in the event it gets stolen.

How does Peace of Mind theft protection work? Simple. When you report your bike stolen in the VanMoof app, we alert our ruthless Bike Hunter team to track it down. If we can’t recover it for you within two weeks, we'll replace it with a bike of the same (or better) age and condition.

Peter Gigg

About this author

Peter Gigg is VanMoof's resident Brit. He enjoys writing, running, and remaining in the EU.