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Bike Hunters

VanMoof Bike Hunt Report: May

The Bike Hunters are no strangers to danger, but they still respect social distancing measures. This month’s adventures took place before lockdown was enforced in our various international locations. Regular Bike Hunting operations will resume as soon as possible!

It looked like it was going to be a quiet month for the Bike Hunters. But looks can be deceiving – especially when it comes to stolen bikes. First up, our maverick Hunter Ryan was in hot pursuit of a missing Electrified S2 in downtown San Francisco. With Joshua riding shotgun, Ryan spotted a familiar looking frame on the other side of the street.

Hoping for an early win, the duo’s hopes were dashed when they checked the frame number; this VanMoof hadn’t been reported stolen. Still, the signal was still pinging from nearby, and our hunter quickly zoned in on two suspicious-looking characters at the side of the road. With typical SF charisma, Ryan asked if he could take a quick look at their bike, then discretely noted the frame number. It was a perfect match, which meant our suspects were in possession of a stolen VanMoof Electrified. Luckily, they didn’t need much persuading to part ways with the bike, and Ryan and Johua could return to base victorious.

Over in the Netherlands, Brice and Idse were setting out from our Amsterdam HQ to the neighbouring Utrecht. They were hunting a stolen S2 that was giving strong coordinates from a quiet residential district. The boys hit the ground running and soon located their target, as Idse spied the bike through the grille of an underground parking unit. With the frame number confirmed, there was nothing left to do except bring the bike home and schedule a touch-up appointment with the Bike Doctors. Brice and Idse were in and out of Utrecht in under an hour – not bad for an out-of-town Bike Hunt!

In Berlin, the hunt was more personal than ever, as top Hunter Daniel’s own bike had been stolen from outside his apartment. Daniel wasn’t going to waste any time, and set out the same night in search of the unfortunate thief. Despite Daniel’s expertise, the thief had managed to hide the bike out of range, and our Hunter was forced to go home empty handed.

The next day, Daniel was out for revenge. Together with Malte, he followed the bike’s fresh coordinates to central Berlin, where they spotted a father and son wheeling a bike which matched the description. Re-energized, Daniel followed in covert pursuit while Malte ran a background check to make sure it really was the right bike. As soon as he got confirmation, the pair moved in and explained the situation to the father. The father was already doubting the background of the bike he just bought, and more than happy to cooperate. But there was no time for celebration – Malte was now in desperate need of some lunch.

Back on home turf, Brice and Idse were notified of another stolen bike. But this time they didn’t have to go to Utrecht; they found the bike less than one block away from the owner’s house. The rider in question was as surprised as he was relieved, especially when he discovered the thief had used his own lock to secure the bike. All he had to do was use his key, and the bike was safely his again. It just goes to show that, while some stolen bikes can end up on the other side of the world, oftentimes a missing bike is closer than you’d think.

Does the thought of someone stealing the VanMoof S3 & X3 send you into a cold sweat? Peace of Mind: Theft 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 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

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