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Bike Hunters

VanMoof Bike Hunt Report: September

There’s (almost) nothing worse than having your bike stolen. But there’s nothing better than getting it back – just when you’d given up hope! In this month’s Bike Hunt Report, we reunite three riders with their beloved VanMoofs, and continue to outsmart bike thieves around the world.

There’s (almost) nothing worse than having your bike stolen. But there’s nothing better than getting it back – just when you’d given up hope! In this month’s Bike Hunt Report, we reunite three riders with their beloved VanMoofs, and continue to outsmart bike thieves around the world.

Over in sunny Tokyo, the Bike Hunters had been searching high and low for the second-ever Electrified S2 reported stolen in Japan. With the rider’s Peace of Mind just about to expire, our CMO Dave Shoemack joined the Hunters in their city-wide search. The signal was drawing them towards a crowded residential district, and — after a morning spent turbo boosting up and down the winding back alleys — Dave finally clapped eyes on the prize. With a crowd forming, there was just enough time for a quick tech demo of the bike’s features before returning the Electrified to its eager owner.

In Berlin, seasoned Bike Hunter Malte had recruited newbie Patrick for his second-ever Bike hunt. They took to the streets together, after rider Florian had alerted them to his missing bike. The dynamic duo were prepared for an all-day hunt, but they hadn’t counted on Patrick’s beginners’ luck – the S2 was found just 91 minutes after Patrick reported it stolen. Naturally, Patrick was pretty impressed, even if his German stoicism wouldn’t give it away. “I’m happy that I have my bike back, and that I don’t have to walk anymore.” Us too, Pat.

Back in Amsterdam, Bike Hunt regular Itse was doing his rounds when he got a FaceTime call from a rather excited rider. Raoul’s Peace of Mind coverage had just expired, but he’d managed to mount his own Bike Hunt, and found his missing Electrified locked outside the trendy Waterkant bar. Happy to provide some official assistance, Itse zipped over with the company-issued angle grinder and freed Raoul’s Electrified. With high-fives all round, Itse returned to base… recovering another VanMoof on the way.

It just goes to show – a Bike Hunter’s work is never done.

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.