While riding on the Springwater Corridor path in the early morning of May 10th, someone knocked Portland resident Vincent Rodarte off his bike. The impact caused him to lose consciousness. When he woke up, his custom-built mountain bike was gone.
“The details on that still elude me,” Rodarte wrote on the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association email list where he first reported the incident.
It happened between 12:30 and 3:00 am at the intersection where the Springwater passes SE Tacoma and 32nd streets (map).
Rodarte is appealing to the community to look out for his bike in hopes that it can be recovered. He’s filed a police report and has been in contact with a with PPB Bike Theft Task Force member who has already begun searching the area. Rodarte got a tip that his bike was spotted under I-405 and NW 19th, but so far police haven’t been able to get it back.
Medium On-One Parkwood 29
RaceFace crank w/ NW 38t ring
SRAM NX1 Rear Derailleur
SRAM NX 1 10-42 Cassette
SRAM NX 1 Right Side Trigger Shifter
SRAM Guide R brakes
Shimano M520 pedals
On-One Knuckleball Carbon handle bar, black
SRAM 900 hubset (20mm TA Front / Std 135/QR rear)
Velocity Blunt 35, Black, 32 hole
Specialized Butcher & Purgatory 2Bliss 29×2.3 tires (w/ tubes)
Light & Motion head light
Garmin Edge 200
SKS clip on fenders
Rodarte said that he regrets riding on that section of the Springwater at that time. “I know I made a poor route choice considering the time of day… I keep kicking myself in the @$$ for it.”
But someone on the OBRA list replied to say that he shouldn’t blame himself.
“We must be able to ride wherever and whenever we want and be safe,” someone wrote. “Our presence in these questionable spots is important even if there are issues along the way. Assault and theft are the issues though we must not bow down to this in our community. I ride at night in questionable places and I am afraid but I must plow through this to make mine and our presence known.”
If you see Vincent’s bike, please call Portland Police non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333 and reference report number 2017-906788.