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    Weʼve raised £860 to replace Alex's new bike, stolen from a bike rack in Central Reading

    Reading, United Kingdom
    Funded on Wednesday, 1st February 2017

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    Story

    I went into Reading today (24th January 2017) and saw a note taped to a bike rack.

    The note was from "Alex", appealing to the thief that stole their brand new bike.

    Alex had worked hard and saved for a new bike, only to have it stolen after a mere week of bicycle ownership.

    My husband commutes on his bike every day, I enjoy the occasional trip to town on mine (I'm admittedly a fair weather cyclist!), but I understand the freedom a bike can give- and how amazing life can be when you have your own brand new wheels.

    Now I googled the bike that Alex had pictured, and it's a very modest, entry-level bike, sold by Tesco but now out of stock.

    I would like to provide Alex with a new, modest bike. With mudguards, and a very secure lock, and also some bike insurance! Bikes also need maintenance- I'd love to be able to buy a bit of maintenance kit too- and a couple of spare inner tubes to fix the inevitable punctures (it's normally me that ends up changing the inner tubes on the family bikes).

    I don't want Alex to regret recently moving to Reading- I love my little town. I love the people here, I love the town centre and I love our sense of community. I've been helped out by strangers before, and I'd love Alex to be able to not just see our town on two wheels but feel welcomed by its community.

    To that end, I've started this crowdfunder to get Alex a new bike.

    I'd really love to hear from anyone able to help offer us a deal on as good a bike we can get for Alex.

    Thanks for reading.

    Rachel

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    • Ben Thomas2 years ago
      Ben Thomas

      Ben Thomas

      2 years ago

      Just to update you all, yesterday I waited at the bike rack, and found Alex! Alex has provided me with the receipt for his original bike (as a way of identifying it was him), and is now in the process of getting back on the road again with the help of the very lovely folks at Pankhurst Cycles of Pangbourne. Thanks to everyone for donating, and being interested in the story. Kindness is magic. Pass it on. 🙂

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    • Ben Thomas2 years ago
      Ben Thomas

      Ben Thomas

      2 years ago

      Because we are likely to have some change left over from everyone's generosity, I will be donating all surplus funds to Reading Bike Kitchen, so that the cycling community in Reading can help others get back on two wheels too. Thank you SO much for donating.

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    • Ben Thomas2 years ago
      Ben Thomas

      Ben Thomas

      2 years ago

      Completely blown away by everyone's support for getting Alex a new bike. I'm so touched that so many people in Reading and beyond have wanted to help Alex get back on wheels. After doing a bit of research into costs, I have increased the total to £500. This is because Justgiving take a 5% cut, and also a year's insurance is about £60, and then there are mudguards and a lock... which wouldn't have left much for a bike after all of that. However the folks at http://www.pankhurstcycles.co.uk just offered to provide everything at cost!

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    Supporters

    80

    • John Shipperley

      John Shipperley

      Jan 26, 2017

      Thank you for making my day Rachel, such a lovely thoughtful thing to do. Best wishes to Alex.

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jan 26, 2017

      Well done.

      £10.00

    • Shelley Gore

      Shelley Gore

      Jan 26, 2017

      I had a bike stolen about 20 years ago. I was gutted but fortunately I had saved funds to draw on. When you rely on a bike to get you to and from work it is truely devastating. xxx

      £5.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jan 26, 2017

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jan 26, 2017

      Good for you!

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jan 26, 2017

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jan 26, 2017

      £10.00

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