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Trek-Livestrong bike stolen from Mellow Johnny’s

  • By Steve Frothingham
  • Published Nov. 24, 2009
  • Updated Aug. 15, 2010 at 6:39 PM EDT
This photo was taken Friday afternoon during a VeloNews photoshoot. Sometime over the weekend, one of these bikes was stolen. Photo: Brad Kaminski.

This photo was taken Friday afternoon during a VeloNews photoshoot. Sometime over the weekend, one of these bikes was stolen. Photo: Brad Kaminski.

Someone made off with a Team Trek-Livestrong time trial bike this weekend, swiping it from Lance Armstrong’s Mellow Johnny’s bike shop in Austin.

The Trek Equinox TTX SSL, which was used by team member Ryan Baumann during the 2009 season, was being stored in the future home of the Team RadioShack U.S. Service Course, in the same building as the bike shop.

Store sales manager Ted Arnold said the space was broken into early Sunday, and police initially thought nothing had been stolen. But Arnold was pretty sure there was one bike gone. He counted bikes in photos taken at the shop Friday afternoon by VeloNews photo editor Brad Kaminski and realized Baumann’s bike was gone.

The bike has custom-painted Bontrager aero bars and has Baumann’s name on the top tube. It has a Bontrager Aeolus 90 front wheel and a Zipp disc rear. It’s worth roughly $10,000 and is owned by Trek Bicycle.

Arnold said the shop hopes to use Twitter to enlist people to help find the bike, much as Armstrong used it to help recover his stolen TT bike at the Tour of California earlier this year.

Anyone with information on the bike should call store general manager Craig Staley at (512) 473-0222.

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