STOLEN!! Batavus Breukelen 56cm Step-Through Bike

We have some sad news that we’re hoping someone out there in internet land can help us make into happy news: one of our customers had her bike stolen from the porch of her house on Manzanita Street in Silver Lake between 6pm on December 14th and 11am on December 15th.

If you have any info, see anyone riding it, etc. please contact the Flying Pigeon LA bike shop at 213-909-8986 or

The owner, Christine Louise Berry, had a very deep and personal relationship to her bike (as do we all, I find), but it was also her primary means of transportation. She was profiled by Velo Vogue on June 22, 2010, describing the bike:

“[I] chose a bike that replaces a car: it’s sturdy, visible, beautiful. The line of it is sweeping. It’s got this long stride. And the way the top bar slopes down — it’s so f-ing elegant. It has a skirt guard and a hub-generated light that never needs batteries – everything is made to last. Ultimately, it’s just springy, really fun, and I never have to think twice about riding.”

We know the bike is floating around somewhere in LA right now. If you see someone riding it – snap a photo and post it online. We’ve got the serial number for the bike on file and have some more detailed information about the bike to identify it.

In the meantime, we’ve loaned Christine a Flying Pigeon 3-speed, a lock, and a set of lights. We’re hoping that in the next few days someone will help us find this beautiful machine and get it returned to its rightful owner!

Send any information to the Flying Pigeon LA bike shop at 213-909-8986 or

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  1. Posted December 16, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    I did recently see this bike on Hoover street, however it was still being ridden by it’s owner Christine. It is very unique for LA, and I remarked to my wife at the time that it looked heavy and expensive. Stolen by someone with good taste, at least.

  2. Posted December 17, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    here’s a stock photo of the bike:×226.jpg

  3. Posted December 21, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    you guys are RAD for providing the loaner pigeon!! and Ms. Berry is a local hero for her transportation choices. i’m in that naberhood too, and will pass the word to the Cooks and friends of the Kitchen. that bike definitely stands out, so it will be worth a little effort from everyone.

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