The Worst Kind of Bike Thievery

Staff Writer
Gold medalist Kristin Armstrong's Olympic bikes swiped?

Or bike lostery, as the case may be (yes, I made that word up). All that's clear at this point is that Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong's road and time trial bikes are missing. The bikes—a Felt DA1 time trialer and a Felt F1 roadie—were shipped home last week from the Eurobike show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, but the boxes arrived empty in Boise, ID, yesterday.

“The bikes mean so much to me. My TT bike is a symbol of all the hard work that has been put into this journey,” Armstrong said in a statement. “It is sad to think that somebody out there has taken this away from me and my family.”

Armstrong won her second gold medal riding the Felt DA (pictured below) in the time trial at this year's London Games, which gives her a more sentimental attachment to it. And, with the UCI World Championships just three days away, well, she kind of needs it again. Many will make the point that Armstrong is a pro and can replace this priceless ride free-of-charge, but you have to think this bike is just a bit lucky. Also, no matter how you look at it, it plain sucks having your bike stolen.

In case you see someone cruising around your neighborhood on an insanely beautiful bike (and they're not a local investment banker/triathlete) with stars and stripes detailing, has a super-detailed description of Armstrong's time trial bike (no tape on the handlebars, non-circular chainrings, etc.). Just click the photo above for a closer look. VeloNews has also posted the following bike descriptions/component breakdowns:

Felt DA time trial bike
Frameset: Felt DA1 51cm, custom Kristin Armstrong/USA paint scheme
Group: SRAM Red 2012
Cranks: SRAM BB30 with SRM power meter
Chainrings: SRAM TT 54/42
Aerobars: Zipp VukaBull Basebar with Carbon Race Vuka Shift Extensions
TT shifters: SRAM 900 TT
Shift cables: Gore Ride-On Ultra Light
Brake cables: Gore Ride-on
Front wheel: Zipp 808 Firecrest Tubular
Rear wheel: Zipp Super-9 Disc Tubular
Tires: Vittoria Crono 22mm
Saddle: fi’zi:k Ares TT
Other: K-Edge Pro Chain Catcher; Kristin Armstrong name on top tube

Flickr/The Road Diaries

Felt F1 road bike
Frameset: Felt F1 54cm, Custom Kristin Armstrong paint scheme
Group: SRAM Red 2012
Cranks: SRAM Red with SRM power meter
Bottom Bracket: SRAM Red GXP with ceramic bearings
Chainrings: SRAM Red 50/34
Cassette: SRAM RED 2012 11-26T
Stem: Zipp Service Course SL 110mm
Bars: Zipp Service Course CSL 42cm
Shift Cables: Gore Ride-On
Wheels: Zipp 404 Firecrest Tubular
Tires: Vittoria Corsa CX
Saddle: fi’zi:k Antares
Pedals/Cleats: Speedplay Nanogram Zero
Other: K-Edge Pro Chain Catcher; K-Edge Number Holder; Arundel carbon bottle cage

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