Jeff Lenosky's Bikes & Camera Gear Stolen in California

Apr 26, 2019
by Sarah Moore  
Jeff Lenosky’s Stolen 145mm Travel 29er Sqweeb w/ Can’d Aid Inspired Paint


REEB Cycles is offering a free steel frame to anyone who returns Jeff Lenosky’s stolen bikes and video equipment. Jeff was just finishing up a month long trip spreading good vibes in California when his van was broken into outside his hotel in Anaheim, California on April 24th. Thieves took off with his two bikes, his camera gear and his computers, as well as the priceless data on the stolen hard drives.


PRESS RELEASE: REEB Cycles During Jeff Lenosky’s month long Sea Otter Classic west coast tour, rooted in the non-profit Can’d Aid’s children’s bike donations, the REEB Cycles team rider’s van was broken into outside of his hotel in Anaheim, CA the night of April 24th. Everything the 20 year professional and Youtube sensation uses to make a living including his two REEB Cycles bikes, computers, cameras and hard drives with all of his personal and professional data were stolen. REEB Cycles is offering a FREE steel REEB frame for anyone who can help return any of Jeff’s equipment.

Jeff’s West Coast trip included an assembly program where he encouraged over 6,000 kids to get excited about cycling, leading Trail Boss group rides with locals, hosting a Can’d Aid bike build with Work Horse Bicycles and donating 60 new bikes to an entire class of deserving Title One first graders at Highland Elementary while wowing them with his trials skills.

After the long flight home, Jeff stated “It’s completely demoralizing to spend a month on the road, away from my family, spreading good vibes and getting underprivileged kids on bikes to have the trip end this way. Everything I have compiled, personally and professionally, over many years of effort are housed on that equipment.”

Jeff Lenosky’s Stolen Pro Model: 27.5” Trials / Street / DJ Rig w/ Can’d Aid Foundation Inspired Paint in front of a class of stoked students.

Please contact REEB Cycles and Jeff with any details surrounding his stolen property: Jeff@reebcycles.com and reebme@reebcycles.com. The free reward is a REEB Cycles steel frame of your choice, model and size.


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121 Comments

  • + 83
 This sucks. Jeff is such a positive dude.
  • + 1
 Yeah people suck some times.
  • + 0
 @sutter2k: yes they do. And to reward them for stealing they get a free hardtail?
How about giving the bike to Jeff and turning in the thieives...
  • + 76
 Thanks for posting this Sarah. It’s such a bummer!
  • + 4
 Good luck buddy!!
  • + 6
 Sorry to hear this Jeff, Hopefully you had some cloud backups for the data. Everything else can be replaced. I'm native to the area so ill keep an eye out for those bikes. To say they are uncommon around here is an understatement.
  • + 2
 @dobermon: unless he free hand paints “Pivot” or “Yeti” on the side. Or “Santa Cruise”
  • + 1
 Hope you get your stuff back!
  • + 36
 Thieves broke the window to my truck one night to steal some tools. My neighbor stood in his back yard and shot up their car with his AR15. Theives panicked and drove on shredded tires down a dead end and were caught. Cops were like, nice.
  • + 22
 And this is probably what the rest of the world thinks happens when you commit a crime in America
  • + 8
 got to love Texas!!! If we did that here in Cali, we would be the ones in jail.
  • - 3
 You must not live in CA because all the weenies our here make sure that us legit folk can’t own an AR15.
  • + 16
 Ah yes, smashing a window and stealing from a car definitely calls for shooting at people w/ a semi-automatic rifle. Smash and grab sucks but you gun nuts are ridiculous for shooting at them/thinking you should be killed for a couple thousand dollars of easily replaceable stuff (that your insurance would likely cover).
  • - 20
flag CaliCol (Apr 26, 2019 at 20:22) (Below Threshold)
 @stonant: like the star of California, you’re an enabler to these folks. Wait til one of them rob you, rape your wife and daughter, punch out your son, or even ass rape him and snake you watch. Then you’ll remember this and understand why we gun nuts believe what we believe as far as unloading on someone stealing from us.
  • + 7
 And that's why there's no crime in Texas! @CaliCol:
  • - 5
flag CaliCol (Apr 26, 2019 at 20:36) (Below Threshold)
 @Lugers: yeah, stonant is from Connecticut and doesn’t live in reality like the rest of us.
  • + 4
 @stonant: notice Jonah said his neighbors shot up the thieves cars.... I imagine had his neighbors been shooting at the thieves they most likely never would have made it to their cars.... my AR’s hit center mass to 300 yards..... my .22lr AR does to 100 yards.
  • + 10
 @CaliCol: maybe you should spend less on guns and more on your education. You seem too angry to write a coherent sentence.
  • + 17
 @CaliCol: you're right. sorry the crowd here doesn't like it. they want to live somewhere like the UK, where theft and assault is rampant because the criminals know there are no real negative consequences. we don't have these type of brazen thefts in wyoming/idaho very often, probably because it's common knowledge that there is an extremely high likelihood of being shot at.

@stonant he didn't kill anyone. we live in a 1st world country where theft is usually just a huge inconvenience, but when you steal from someone, you are really affecting their ability to feed their family. additionally, the same type of sociopaths who care only about themselves and are willing to destroy and take the property that others' worked hard for, are likely not many steps away from (or already have the capacity to) hurting someone physically. so when you consistently prove to them that the public is weak and unable to defend themselves, crime goes up. rape goes up. hot burglary and assault goes up. not a hard concept. the cops brutalize people for all sorts of shit every day, kill the wrong people, and you're on here mad that some guy shot out some thieves tires?

go ahead, downvote me because the truth hurts
  • + 1
 @stonant I live here, have guns, and still think this is made up/ridiculous
  • + 3
 @trialsracer: don’t start on use !
  • + 3
 @Matt115lamb: why not he's right, the crime level in the uk is going mental, hardly a day goes by without some one getting knifed to death or seriously hurt, also around my area I see a speed camera van almost as often as a police car on patrol, I cant remember the last time I saw a cop walking the streets, and god knows how many speed cameras there are on the M6 between Birmingham and Manchester , got to keep the serious crime money rolling in though eh.
  • + 2
 @mark3: don’t drive like lunatic and you’ll be fine ! We do need more police and you know who’s to blame for that !
  • + 2
 @mark3: a police chief said on tv the other day that they don’t investigate cycle thefts cos of police cuts , so invest in a good chain and lock !
  • + 2
 @Matt115lamb: I don't drive like a lunatic, just saying the government is all about hitting the motorist to make easy money, rather than seeming to much about real crime,

also I have my bikes chained up in a locked and alarmed garage, after being burgled years ago by some thieving piece of shit, of which I did'nt get a single penny of compensation for to help toward the hundreds of pounds worth of damage he caused to my garage and car.


never mind though eh, keep hitting the motorist for money
  • + 4
 @rwjones4: Deadly force is authorized in Texas at night to retrieve your own property being stolen or the property of another. Stealing at night in TX is like playing russian roulette.
  • - 1
 @trialsracer: Wow, you're a veritable criminologist! The only things missing from you comment are actual facts/references to back up what you conclude. Please man, you're just making conclusions without any basis and trying to pass them off as the truth. That's weak.
  • + 4
 @BrianANC: It did happen. I was out of town at the time. What keeps it from being a completely happy ending is that when the detective showed me all the tools they retrieved from the trunk of the car, the missing tool case from my truck wasn't there! I knocked on doors down the dead end road they took and looked in bushes but never found it. oh well. What I found most funny is talking to my other neighbors about the incident. One old lady said "there was a loud noise" but nobody seemed to realize it was gunfire.

This neighborhood has a good record of citizens thwarting crime. A guy four houses down the street chased a daytime break-in artist across the highway until the cops could take over. There's no better crime repellent than vigilant and aggressive citizens.
  • + 3
 @trialsracer: No downvotes from me! You are so correct. Pity the piece of crap stealing peoples tools/livelihood and not the hardworking person who pulls their own weight in society. That is the lowest of the low, stealing someone's tools. Taking away someone's ability to support themselves or family. Too bad so many people in this world have their heads deeply inserted in their own ass.
  • - 3
 @byfan: that’s you’re come back? I’m uneducated because auto correct misspells words? Hahahha. Last time I checked I have two degrees and am pretty well educated
  • + 1
 @DrPerceptron: hahahahahha well it seems like you haven't seen any data either! What happened after the UK banned handguns? Crime skyrocketed!, look at this data: crimeresearch.org/2016/04/murder-and-homicide-rates-before-and-after-gun-bans

It all became worse after the migrant crisis, child rape and rape in general is rampant, stabbings are rampant, thefts are rampant, did you read the story of the little boy that was ass-raped by a migrant because "he hadn't had sex in months and couldn't resist"? ooh but you seem to love them soo soo much lol. Keep it going leftist, it will all end well for you and your people.
  • + 3
 @apatipsychonaut4: ah yes, the website run from a dudes basement that shows a ‘spike’ because he manipulated the y-axis to show a drastic jump from 12-16 and then back down to ~13 homicides per MILLION. Conveniently ignores NYC data too. You and the rest of the looneys are quick to lump everyone together as leftists because it’s easier for your pea-brains to try to justify your positions.
  • + 0
 @stonant: correct me if I’m wrong but doesn’t New York have some of the strictest gun laws? The way I see it is criminals are opportunistic. There’s more opportunity in bigger cities. Especially bigger cities with lots of tourism. My POV on guns are of the belief that one bad apple ruins the whole lot and is all the public hears about. You do you and leave me and my guns out of it.
  • + 5
 @scotttherider: strictest gun laws that contributed to a reduction in crime rates once passed (trying to refute the guy above me and his garbage stats and website). Obviously other factors contributed to drop in crime as well in NY (increase in policing, gentrification, lots of incarceration (rightly and wrongly). I am not anti-gun ownership, but I think open carry is stupid, and I think the mil-sim /instagram tactical culture and this false-fear that everyone who has 'liberal' thoughts wants to take guns away is ridiculous. Ignore the loud idiots on twitter and the media (on both sides) and don't let fears be irrationally stoked, or encourage the stoking of those fears. I've grown up in NE and in very liberal areas. Not all 'liberals' want to take guns away, most just want responsible gun ownership, which people (myself included) think could come via sensible restrictions.
  • + 2
 @stonant: fair enough. Honestly I think the Canadians have the right idea in regard to acquiring guns several hoops with a very long waiting period. Sorry to group all liberals together but the vast majority of them are very much take all gun types. Sorry to argue but I always get frustrated when people try to bring up violence in places like nyc, LA, Chicago etc as they all are in states with the heaviest gun restrictions. So clearly criminals don’t follow laws and still get guns. I’m glad to hear someone from the other side of the fence that isn’t entirely ban guns. It’s refreshing for a change.
  • + 2
 @scotttherider: there are plenty of us fruit loop liberals who like our guns. And I agree with you on the Canadian laws with real background checks and waiting periods. I’d also like to see required training to buy certain weapons. It’s ridiculous to me that you can buy semi-automatics without even passing a test of abilities when you have to go through all sorts of tests to get a CDL over a regular vehicle license. Just my two cents.
  • + 1
 @whambat: what about a test for being mentally fit not just capable !
  • + 1
 @Matt115lamb: I would freely submit to mental test as well as show my ability to operate all of my firearms. Well after I site my bolt action .308 in. I’ve had that bastard for 4 years and have yet to take it to a range to properly site it in.
  • + 1
 @scotttherider: I had a spud gun once Cool
  • + 1
 @Matt115lamb: those are fun! I made a pneumatic one once! Have had many spud guns but the compressed air one was the safest.
  • + 27
 Those thieves really don't know what they're doing. They're stealing so much hard work (all the filming, sessions etc) and make it worthless as obviously they're not going to release it. Just return the stuff and get a real job.
  • + 3
 Please don't throw it away!!!!
  • + 16
 Bikes and gear can be insured and replaced. The value of your hard creative work that's on those drives is irreplaceable. Hopefully there will be enough attention to Jeff''s work because of this to lessen the blow of losing his work. Good luck Jeff!
  • + 18
 that's just terrible. i hope they get genital warts.
  • + 8
 Or an irreversible pink sock (look it up)
  • + 6
 @judgerider348: I can guess, thanks...
  • + 4
 oh god no....damn you Google.
  • + 2
 Why did I google that
  • + 1
 Can you catch them from sitting on someone’s bike ?
  • + 1
 more like super gonorrhea
  • + 19
 DEATH TO BIKE THIEVES!
  • + 7
 Not surprised that happened, Anaheim is the armpit of California. Every news story about a shooting or a stabbing involves Anaheim. Only redeeming aspect is that the Disney theme park is there.....or maybe that's the cause?
Did anyone see the thieves? Did they look like Mickey Mouse or Goofy?
  • + 5
 Well, they are goofy and should be trapped like a mouse.
  • + 24
 Dude, your profile says you’re from Long Beach. Pot, meet kettle.
  • + 13
 Been to Stockton before?
  • + 3
 Bakersfield holds the title of being the armpit of California.
  • + 11
 Wow California seems like a bit of a freak....armpits everywhere.
  • + 0
 You are melodrama, but Anaheim is cruddy, but not that cruddy haha.
  • + 3
 Right next to Garbage Grove
  • + 2
 @endlessblockades: great strip club called The Library with cheap beer.
  • + 2
 Also just rated the worst air quality in the USA. Fitting. Not that I should talk SD is #6 and I’ve been robbed plenty of times. Hope you get your stuff back you sound like a good man.
  • + 4
 Let's just recognize that California is a big ass state and is filled with a bunch of shit hole cities
  • + 1
 @sspiff: Modesto , Fresno is the toe jam of Cali. Armpit is a compliment.
  • + 1
 @Mntneer: I agree wholeheartedly with your statement. Everything south of Redding is crap.... lol
  • + 1
 @CaliCol: The place has its charms!
  • + 9
 Pinkbike community is offering free lagers to anyone who returns the thieves heads sans body.
  • + 4
 I travel on the road for a living and never leave anything in my car I even bring my computer and backpack with me just to eat lunch at panera. I cable lock my bike inside my truck. It's an unfortunate thing that such a nice guy had to learn such a hard life lesson that there is evil in the world.
  • + 4
 You've got it right. Also, back the vehicle's rear doors tightly against the building, a fence, pole, or whatever you can find.
  • + 1
 @tripleultrasuperboostplusplus: side doors and front doors...
  • + 3
 Jeff is the best. I feel for him, esoecially losing the footsge thst can jever be replaced. Im glad his bikes have custom paint, it makes them one of a kind and easier to spot.
  • + 2
 Obviously this is a f*cked situation, but I'm unclear why he'd leave all of his HDs and basically his whole life parked outside of the hotel...hope he had everything digital backed up?

Article sounds like he isnt from California, so I'm guessing he's from a place where you don't have to worry about theft as much.

What a bummer.
  • + 1
 Sucks to be robed but if you're not backing up your media in three different locations you're asking for trouble.

It's amazing to me how many "professional" shooters have terrible digital hygiene.
  • + 2
 Yeah I'm in the creative industry - nothing, ever, gets left in a car. All photography/videography/computer gear goes in the hotel room with me. Bikes are one thing you can't bring in I guess, but yeah...you can't leave stuff in a car. Ever.
  • + 4
 The last two times I was on a road trip, Best Western were super nice about letting me bring my bike into my room. They're pretty much every where and are a good option if you can't find a cheaper Airbnb that will let you do the same.
  • + 5
 @sugaranddirt: yep...

Very few places won’t let you bring bikes/skis in; I always do
  • - 1
 @Dustfarter: The Cloud is your friend
  • + 3
 @gumbytex: why? you're damn right my bike is going in my hotel room during the night. One way or another
  • + 2
 @nvranka: Exactly. Im not telling them anything. But it WILL be in my room Smile
  • + 8
 I effed up. I was on a family vacation after Sea Otter and it was the last night, we were flying out in the morning. Everyone had their stuff in the room so I figured consolidating my gear would be a good idea, then I figured "why bring it in?" more stuff to carry. It seemed like a decent area and well lit. I messed up big time. Very valuable lesson learned.

PS Those were all my back ups of everything that are usually never all in the same place but were....
  • + 1
 @jeff-lenosky: Really crappy to have that happen. Time for a Dropbox pro account.
  • + 1
 @sugaranddirt: I don’t even ask. In the room it goes.
  • + 1
 @nvranka: I have heard of some people who bring their motos in the hotel room.
  • + 3
 Just do not get it........wtf......who zero's in on a van, wonder what hotel in Anaheim........and CaliCol, your an idiot for piling on.........
  • + 3
 In places that combine a large criminal element with a robust outdoor recreation scene, Sprinters are absolutely targets. I’ve had multiple friends traveling cross country with climbing racks, bikes, camping gear, etc.., be specifically targeted because the criminals in the area recognized the value in their gear.

The worst is when it happens to some poor dirtbag whose has more tied up in their gear than they’ll make in a year and they basically get their entire life stolen and have no way to replace it other than waiting tables or some other shite job.
  • + 1
 1) This sucks.
2) So weird to me since I live in a place where we rarely lock our doors, and I can leave my expensive bikes on the front porch. But I also know enough to check on this type of crime when I travel. In areas like Cali with a developed outdoor scene, a nice Sprinter is probably like a pot of gold to thieves.
3) The hard drives suck to lose, but REEB is experiencing a viral marketing phenomenon. You can’t pay for publicity this good. This would be a great guerilla marketing campaign.
  • + 1
 As our economy at the working poor level continues to degenerate, you can't expect anything BUT more property crime. Your 8K indulgence is someone else's sustenance. We are following a descending curve that mirrors the most desperate eras in our history. Brace up.
  • + 2
 Sorry to hear. Free frame steel/or carbon not gonna fly...yep, West Coast is so F'ked, they gonna take anything no matter who's your daddy and turn it to self-treatment supplies...
  • + 3
 Jeff puts so much energy into his content and does not deserve this! Lets help him find his gear!!!!!
  • + 1
 Death to bike thieves - so fucked up - nothing but the best to Jeff - very cool guy with a good attitude! Help find his stuff - someone knows who has - this is his livelihood - just get it !
  • + 2
 Rode with Jeff in Sedona this year. He was such as awesome dude. Bummed he got jacked.
  • + 2
 There is a special place in Hell for for these thieves. And only one bar of slippery soap....
  • + 3
 Bah! Thieving bastards!! I hope you get it all back @jeff-lenosky !!!!!
  • + 1
 That sucks sooo bad. But honestly, leaving that kind of valuable stuff, in a vehicle, overnight is straight up irresponsible.
  • + 1
 No good deed goes unpunished, it seems. But I am holding out hope that all of Jeff's stuff will be returned to him.
  • + 1
 Sorry bro......a lot of junkie dirt bags in this area. I will keep my eye out. You can't have anything nice out here
  • + 1
 That sucks!!! But don't leave anything you ever want to see again in you car in California. Especially Anaheim!!!
  • + 2
 and Seattle Metro
  • + 1
 @cholla: Seattle thieves steal kids bikes, nuff said. I’ve had 7 of my own bikes stolen from various places.
  • + 1
 Huge bummer. Moral of the story: never leave anything in the car. I’ve learned this the hard way. It only takes once.
  • + 1
 This even written in California driving book!
  • + 1
 WTF is it with all these trials pros bikes getting boosted.....Hans, JL...just plain sad news.
  • + 2
 Dick move
  • + 1
 Word is already out to the Karma police. Sux man, best of luck to JL
  • + 1
 NOTHING LOWER THAN A THIEF....PERIOD!!!!!
  • + 1
 On a postive note, that DJ bike is so sexy.
  • + 1
 They call it Anaslime for a reason.
  • + 0
 Have car, have bike, have guns. Drive car with gun, rides bike w gun. Bring it on douches...
  • + 1
 Have jobs, have kids, have Subaru, have friends. Ride with kids, ride with friends, ride to work. Ride FOR work. I feel so bad for Jeff. Guy is a legend. Oh, and that must be one heavy ass gun you're riding with! Burn! I'm just teasing you, man!
  • + 1
 @Lugers: Nah, on the trails that are close to the illegal coyote smugglers it's a compact .380 LCP.
  • + 1
 You mean like the super trail down in the Saint Ritas? I try to poach that twice a year. You've got to look out for the off-duty border patrol agents starting fires,though You're probably smart to pack.

Illegal coyote smugglers sounds pretty exotic but they don't really start as much trouble as the gringos
  • + 2
 Weak AF.
  • + 1
 Death to bike thieves
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