Bike bonanza: friends and business unite to replace stolen bicycle

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“I couldn’t understand why they stole her bike, and not mine, and that made me angry,” recalled Seann. “My initial feeling was ‘can Elina catch a break here?’ Because she hadn’t had a good summer.”

Family friend Bryan McClean heard about Elina’s loss, and sprang into action. He contacted Opus Bikes, a Canadian company based in Montreal with a reputation for urban bicycles that “respond to every day diversity,” with features like a lower stand-over bar, according to marketing manager, Martin Rancourt.

Though Elina’s bike was already a couple of years old, Opus found a sample in its inventory of the same model. They donated it to the family, and local bike shop Redbike promptly assembled it for free.

“I couldn’t believe the generosity,” said Seann. “We were completely floored.”

Friends and family organized a “reveal” earlier this week, surprising Elina with her new wheels.

“The bike means having freedom to ride with her friends, and it means having the ability to ride with us as a family, down to Whyte Ave. or the river valley,” said Seann.

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