"No beats, no thumping, but a little shit kicking might do him good."
Spoiler alert! Redditor girlgetsbikeback got her bike back. But it's how she did it that's really inspiring. After the woman's bike was stolen, she thought it was gone for good. Then a friend let her know the bike was being sold on Craigslist—only two blocks from where it was stolen. The bike owner tried to get police involved, but they were being slow, and she was afraid her bike would be sold before she could get it back. So she decided to meet the thief in a McDonald's parking lot by pretending to be an interested buyer.
Once there, she recognized her bike immediately. She asked if she could take it for a test drive, and the guy said sure, just don't drive off (then he'd have to steal another bike, and that's so much work). But once the woman was on her bike, she "was like fuck this guy and started to ride." Later, she checked the serial number to make sure it was really her bike (it was). She also left a voicemail for the thief, "apologizing for not sticking around to pay him for the bike HE FUCKING STOLE FROM ME!!! (insert a bunch expletives.)"
I'm guessing he was pretty understanding. The main thing is, the two were reunited:
Girl's best friend.
(by Shira Rachel Danan)