Portland bike community plans fundraiser for man's stolen bicycle

Kim Minhyeong (KATU News photo)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland community is rallying together and holding a fundraiser for a man whose bicycle was stolen only a few weeks into a two-year bike trip.

Kim Minhyeong is from South Korea, but he was traveling through Portland when his bike was stolen.

Minhyeong worked for a year in South Korea to save money for the trip.

Friday, he locked his bike at a rack on Southeast Hawthorne Street. When he returned, his lock had been cut and his bike was gone.

“A lot of camping gear and laptop and a lot of clothes," Minhyeong said about the stolen gear attached to his bike.

Minhyeong planned to ride his bike from Canada. The 25-year-old estimated the trip would take him two years.

"I want new culture, new language, new nature, that's why I travel by bicycle," Minhyeong said.

Now, Portlanders are planning to hold a fundraiser to help Minhyeong.

The event will take place at the Apex Bar at 1216 SE Division Street from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In an online post, BikePortland.org asked people to “Show up to show Minhyeong that Portland isn’t a place where bike dreams die — it’s the place where they can be restored.”

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