I was robbed of an electric bicycle for € 3,000

At first there was nothing. Then the man invented the wheel. Then, in 2022, Cowboy invented the Cowboy 4 ST electric bike. Again: there was nothing because they stole it from me. On June 2, 2022, the JV Tech editorial staff had the pleasure of receiving the Cowboy 4 ST for testing. The perfect opportunity to do our first electric bike test, but obviously not everything went as planned …

My love for cycling

As a child, and as soon as I could, I grabbed my older sisters ’bikes to learn how to ride them. Then a love story was born, between me and the world of cycling.

And that’s okay, all my elementary school friends like speed, but mostly cross country. From the age of 7 I started to rush down the slopes of the small cross-country track that was in my small hometown.

From BMX to the skate park, through cyclocross to the steep slopes of the track, nothing scared me. But obviously, he was too busy with other passions to continue doing cross country, and even just cycling.

When the newsroom received this electric bike to test it, I took the opportunity. For the first time in my life I was going to ride a bike around the Paris region, and believe me, it is very different than in my hometown …

My first impressions of the high-end Cowboy 4 ST electric bike

Obviously, I knew we weren’t going to deal with cyclocross bikes or the like, but for the first time, I was going to try an electric bike, and also a pretty expensive bike.

In early June, the newsroom finally received the Cowboy 4 ST, a high-class electric bike with many options. Who says many options, says that the price goes up … And it is the case to say it, since the Cowboy 4 ST sells for a good amount of 2790 €.

The Cowboy 4 ST is a high-end electric bike created by the brand of the same name. After making 3 generations of bikes, the Cowboy 4 is presented as the culmination of his work. Full of features, a removable battery, an ultra full app, everything was perfect to give me a really good experience.

After a brief explanation of the main functions of the cowboy 4 ST, I hasten to keep it in the bicycle room provided for this purpose. Due to various internal problems, I find it impossible to recover it the same evening. Quite disappointed, I just take the bus until the problem is fixed.

It’s done ! A week later, I finally rode the cowboy 4 ST. Amazing first impressions – a nice grip and a boost to the start-up that changes me a lot from classic bikes.

On the first trip home, the impulse forces me to traverse different blocks of buildings several times, only to enjoy the pleasant feeling of strolling through the Paris region without getting caught up in traffic jams.

A good half hour later, I finally return to my building where I hurry to put the bike in the room, located on my ground floor.

I was robbed of an electric bicycle for € 3,000

Throughout the night, I had only one wish: to get on the cowboy 4 ST to go for a walk, but the obligations of the adults you know … So I had to wait until the next day to enjoy a ride during the cool in the morning, between my house and the editorial office of jeuxvideo.com.

After two full weeks of use, the drama was fast approaching … In the dark and … No, something downright stupid happened, which led to the theft of the cowboy 4 ST.

The Flight of the Cowboy 4 ST, a drama in one act

When I started orienting myself with the cowboy 4 ST, the tragedy hit my building: all the floors were flooded with water … A job poorly done by one of the owners damaged the whole system of water … I didn’t I already had my solution for storing the electric bike.

Also, there is the fact that I had to hurry for an important meeting, the pressure increases and then I decide to hang the bike on a barrier located right in front of my salon, so I will always have my eye on it.

Naive as I am, as a good provincial (so the Parisians tell us), I thought stupidly that my bike was safe. The street is constantly packed to the brim and I could look at it whenever I wanted anyway. Well, that’s what I thought.

After a full night of work, I decided to get some sleep, I deserved it a lot.

Waking up just a few hours later, at 7am, my first instinct was to go see if the bike was still there. And of course he was gone … What was my reaction when I saw that the bike was no longer there? Take out the cowboy app to see if I could track the GPS chip located on the bike frame, but nothing at all … The cowboy bike 4 ST, worth € 2,790, was gone … Then I hurried to inform my editor to report the theft. . After that, I had to go to the police station to report the theft

Many questions began to cross my mind: what will happen to me? Can we find the bike? How will my classmates react? Of all these questions, one answer was sure, I wasn’t going to find the bike as obviously the GPS wasn’t working.

A bicycle ready for a test, worth € 2790, completely gone … It’s the life I didn’t think I would live, but well, anything can happen.

Conclusion of this bad experience

Although I was happy and proud to do this test, the Paris region surpassed me. I guess I could have done something else to not steal this bike, but you can’t change the past.

I was robbed of an electric bicycle for € 3,000

A day out is already too much. If you’ve ever had a pretty expensive bike, tell yourself that thieves notice it quickly. And tell yourself that even with a huge metal padlock tied to the frame, the theft couldn’t be prevented.

If anything this experience taught me is that you always have to return your bike to a place, a room or whatever. A few hours may be enough and you will have a bad surprise in the early hours of the morning.

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