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Cyclist rides across country only to have bike stolen in Portland

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Megan Holcomb's stolen bike Megan Holcomb's stolen bike
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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A woman with a mission of riding her bike across the country made it from Washington D.C. to Portland, only to have her bike stolen in the Rose City.

Megan Holcomb rode her custom-made touring bike that she built herself for more than two months straight across the U.S.

She left the East Coast on May 4 and arrived in Portland on July 11.

Her bike was stolen sometime between 8 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday off West Burnside Street.

Holcomb said whoever took the bike had to cut through a lock to get it. Without many connections in town, she took to the Internet to spread the word about the theft.

Thousands of people in the online cycling community have since shared her message. Holcomb said the support has been overwhelming.

"I spent all yesterday still really hurt about this, but I can't forget at all from this point forward how much people care and are hurt with me," she said. "And that matters so much."

The 27-speed bike is black with a honey-colored Brooks Leather saddle that has matching tan handlebar tape.  

Holcomb said there are so many custom features on the bike, it should really stick out and be easy to spot, including a unique spacer that's a lime green beer bottle opener and a nameplate on the back fender that says, "Megan."

If you think you've seen the bike, call Portland police or send a message to @PPBBikeTheft on Twitter.

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