Speedo Man Seeks Speedy Return Of Prized Possession

By: Giang Nguyen Email
By: Giang Nguyen Email
Jaime Flowers with his Cannondale 120 mountain bike.

Jaime Flowers with his Cannondale 120 mountain bike.

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - If you don't know Jaime Flowers by name, you might now him simply as "the guy on a bike" or "the man in Speedos."

On his two wheels, with his long hair and tight shorts, Flowers is a familiar sight around town.

"I just go everywhere. Lake Shawnee, north Topeka, I'm everywhere," he says, adding that he could be riding 40 to 50 miles on any given day.

"Every day I'm out, people always take their camera phones [out], taking pictures. I'll wave to them or something," he says.

The 53-year-old Flowers is on disability; his bike, a Cannondale 120, is his most prized possession.

"I've had it about one year and three weeks. I had another bike and it broke, so we got another one,had it built," he says. "It was a special build. It was not cheap," he notes.

The bike was stolen Saturday when Flowers stopped at Sixth Avenue and Wayne Avenue for a quick break.

Sister Danielle Stiner says she's hoping, against the odds, he'll get it back.

"He's a decent person. He lives simple," she said. "That's about the fanciest thing he had."

She says the bike is his life.

"He needs that bike. He's earned that bike. He's ridden for so many years and he's worked his way up to get a bike like that. He doesn't have the money to replace that," she says.

Flowers says the bike is worth a lot, but to him it's irreplacable.

He hopes it'll be returned just the way it was.

"If I get it back, I'm scared of what it might be. So hopefully it comes up real soon," he says.

If you can help get Flowers' bike back to its rightful owner, contact him at 845-7875, his sister Danielle Stiner at 845-3855 or Crimestoppers at 234-0007.


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