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View Poll Results: How many bikes have been stolen from you?
0 - Why would anyone take my bike? 36 45.00%
1 - If only I could get my hands on the thief 25 31.25%
2 - once bitten, twice ENRAGED! 9 11.25%
3 - part of life in the big city - WAHHH! 6 7.50%
4 - I don't know what to say... 1 1.25%
5 or more - just another cog in the underground economy... 3 3.75%
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Old 08-13-06, 08:31 AM   #1
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poll - how many bikes have you had stolen?

Just wondering - if this is a repeat I'm sorry, but maybe it's worth getting an update anyway.

Having your bike stolen is one way that people are discouraged from riding, so bike security is an important part of advocacy, IMO.
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Old 08-13-06, 09:05 AM   #2
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I've had two stolen, got one back

Ran into someone riding it, followed him to his house. After a short argument about ownership, and that I couldn't PROVE to the police that it was my bike, I told him I wouldn't bother to call the cops on him, I'd go back to the ship and get all my Navy buddies to come over and 'redecorate' his place for him. He promptly handed over the bike.
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Schwinn Jr. Stingray ~1975. Does that count? Oh yeah, I did get it back after seeing it parked up against a stop sign whilst on the way home on the school bus. HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY!!!
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3 stolen.
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One outside the grocery store, one which we think the apartment building removed (broken chain and no rear cog, rusty, middle of winter)

I can't remember exactly how many in South Africa. One road bike, one bmx, one mtb. I think I had more than that though.
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I've never had my bikes stolen directly from me but I've given two bikes to my brother in the past which he had placed in a situation where they got stolen. I'm not sure that counts though.
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I think I've had 4 stolen. My memory is a bit fuzzy for my childhood bikes 40 years ago, but I think I had Raleigh 3 speed stolen around age 16 and my first road bike, a no-name Japanese "10 speed" around age 20. I had another road beater stolen in my 30's and a new but inexpensive full-size folding mountain bike last year. All were modestly priced and the first 3 had a lot of miles on them, so the economic loss was not high, and I didn't really like the last one, so that lessened the pain.
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Definitely my Huffy Santa Fe from my parents' backyard.
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What we need to know is what percentage of bike riders have had their LOCKED bikes stolen, which lock brands, and under what conditions. It would be nice to know if the 8 pounds of locking gear I habitually carry is worth anything.
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as a kid, one from my parents garage (closed, not locked).
my girlfriend had a locked bike stolen...using a KryptoChain and padlock..."they" cut the chain...bike was in front yard locked to a handrail.
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What we need to know is what percentage of bike riders have had their LOCKED bikes stolen, which lock brands, and under what conditions. It would be nice to know if the 8 pounds of locking gear I habitually carry is worth anything.
That's a very good question. I'm sure someone's done a study or has a potful of anecdotal evidence to draw a rough conclusion. As my bikes which were stolen [from my brother], they were left out in plain public view and unlocked.
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only one... when I lent it to someone I knew whose car had broken down... I even lent them a lock and begged them to take care, it was a gift to me.... I didn't hear from them for 3 months so stopped to ride ride my bike and say hi.... Their eyes was as big as saucers when I appeared at the door... they were forced to tell me.... I actually think they sold it for crack... needless to say, they didn't replace my bike, and I didn't care to know them anymore... So much for trying to help someone out
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So much for trying to help someone out
I think we've both learned our lesson about being too generous and trusting. Remember that no good deed goes unpunished.
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Zero. But your description - "why would anyone take my bike?" is way off the mark. It should say something like - "I make sure it's properly locked in an appropriate location at all times, including at home in the garage". Or maybe I'm just lucky?

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Two: A Specialized Sequoia in 1988 or 9 and a Trek 1100 in '92 or 3. I loved those two bikes, especially the Trek. The Specialized was stolen out of my car where I had left it in the back seat. The theives were nice enough to lock my car back up after they took it. The Trek was stolen from a bike rack where I had locked it to go get a hair cut. The rack was right in front of a video shop and apparently they were able to take it quick enough nobody noticed.

Currently my BF and I now own a previously stolen trike. Some guy had his trike stolen, was reimbursed for the loss from his insurance company. One day a friend was out riding and saw the trike sitting on the roof of somebody's RV. He called the police who recovered the stolen property. The trike was now owned by the insurance company, who called up the original owner offering to sell it back to them. He didn't want it back, so a local trike dealer convinced the guy to buy it back and sell it through his shop so that is what they did, with a rather tidy profit, and now we own it.
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5+ stolen. Crack costs money.
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2 3spds. I thought they were theft proof, but I learned otherwise.

For 4+ years in college I rode all over the place on an old Robin Hood, never locked my bike, never had it stolen.

Then, here in Miami,I was having dinner at a restaurant, left bike outside the front window unlocked, went to the bathroom, stolen.

Second 3 spd was in my carport, behind a gate that went all the way around the yard, stolen.
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I think all my stolen bikes were locked, but on the last one I think I had a lapse and locked it inadequately. I locked it with a cable lock to a free-standing bike rack, and I suspect I wasn't paying attention and locked it to the end post, which had a "T" shaped foot, and the thief was able to lift the end of the rack and work the cable around the foot.
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I voted 0, but I just remembered when I was very young, my bike or tricycle-- can't remember now, but that's how young I was-- was stolen by a neighbor kid. My father went around the block and got it back.

None stolen since then. I'm very careful-- maybe paranoid-- about bike theft, so that probably makes it harder for thieves.

knock on wood....
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I had a Schwinn Criss Cross, a Schwinn Cross Fit (wife's) stolen, both excellent Cro-Moly bikes from early 90's.

Last year someone came in my garage and took one of my son's Wal Mart Bikes. He overlooked a touring bike, two MTB's and a flat bar road bike. He left four bikes, any of which were worth $500 or more new, and took the Wal Mart bike that didn't have quick release.

Talk about a dumb thief.
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When iw as a kid, my BMX was stolen
Then my Marin MTB was stolen off a bike rack
When i was in Jr High, I was mugged got my rockhopper stolen. Later recovered in bad shape.
Later, my 1st Trek 930 was stolen. U-lock security my ass (This was back when they were newer).
Then someone broke into our garage and stole my parents classic road bikes (2, they met and were amazed that they owned the same bike ), another Marin and some other bikes (like 8 total). (Marin was recovered) It was enough value to claim homeowners insurance, then we were declined coverage by that company the next year.
Thieves suck.
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Old 08-13-06, 03:33 PM   #23
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Insurance is great, unless you need to use it. It never fails to amaze me how happy they are to contract to take your money, and how unhappy they are to live up to their end of the agreement.
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0 - because I was raised by an incredibly paranoid Detroit refugee/Vietnam Veteran, and I take after him in certain respects.
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We also need the timeframe. I checked three, but two of them were about 30 years ago, before I even knew about things like locks. I seem to remember a chain that could be opened with a pair of pliers when I lost the key. So it's only one real theft -- outside my office in Frankfurt a decade or more ago. And I was really distracted that day, and never could remember if I had locked it -- if so it was a regular cable lock. The curly type, without the curl.
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