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Old 07-17-12, 12:06 PM   #1
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bike stolen how do i cope ?

My bike was stolen off my brothers porch on Saturday night,lost my wallet and my phone too, I was inside for 10 mins and the a holes grabbed it, it was my trek 7500 multi track, I loved that bike, only owned it for a few weeks I called the police and insurance, insurance won't cover it, so now I'm out of luck

I feel so mad, I don't even care about the phone or wallet,

Just want my damn bike back
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Old 07-17-12, 12:12 PM   #2
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Simple, you've now got an excuse to get another bike.
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Old 07-17-12, 12:15 PM   #3
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So sorry to read about this! GRRR! Damn thieves. Hope you get lucky and the police have a lead on local punks.
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Watch your CL for similar bikes to yours, a thief will often place an ad for a bike and then respond saying "That one is sold but I do have another one like it..."

Pawn shops too.
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Reflect on the things you didn't like about it, and look forward to getting a better one next time around. (Works for girlfriends, too. )
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A pox on their house. And may their yarbles shrivel and fall off. Etc.
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These days, nice bikes are like ingots of gold when you leave it unattended for any short amount of time outside almost anywhere. Especially when you leave them unlocked, which I think you did, you just provided the thief with his getaway ride....how can any crook resist such temptation.

Take it as hard lesson learned........never ever leave your bike (wallet and phone too) outside unlocked or unatended anywhere.

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Is there a bicycle workshop in your town that "recycles" bikes? They won't get yours back, but you might be able build up a decent replacement with donated parts and some sweat equity.
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Old 07-17-12, 01:17 PM   #10
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Gordo, Sorry about your stolen bike. What a complete drag. Good luck recovering it.

I've been seriously considering getting a micro-chip tracking device for my bikes, such as offered by SNAGG: http://www.snagg.com/. They sell packs of 5 micro-chips (free registration) for $99.

Not only will you increase the chance of getting your bike back, but you may help to catch some bike thieves. I think that one of the reasons police are reluctant to help with stolen bikes is that they know they are unlikely recover the stolen bike. However, these devices (at least the SNAGG device) provides info directly to police. If they have coordinates of where your stolen goods are, there's a much better chance the police will help.

If you are fortunate to live in Hackney County, UK, the local law enforcement there started a program offering free bicycle micro-chips: http://www.hackney.gov.uk/safer-comm...e-chipping.htm

Any one have any experience with such a device on a bike? I know forum mod Sui Blue Wind is thankful for the chip in Mitzi.
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Sorry to hear it Gordo. A complete bummer, man.

The cows are out of the barn on this one, but for any bike that commutes/ does the hops, Gaucho777 has an intriguing suggestion there for the future.
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Sorry to hear about your bike Gordo.

The SNAGG chip idea seems interesting. Do these act as locators, or do they have to be scanned? Sounds like the latter...
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Bummer.

May it be a warning to the rest of us.
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Find another bike, and hope you can get yours back as well. Until either event happens,



I hate hearing someone's bike has been stolen. General society seems to view them as these throw-away, unimportant things. For most of us here, they definitely are not.
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Sorry to hear about your bike Gordo.

The SNAGG chip idea seems interesting. Do these act as locators, or do they have to be scanned? Sounds like the latter...
Good question. After further reading, I see that it must be scanned. From their website:

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No. SNAGG uses the time proven technology of unalterable code technology that has been responsible for the return of thousands of pets in the past few years. GPS requires significant battery power to keep a signal. While Snagg stays on the forefront of this technology, it has not evolved to be concealable as a theft recovery system in devices that do not have a built in power source. The continuous cost of data and batteries make Snagg a more effective solution.

Who Has Scanners? Who Needs Them?
The Snagg system relies on the power of the World Wide Web to connect owners with their priceless possessions. When an item is reported stolen, Snagg begins scanning their partner databases for these stolen items based on serial number, model number or other information. We even provide pictures to positively identify your product to pawnshops worldwide. When your item is flagged stolen, a report goes to necessary authorities including all information. The report includes instructions for obtaining a scanner if one is not readily available. Usually police use one of 400,000 standard pet scanners already available nationwide to prove the identity of the owner and return your asset."
I honestly don't know much about these technologies. Surely there must other options are out there for "locators" even if they are not explicitly made for the purpose of tracking bicycles. Something for further research...

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Gordo, out of curiosity, what's the type on your avatar say? It's too small to be legible.
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That's a cool idea, that RFID chip. Now... how to make it work like Lojack, but keep it small like the snagg device?
From the ad I take it keeping the chip powered up to send an RF signal is the big hurdle to overcome.

Any NASA, MIT or JPL riders out in C & V land? There has to be a solution...
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With the sky-high cost of modern bikes these days, I'm surprised Specialized, Trek, etc, haven't started offering the option of a tracking chip in their high-end bikes. The chip could be embedded into a CF frame, powered by the Di2 system, and then supported by the manufacturer. Heck, they could probably get away with charging an additional yearly fee for the service. Maybe it's on the horizon.
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This has me thinking about setting up bait bikes with tracking systems. Buttholes steal the bikes and then authorities bust in, potentially taking down a bike theft ring. Would make for entertaining television.
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Tracking systems do you no good. Someone I know (and who posts here) was broken into and had their iPad (I think... some electronic gadget anyway) stolen. They could track the location of the iPad but the police didn't follow up or go after it. Bait stings will only work if the police are on board.
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it says warning bike may not perform as expected without front wheel
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Re: SNAGG... This is the same tech people use to microchip their pets. It's a passive RF responder that only sends a signal when scanned. This requires police to find said bike and scan it, or scrupulous purchasers to do so. It cannot be tracked via GPS or the like, and really would only be effective if the bike was being re-sold through official channels who are using this tech.
Although intriguing (I might consider getting these for my guitars since instruments are usually sold via pawn shops, who may use such tech) I suspect it's not very useful if the bike is sold via CL, eBay or the back of a truck.
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One thought just occurred to me - if the stolen phone is a smart-phone like a BlackBerry or iPhone you may be able to track it's GPS location and find the thief. Might be a long shot though.
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Curious as to why your insurance won't cover it? Or your brother's insurance?
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