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Old 08-19-12, 09:54 AM   #1
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Stolen Miyata 1000

I have the unfortunate news that my mint '86 Miyata 1000 was stolen in lower Manhattan yesterday, in front of the Blue Smoke restaurant on 255 Vesey Street. It's a 54cm model with a Brooks Honey saddle, an olive Carradice Barley saddle bag and brand new VO smooth aluminum fenders. Don't ask; I just don't even want to talk about it.

But if you see or hear of this bike, I'd sure appreciate it if you let me know. Thanks!
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Will keep my eyes open.
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That sucks so hard...
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In a NY minute.
Sucks and I hope the thief meets with a painful demise.
I was born and raised in Lower Manhattan. Tough place to keep anything nice, yours.
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"don't ask"? everyone that spends his life on a bike deals with theft or the anxiety of possible theft. hopefully someone can help you with yours. you could help all of us telling us how your bike was secured and with what device.
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Isn't it on video, I thought all of NYC was under video surveillance? ...seriously. Or, is that just talk to justify the all the millions spent annually.

Sorry, I'll make a note to keep my eyes open re west coast cities CL while I'm posting.

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You should set up an alert on Craigslist/Ebay to inform you of any Miyata 1000 being sold nationwide. Normally stolen stuff show up at pawn shops. Hopefully, you kept your serial # plus pics.
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Isn't it on video, I thought all of NYC was under video surveillance? ...seriously. Or, is that just talk to justify the all the millions spent annually.
I don't know where you heard that, but no, the entire city is not under video surveillance.
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So sorry to hear about your 1k. A thief is not going to want to keep his hands on the hot tortilla for no more than a few days! If he/she is a little smart, a little research will yield its value, and hopefully they will continue to be bright and put it on eBay or CL. If they just want drug money, then definitely a pawn shop, or cycling circles around your area. I have eyes in Fla and CA, and will keep you posted. All the best!

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Thanks, everyone. Monitoring CL and eBay all along. And sent email with pic to most of the local bike shops. Again, thanks for keeping an eye out.
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It might help if the color of the bike was mentioned. I assume you called the police...oh, that's right, you're in NYC. You may have to keep a constant eye on Craigslist and cast the viewing net wide, and watch E-Bay.
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Do you have a photo of the bike that you can post?
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Do you have a photo of the bike that you can post?
Sorry, here you go. (The VO fenders pictured were just replaced with new, smooth aluminum VO fenders, and there was an olive Carradice Barley saddlebag attached):
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Sorry, here you go. (The VO fenders pictured were just replaced with new, smooth aluminum VO fenders, and there was an olive Carradice Barley saddlebag attached):
I've posted your photo and information in the Stolen Bikes forum.
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Sorry, here you go. (The VO fenders pictured were just replaced with new, smooth aluminum VO fenders, and there was an olive Carradice Barley saddlebag attached):
That is indeed sad because that was one fine looking bike. I truly hope you recover it, and recover it the condition in which it was in at the time of theft.

I see you posted it on Craigslist, keep it renewed for at least a year.

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Sorry, man. In the city, I double U-lock my bike (one on each wheel) and use a kryptonite cable through the seat. It's mainly a deterrent as someone who's slick could probably pull apart the U-locks.

I had my bike locked near the Main Library on 42nd at 5th as I described, and the thief took my handlebars, stem, and brifters!

As far as I am concerned a Brooks in Manhattan makes the bike a target for theft. When you decide to replace the bike, consider keeping a plastic bag on the seat to wrap over it when you leave it. Bikes with shopping bags over the seat always look like junk, so it becomes a deterrent, too.
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Sorry, man. In the city, I double U-lock my bike (one on each wheel) and use a kryptonite cable through the seat. It's mainly a deterrent as someone who's slick could probably pull apart the U-locks.

I had my bike locked near the Main Library on 42nd at 5th as I described, and the thief took my handlebars, stem, and brifters!

As far as I am concerned a Brooks in Manhattan makes the bike a target for theft. When you decide to replace the bike, consider keeping a plastic bag on the seat to wrap over it when you leave it. Bikes with shopping bags over the seat always look like junk, so it becomes a deterrent, too.
I bet a lot of thieves cue into the metal rivets on Brooks saddle as their green light for a good steal......I'm sure a lot of bikes with real or imitation Regals on them get swept up along the way because of their rivets too.....
Anyone ever try to design a stun saddle? I heard batteries fit well into seatposts and seat tubes.......I think that some "fried eggs" might be in order to help reduce the rates of bike thievery.

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I've posted your photo and information in the Stolen Bikes forum.
Thank you! I was looking for such a forum and didn't know it existed; couldn't find one. Really appreciate it.
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Since the invention of the battery powered portable angle cutter nothing is safe. Those angle grinders can cut through the toughest of locks in less then 45 seconds, and the thief no longer has to worry if he has the right tool for the job. Even picking as become a trend lately and most experience pickers can get through a lock in less then 60 seconds and the whole time look like the owner having difficulty with the key. Add on top of that 99.9% of all passerby's witnessing such activity won't care the least bit.

See this as to how people react to a possible bike theft in process: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7zb8YXrmIA Even the cops don't care!

So I've always said the best defense against getting a bike stolen is to ride a used junker or a Walmart special and lock it up instead of your good bike.
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Smart advice. But does no good if you like owning a beautiful vintage bicycle. For some, it's their car or house or lawn or clothing; guess that's how I feel about bikes. The downside of this is, of course, obvious.

Thanks for your helpful thoughts.
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Sorry for your loss. I know how hard I work for my stuff, and how hard I try to keep my stuff looking/working good, and when something disappears, it hurts. There's a few websites that'll search multiple craigslist and other sites all at once. I use adhuntr which lets me limit a search to all CLs in the Northeast but by default searches all US sites. Hopefully your bike doesn't travel much beyond the metro region, or overseas.
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That really sucks. I've had one bike and parts stolen over the years. Did you post on CL? There were two other posts today re: stolen bikes; both indicated they used u-locks and cables.

I see you posted on the stolen bike registry. Beautiful bike, too.

http://www.stolenbicycleregistry.com....php?oid=15650

Do you have the serial? Ethical bike shops check serials. If there are used bike shops in your general area, you can drop in and leave a description. Not a lot else you can do. I did help someone reclaim a stolen bike that popped up on eBay ... I googled and the bike came up in a stolen registry alert.

There used to be an open-air market around 11th and Ave C, but not sure it's still there. Apparently, a lot of Manhattan bikes end up there.

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Since the invention of the battery powered portable angle cutter nothing is safe. Those angle grinders can cut through the toughest of locks in less then 45 seconds, and the thief no longer has to worry if he has the right tool for the job. Even picking as become a trend lately and most experience pickers can get through a lock in less then 60 seconds and the whole time look like the owner having difficulty with the key. Add on top of that 99.9% of all passerby's witnessing such activity won't care the least bit.
Yeah, the only option is to use both a main and mini u-lock on the wheel, which helps bump up deterrence by requiring more time. A bike that looks like ****e helps. Sigh.
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