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Old 10-15-10, 05:33 PM   #1
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Stolen Bike Friday Tikit - Black - San Francisco

Hi all,

This morning my pride and joy, my all black Bike Friday Tikit was stolen from inside an apartment building in San Francisco's Inner Sunset district. Details are as follows:

Bike Friday Tikit
Hyperfold model
All glossy black - no logos or decals
except the custom nameplate bearing my name, Brian Cline
Front and rear racks and fenders
Nexus 8 hub


I'm very hopeful she'll turn up somewhere...I'm watching ebay and craigslist and postering the city, but I would deeply appreciate any help the community can provide.

Many thanks,
Brian Cline

Attached is an image of a nearly identical Tikit. Mine does not have any logos.

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Old 10-15-10, 05:53 PM   #2
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sorry to hear that. try posting it at bikefriday.com. i usually scan CL as often as i could. i sure will keep an eye.
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Old 10-15-10, 06:07 PM   #3
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Oh man, sorry for your loss. Sunset used to be a nice quiet area, but recently there's been a lot of general thuggery around 19th Ave (shootings, etc.). Was the bike taken from inside of an apartment itself or from a common area like the lobby?
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Old 10-15-10, 06:13 PM   #4
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This one seems suspicious:

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/bik/1999449437.html
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Old 10-15-10, 08:40 PM   #5
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Agreed. I saw that right away and fired off an email. It auto-replies with a letter directing you to a store website. They don't seem to actually have any folding bikes.

For what it's worth, here is a link to a flyer. Please feel free to post and forward around.

Also, the bike was in a common area where other bikes are kept. It's a 4 unit building, so only three other apartments. We have a really good idea who is responsible, but it's also pretty hard to do anything sans witnesses.

Thanks,
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Old 10-15-10, 09:33 PM   #6
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I feel for you. Sounds like a nice setup. I will watch Seattle craigslist
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Old 10-15-10, 10:31 PM   #7
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You may want to post this on the Northern California subforum too. There are lots of Bay Area residents there who might not read the Folding Bikes posts.
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Old 10-16-10, 04:34 PM   #8
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Will do, ro, thank you.

FYI, the printable flyer at http://goo.gl/ZW2f has been updated with major area police department phone numbers and the new permanent SFPD case number. Thank you to everyone for your help and encouragement. I spent this morning at the Ashby BART flea market. Though my bike was not there, there were many other obviously stolen rigs, with more being delivered throughout the day.

Tomorrow, bright and early, I am off to the Laney flea market. The yelp reviews are rife with stories of bikes stolen in SF and recovered at this market. Hopefully my luck will be similar!

All the best,
Brian
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Old 10-16-10, 07:30 PM   #9
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Being a recent Victim (jan 18, 2010) of a Dahon Bike theft, a Boardwalk single speed, I am curious how your security was defeated. On my Bike theft, the guy cut my Cable as I was unable to Chain it to the Bike Rack as I always did at our local Home Depot. I then took it to the main exit door and cabled it there, not 10 feet from the cashier. I didn't think anyone would attempt a Heist that close to the cash register but they proved me wrong. Thank God it was only a $75 loss(more if I include horns, light & bags--around $150). Still it smarted and I'm still looking for it. In my case, it was recorded on Home Depot's Security camera, but store management wouldn't allow me to view the episode. They said only Police could see it and the case wasn't assigned to a Detective until 4 months later. By that time, my Theft was bumped out out of the camera's memory(only good for 45 days) and new pictures were in the memory. Good Luck in recovering the bike I know the feeling well, now my newer folder (my dahon speed pro) comes inside wherever I go or I simply don't go. Period.

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now my newer folder (my dahon speed pro) comes inside wherever I go or I simply don't go. Period.
+1. always take your baby wherever you go. not to lock them outside. that's the reason we need to fold and take them. you never know. standardhuman, we sure will keep an eye on your bike @ CL here in SF.
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Old 10-16-10, 11:15 PM   #11
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since you're hitting up laney, you might want to also check out ashby flea market as well, at ashby bart. i hear lots of stolen stuff resold there too. good luck.
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Old 10-17-10, 08:21 AM   #12
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Also, the bike was in a common area where other bikes are kept. It's a 4 unit building, so only three other apartments. We have a really good idea who is responsible, but it's also pretty hard to do anything sans witnesses.
But that's the best way to do anything unofficial and effective.
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Old 10-17-10, 01:35 PM   #14
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Spent the morning at the Laney market. Many, many stolen bikes there. Even met a girl who recovered hers today.

The amount of stolen property there is staggering. Everything from shelves full of Aspirin and other drugstore goods to high-end bikes to stacks of new jeans. Everyone from your independent crackhead (using that term generically) to high level ORC (organized retail crime) outlets.

Knowing this place exists gives me hope that my girl will show up there eventually. I just have to stay persistent.

FYI, I'm putting together a group of past, present, and future victims to volunteer an hour or two perusing these markets on the weekends. We will catalog the make, model and color of bikes we see and post them en mass directly to Craigslist. If you are interested in helping cut off the fuel for the bike theft industry via re-uniting owners with their bikes, please contact me.

Thanks,
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Old 10-17-10, 04:15 PM   #15
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Spent the morning at the Laney market. Many, many stolen bikes there. Even met a girl who recovered hers today.

The amount of stolen property there is staggering. Everything from shelves full of Aspirin and other drugstore goods to high-end bikes to stacks of new jeans. Everyone from your independent crackhead (using that term generically) to high level ORC (organized retail crime) outlets.

Knowing this place exists gives me hope that my girl will show up there eventually. I just have to stay persistent.

FYI, I'm putting together a group of past, present, and future victims to volunteer an hour or two perusing these markets on the weekends. We will catalog the make, model and color of bikes we see and post them en mass directly to Craigslist. If you are interested in helping cut off the fuel for the bike theft industry via re-uniting owners with their bikes, please contact me.

Thanks,
Brian
Good idea. And good luck!
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Old 10-17-10, 04:24 PM   #16
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Hi all,

This morning my pride and joy, my all black Bike Friday Tikit was stolen from inside an apartment building in San Francisco's Inner Sunset district. Details are as follows:

Bike Friday Tikit
Hyperfold model
All glossy black - no logos or decals
except the custom nameplate bearing my name, Brian Cline
Front and rear racks and fenders
Nexus 8 hub


I'm very hopeful she'll turn up somewhere...I'm watching ebay and craigslist and postering the city, but I would deeply appreciate any help the community can provide.

Many thanks,
Brian Cline

Attached is an image of a nearly identical Tikit. Mine does not have any logos.

sorry to hear that man.

My oldest daughter is in San Francisco this weekend, visiting her younger sister.

SF is such a nice place, great for bike riding, especially commuting.

It sucks that some ass-wipe would take your ride.

Any chance that the loss may be covered by insurance?

I wish you the best of luck in finding your ride.
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Old 10-17-10, 08:22 PM   #17
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miamimike,

Thank you for your sympathies. My tikit was in a four unit apartment building. I placed it in the laundry room, which contains other bikes, and requires passage through two locked doors to access. It's just four units and one of them are my friends, so it seemed very communal and safe, and as I do not usually carry a lock (she always comes in with me), I did not lock her to anything. Big mistake.

What area are you in?
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Old 10-17-10, 08:24 PM   #18
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Hi Eja,

Unfortunately I do not have renters insurance. It's a very good idea to have it though, and as soon as I have a minute to spare, I will be looking into it.

And yes, SF is a fantastic place for riding, as is most of the Bay Area. I will ride again!

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Old 10-18-10, 01:29 AM   #19
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now my newer folder (my dahon speed pro) comes inside wherever I go or I simply don't go. Period.
That is basically going to be my policy as well. If i cant take it indoors, i'm turning around, going home to drop off bike, and coming back later on the subway or something. After hearing these horror stories (and reading up on life-with-bike-in-ny) I'm determined to always take it indoors with me or leave it at home. This is one of the reasons why i'm going to put some effort into coming up with a roll/carry/tote/discreet solution for taking it indoors as often as possible.

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so it seemed very communal and safe, and as I do not usually carry a lock (she always comes in with me), I did not lock her to anything. Big mistake.
yowsa. Its things like that that make me paranoid. So I'm going to have to start locking it up indoors too
Basically I have to remind myself that whenever I leave my bike alone I'm leaving $600 tied to a stake on the ground.

A mini-U lock weighs about 2 lbs... i hated the thought of carrying it after spending extra money to get my bike to shed 2 lbs. On the other hand this is great incentive for me to go on a diet and lose 2 lbs. It'll all come out even.

Also, I'm adding a bike alarm to the arsenal (either a siren padlock or one of the remote units). (In addition to both u-lock and cable lock).

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