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Old 02-03-06, 02:04 AM   #1
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Still upset. Occasionally.

About two months ago, someone stole my GT when it was on my porch right after I cleaned and adjusted everything. It was on the other side of my front door, and I was inside the house 15 feet from the door when it was stolen. I was only inside for about 10 minutes! We live in a cul-de-sac and all the neighbors are friends and things have always been safe leaving them outside on our porches. It had just been given to me as a gift (my boss was going to throw it away) and I had not even test ridden it yet. I saw some movement through the front window, but I didn't get up because I thought it was my neighbor coming over. When I looked outside the bike was gone. I saw the tire tracks in the grass, indicating the realilty of it being taken. I am trying to get over it but I find myself still looking for it and being upset over it. How do I talk myself into letting it go? It's just really messed up that someone did this.
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Old 02-03-06, 05:35 AM   #2
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That sucks! I would still be pissed. If you have made it to just upset then you doing pretty good.
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That sucks sis......it didn't happen right after that incident with the guy that wanted to fight you and your husband or whatever that was, did it? Could it be revenge?
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Advertise a reward in the local paper. Put posters up. If you don't get it back you'll at least know you tried and maybe make the AH that took it sweat some.

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Old 02-03-06, 10:26 AM   #5
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That sucks sis......it didn't happen right after that incident with the guy that wanted to fight you and your husband or whatever that was, did it? Could it be revenge?

Which incident are you talking about, KT? Is it possible the stories are getting mixed up? You know I tell you EVERYTHING......
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Old 02-03-06, 10:39 AM   #6
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Thats why I keep my Giant in my apartment, locked probably more securely than it needs to be with 2 chains and a U lock. The only bike I ever had stolen was a Pacific, and I learned my lesson right there and then.

By the way, check all local pawn shops and perhaps shadey bike shops if there are any. There is a real good chance that whoever stole it was a drug addict who dumped off your GT as soon as possible. In my area, this one pissant SOB used to pay kids to steal bikes, then he would sell them in his shop. That is another possibility.

One more thing, I hope this story inspires those of you who haven't already to go out and register your bikes with the police.
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Aside from checking pawn shops, check restaurants that deliver by bike. Around here, it's not uncommon for restaurants to buy cheap stolen bikes for their delivery guys.

Are you upset about the bike being stolen or that your neighhborhood isn't as secure as you thought it was? Maybe your feeling of security was upset by someone coming right up to your porch and taking something.
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I know how you feel. My Santa Cruz Blur was stolen out of my house in November. Ironically, my husband and I thought it would be more secure stored in our house than the garage. WRONG! Turns out some loser crackhead broke into our house and took it along with our laptop, digital camera, etc. He was caught several weeks later, but my bike wasn't recovered. I check on craigslist, ebay, mtbr review, etc every day. From what the cops told me, my bike was in the hands of a drug dealer the very day it was stolen. Don't know what happened after that.

I have a hard time getting over it because this was a custom bike. I didn't buy a build kit but had my LBS assemble it with parts I chose. Even had a custom wheelset. It's a one-off custom bike and if it's still out there, anyone who knew my bike would recognize it right away. Even though my home insurance paid full value for my bike and I already have another custom Blur on order, I still think about my first one every day. It saddens me to think someone would turn my bike for a cheap hit. What a waste.....
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Which incident are you talking about, KT? Is it possible the stories are getting mixed up? You know I tell you EVERYTHING......
Didn't you have a thread a while back about some neighbor throwing a party and a party-goer parked in your drive and/or backed in to your car or something like that. I think the drunk party-goer was getting belligerent and picking a fight with your husband or something like that?

Did I dream this?
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Didn't you have a thread a while back about some neighbor throwing a party and a party-goer parked in your drive and/or backed in to your car or something like that. I think the drunk party-goer was getting belligerent and picking a fight with your husband or something like that?

Did I dream this?
The drunk party goer was picking a fight with ME - but then everyone got involved. My neighbor has 10 kids and all of their friends come over a lot. I don't think it had anything to do with them because there was nobody in the court at the time. When I clean up the bikes, I usually have the garage open and I won't open the garage if they have their friends over because I don't want anyone to see the cars inside. The only thing I could think of is that since this is a cul-de-sac, a lot of people think it is a through street. Someone must have been making a U-turn and might have seen the bike. I just hate it that everytime I see some punk on a blue bike I find myself staring to see if it's my bike. I don't like feeling that way. Because I know that if I ever do come across my bike, I WILL take it back.
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Old 02-03-06, 01:08 PM   #11
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I know how you feel. My Santa Cruz Blur was stolen out of my house in November. Ironically, my husband and I thought it would be more secure stored in our house than the garage. WRONG! Turns out some loser crackhead broke into our house and took it along with our laptop, digital camera, etc. He was caught several weeks later, but my bike wasn't recovered. I check on craigslist, ebay, mtbr review, etc every day. From what the cops told me, my bike was in the hands of a drug dealer the very day it was stolen. Don't know what happened after that.

I have a hard time getting over it because this was a custom bike. I didn't buy a build kit but had my LBS assemble it with parts I chose. Even had a custom wheelset. It's a one-off custom bike and if it's still out there, anyone who knew my bike would recognize it right away. Even though my home insurance paid full value for my bike and I already have another custom Blur on order, I still think about my first one every day. It saddens me to think someone would turn my bike for a cheap hit. What a waste.....

Im' sorry about your Blur . You have more reason to be upset than I do. I told my boss that it was stolen and he laughed because I was upset about a bike that I didn't have to PAY for. I told him that I appreciate anything that I have, even if it was a gift, something that I didn't have to pay for.

But your bike had your heart into it. My only consolation would be that now with this new one, you can have it better than the last. And now maybe now this one will fill your heart .

Maybe the drugs they got with your bike will get them into even deeper trouble. Or maybe they got sick from taking bad stuff into their body. Things have a way of happening. Goes around comes around.
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Old 02-03-06, 01:09 PM   #12
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Amen sister! I had my Raleigh Technium stollen off my back patio (corner lot, cul-de-sac) and no fence at the time. I'm still eyeing bikes in the 'hood and it's been 7 years!
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One positive thing: If it didn't get stolen, I wouldn't have had justification for getting the Kona. But then again, I also used the excuse that I could afford it due to the promotion I got three months ago. Excuses, excuses.
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i find myself getting mad over things that happened, like, 10 years ago. i never forget when someone has wronged me. and sometimes the event replays itself in my head at the oddest times. i really wish it was easier to let things go... i can't afford to get mad at the same stuff over and over again.

i hope you get your bike back.
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Having anything stolen leaves you with a sense of vulnerability and helplessness. There is a grieving process that you go through. You've lost some feelings of security and control. Emotionally, this is a real loss and something to be grieved.
The grieving process is not instantaneous. It takes some time and it gets just a little easier to deal with, every morning. You kind of have to roll with it and accept how you're feeling as legitimate.

Expressing how you feel, as you've done here is perfectly healthy.

Like they say, time heals all wounds. Hang in there, hon. You're healing a little more with each day.
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Hmm, I guess I'd better start locking my car....

I usually have a bike in it, you see. Partially disassembled, of course. Maybe that's why I've still got mine; it couldn't just be rolled off.

I feel sorry for anyone you catch on your bike, Siu...and, Stacey, please try to keep the maiming to a minimum if you ever find yours. Leave 'em the ability to confess their crimes, at least.
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Stacey, please try to keep the maiming to a minimum if you ever find yours. Leave 'em the ability to confess their crimes, at least.

Ha! Corpses can't press charges.
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I know where you're coming from, Siu. I've had 3 bikes stolen since I was a kid, and I still miss them.

One was my first brand-new bike ever, a 1978 Scwhinn Varsity. I thought my 3/8 in thick cable lock was invincible. Turns out it was not. Police called like six months later, said they had my bike (it was registered). They had... the frame. and it was bent pretty badly.

Two was my beloved Scwhinn Typhoon, with which I'd delivered tens of thousands of newspapers and ridden thousands of joyous miles. Loaned it to a 'friend' at college who first lost the lock and shortly afterwards lost the bike.

Three was a pawn shop varsity, and I shed no tears. I knew it was stoopid to leave it unattended outside that party for five minutes while I ran in to check on that poor drunk woman I was worried about. I actually ran across it a few months later, rusted all to hell and both wheels tacoed. And locked with the lock I hadn't used. I just left it.

I still grieve for my first varsity and my typhoon. Not as much as I used to, but somewhat.

I guess the lesson is that everything in life is temporary, so enjoy your stuff now, while you have it. That goes about a million times stronger for the people you love.
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Yup, hard to get over the old stuff. A bike of mine was stolen about 30 years ago; I don't remember much about, other than it was yellow. My brother and a friend of ours asked if they could ride it until he went home, I said yes & stayed inside for some reason. When the kid went home he left it out by the curb; I'd forgotten about it until the next day by which time it was long gone. Somehow, I still blame my brother for this.
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It's always hard to get over the stolen stuff.

heck I'm still pissed about when my gameboy got stolen back in grade school...
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Just squeeze your rage into a bitter little ball and release it at an appropriate time.

(Like that day I hit the referee with a whiskey bottle. Remember that?)
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*looks at his bike that always stays in the house when not being ridden* .

Sorry to hear that happened Siu
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