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Old 05-12-11, 11:09 AM   #1
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Someone stole the fork, seat, and saddle, off my bike :( what do I do?

I live in an apartment off campus, and only students can live there. Well after a year and nine months, someone finally came and stole pieces to it. I had a wire locking my saddle into the rear U-lock which sat between the seat and chain stay, and a front U-lock locking my wheel to the fence, but I didn't think about the fork being vulnerable.

What should I do? File a police report for Blacksburg? Check Craigslist, look for fingerprints haha.






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Old 05-12-11, 11:13 AM   #2
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File a report for sure. Also, why did you have a seat and a saddle on your bike at the same time? ;-)

And yeah, thieves suck. I hope they put the fork on their bike wrong and end up wrecking hard.
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That sucks EJ. I agree, file a police report, then round up new parts and put the bike back together. No room inside for the bike? Be sure and tell the apartment owner/management so they are aware too. I'm surprised that the thieving bastards didn't cut the porch rails and take the whole bike.
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Yup,the police will be right on it and search the city.
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Is it even worth it to file a report?
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it is if you have renters insurance that might help out. When my Mongoose Transport got stolen, I got a check for $100. All I could buy with it was a POS bike from Kmart that I hated.
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The value in the police report is in the crime statistics. I know the police probably won't do much, but maybe the MO is similar to a known thief, or they'll act if yours is one of many in your area. This has to be part of the record.

Maybe your parents home owners insurance will cover since you are a student.
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Ah nope don't have that.

On a side-note these scums must have came equipped with a bolt-cutter to break the wire lock that help my seat into the rear Ulock, and to disassemble the fork...
The brake cable had a nice clean cut on the end as well. I was at my g/fs apt when this happened just two floors above mine, and if I came down mid-night and saw them, crankarms would be hitting the fan...that's all I can say.
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The value in the police report is in the crime statistics. I know the police probably won't do much, but maybe the MO is similar to a known thief, or they'll act if yours is one of many in your area. This has to be part of the record.

Maybe your parents home owners insurance will cover since you are a student.
No way am I telling my mom about it, she's the one who paid for it back in 2006 when I was only 16. Well she only paid 400, since I received 1k$ credit from Trek when my Bruiser 3 frame split in two.
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Thieves boil my blood. There is never a reason to take what you didn't earn. Ever.
Do file a police report. If you see some one selling exactly what was stolen from you on craigslist, tell the police. My girl friends beach cruiser was stolen, next day it was up on craigslist. The cops found that the guy had a very large inventory of bikes that have been reported stolen. We didn't get the bike back though, Still waiting to find out.

People who have to resort to thievery usually: are not bright, Have stolen more than one, and will do it again.
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as to what do I do? Pop a wheelie!
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It's surprising they left the stem and even the handlebars...Maybe they came just for the fork/seatpost, or maybe due to time constraints they figured they could take the most expensive/easy to get things first.

Really how much could someone sell a 2006 Rock Shox Tora 100mm for? 50$?
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I would go throw a rigid fork on it and have the world's only rear-suspension MTB.
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I would go throw a rigid fork on it and have the world's only rear-suspension MTB.
I might get flamed here, but I have ridden mostly on the road since I've been @ tech here. Back in the glory days in TX was a different story. Are there any neat rigid MTB forks? I forgot the brand, but they make an extremely upper end dual crown fork with the stanchions on the bottom half.
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I might get flamed here, but I have ridden mostly on the road since I've been @ tech here. Back in the glory days in TX was a different story. Are there any neat rigid MTB forks? I forgot the brand, but they make an extremely upper end dual crown fork with the stanchions on the bottom half.
Hmm... Nashbar Carbon? http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...2_175400_-1___

I have one of these on my steel MTB frame: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...2_174928_-1___
It is heavier than some celestial objects, but it gets the job done.

There are some others out there.
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Would this work?

http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.a...m=010435000203



The right fork, without the cantilever knobs?

26/ 1-1/8 440MM DISC RIM
They come in either 410MM or 440MM, and I figure the 440MM will compensate for the 100mm suspension the tora had.

Thoughts?
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As long as it's suspension-corrected, you should be golden. That one or the Surly 1x1 (also on CBO's site) should do it.
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That hurts. My deepest sympathies. I have a MTB with the Nashbar carbon fork. Don't recommend it for you as it is a little short.
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Sucks man. This is why I'll never leave a bike outside.
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Hey all, I was browsing craigslist and someone in Blacksburg listed the exact model of my fork to be sold, which I thought is suspicious. Should I report this to the police? I never reported the crime back in May. :/
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Or your could respond to the ad and see if there is anyway you could prove it is yours. Article going around right now about a Denver woman who had her bike stolen, saw it on Denver CL and arranged to see it and basically just stole it back. There is a foo thread about this that was just started I believe.
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Somehow I find that partial rip-off more onerous than a total bike theft. I mean that ass just sort of ruined that bike and doesn't really have anything to sell. That is just piss poor.
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Hey all, I was browsing craigslist and someone in Blacksburg listed the exact model of my fork to be sold, which I thought is suspicious. Should I report this to the police? I never reported the crime back in May. :/
Call the police and have them escort you. Didn't call the cops? I was in the same shoes. They are too busy catching "real crooks". But it did in fact happen. You have this thread with a picture, and it's dated.
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EJ, you have stickers on your bike. Did your bike come from Texas or your college town? If so, is there anything on the fork that would make it unique? Crooks are dumb and you maybe be able to prove it is yours, if it is yours.
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On the bright side,the crooks could not get by the U-lock
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