Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: Stolen Bikes

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Sierra Madre, CA, USA
    My Bikes
    Trek 5300
    Posts
    303
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Stolen Bikes

    There are a group of homeless people who hang around a doughnut shop that I patronize. They seem to all ride rather expensive mountain bikes that look very new. I suspect that they are all stolen. Here in California you can license your bike with a state license free at any police station or city hall. Maybe register would be a better term. It really means nothing because if your bike is stolen the police are not going to do anything. If they confiscate a load of stolen bikes they are not going to even check the serial numbers on those bikes. I was thinking that there should be somewhere on the internet that you could post the description and serial number of your stolen bike by your geographical location. Has anyone else got any ideas on this topic?

  2. #2
    Toyota Racing Dev. PWRDbyTRD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Knoxville, TN baby!
    My Bikes
    2004 Kona Hoss Dee-Lux
    Posts
    3,336
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'd approach your local bike shops with descriptions of the bikes...most likely if they're missing some high dollar bikes the owner will have ranted at atleast one LBS
    Linkage...My 2004 Kona Hoss Dee-Lux My Mindless Banter
    Disclaimer: I'm 425lb...I put unnormal loads on my bike. This should help you in answering any of my questions.

  3. #3
    You need a new bike supcom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Posts
    5,434
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Gardner
    There are a group of homeless people who hang around a doughnut shop that I patronize. They seem to all ride rather expensive mountain bikes that look very new. I suspect that they are all stolen. Here in California you can license your bike with a state license free at any police station or city hall. Maybe register would be a better term. It really means nothing because if your bike is stolen the police are not going to do anything. If they confiscate a load of stolen bikes they are not going to even check the serial numbers on those bikes. I was thinking that there should be somewhere on the internet that you could post the description and serial number of your stolen bike by your geographical location. Has anyone else got any ideas on this topic?
    Who's going to check the serial numbers? The homeless guys aren't likely to bring the bikes in to an LBS for service. I know that I'm not going to go around with a list of bike serial numbers looking for bums with bikes.

    Things aren't much better for automobiles even though they all have highly visible license plates. If your car gets stolen, chances are, if it is recovered, that it will have been damaged or stripped so badly it will be totaled by the insurance company.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Posts
    108
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I once saw a bum ride by on a Bianchi road bike. I didn't realize it at the time, but it must have been stolen.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    terre haute IN
    My Bikes
    88 c'dale mtb, early 80's mongoose mtb,82 schwinn heavy duti
    Posts
    236
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    are we sure they are homeless bums? 9 days out of ten most would think I look like a homeless bum. it all depends on the job that I am doing that day. none of my bikes are real high dollar, but I would also look twice if I saw certain looking people on them. saw a guy just yesterday ride up to the library on a nice looking bianchi. a few years old ,but nice. old ratty dirty work boots, dirty blue jeans, dirty t-shirt, unruly,dirty hair. looked like he could use a bath. but he handeled his bike in such a way that you could tell it was his and he rode it alot,

    we also can register our bikes with local police,but it really doesnt do any good for theft recovery. they just dont care and in their eyes,they have bigger problems then a stolen bike. wasnt there a national bike registry online or somewhere to register your bike or report it stolen? still wouldnt do much good unless the harrases the homeless guys to check serial numbers. I'd be real pissed of if a cop rolled by me and started asking to see the serial numbers on my bike just cause I was dirty and didnt look like I could own that nice a bike.
    "When a man lies, he murders some part of the world"

    God Bless Chris LeDoux. R.I.P. 1948-2005

  6. #6
    okay maybe not. mmerner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    waukesha, wi
    My Bikes
    oh a bunch.
    Posts
    598
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    question everything.

  7. #7
    Listen to me powers2b's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Lexus Texas
    Posts
    2,791
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by mmerner
    Beat me to it.

    The local bike co-op gives bikes to indigents in exchange for help around the shop. Some of the bikes can be quite nice.
    There is a man on the board of directors of the co-op that happens to be homeless. He rides a nice mountain bike and I pity the punk that tries to take it away from him.

    I ride a CF monocoque trek while wearing a dirty shirt, torn jeans and $5 tennis shoes.
    While I don't hang out at donut shops I do meet friends downtown for coffee.
    I'd love to see someone come up to us and accuse us of stealing our bikes.

    Enjoy

  8. #8
    JitterBuggin on da Pedals jitteringjr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Denver, CO
    My Bikes
    2004 Bianchi XL Carbon 2005 Fuji Outland Pro
    Posts
    1,253
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If you don't have a mortgage, car payment, no insurance, getting a nice bike is not that unreasonable. Don't be so quick to judge.
    2004 Bianchi XL Carbon with Campy Centaur
    2005 Fuji Outland Pro

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Sierra Madre, CA, USA
    My Bikes
    Trek 5300
    Posts
    303
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Come on fellows I would not mistake work clothes for homeless attire. The men I referred to I know quite well even to where they spend their nights. Believe you me, they are homeless.

  10. #10
    Listen to me powers2b's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Lexus Texas
    Posts
    2,791
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Gardner
    Come on fellows I would not mistake work clothes for homeless attire. The men I referred to I know quite well even to where they spend their nights. Believe you me, they are homeless.
    Read my last post on this thread then tell me what your point is.

    Enjoy

  11. #11
    Banned.
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    toronto
    My Bikes
    specialized allez pro, giant tcr composite
    Posts
    456
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I highly recommend stolen bikes. Much cheaper than ebay. Although proper fit is still not to be overlooked when buying one. A good shop should be able to "custom order" whatever you need. The delivery time on "custom orders" might be a little slow but it still beats full retail.

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    5,251
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A lot of the "homeless" guys in my neighborhood are actually "semi-homeless". If they get a steady job for a few weeks, they rent a room or an apartment. When work gets slow, they get behind on their rent, and end up back on the street. Often, a reliable bike is essential for getting to a job.

    Luckily for them, Goodwill and other resale shops in the area sell bikes cheaply. Pawnshops in my area charge about $75 to $125 for all of their bikes, whether it is a 1995 Cannondale, or a 1989 K-Mart bike. At the re-sale stores, those same bikes might sell for $10 to $50...lesss than a tank of gas for some vehicles.

    I donated a 1980 Schwinn road bike to a resale shop in my neighborhood. It was a nice bike, but it had an annoying "clicking" sound near the bottom bracket. Three shops and a bunch of money never "cured" that "clicking" noise. Later, I went by the resale shop, and they had priced the nice Schwinn at $20...I was tempted to buy it back.

    And, during "Spring Cleaning", Houston has "heavy trash days" where folks can leave out sofa's, TV's, and, (gulp) bicycles for the City to haul away. I often see in the piles of junk, a "last summer's" K-Mart or Wal-Mart bike. It might have a flat tire, or broken chain, or balky shifter. They were "shocked" by the $30 repair estimate at the LBS ("A $30 repair...you're joking....I'll just go back to Wal-Mart, and for $75, get a NEW bike").

    So, there are lots of ways to get a bike cheap other than to steal one. A college student who bought a 2004 Cannondale for $200 from the guy he met at a club is as likely to be riding a stolen bike as that unemployed construction worker down on the corner. Lots of ways to get a bike...

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •