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Old 04-21-05, 12:31 PM   #1
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This happened yesterday.

Went out the door for work 6:45 AM. Had my Giant Boulder SE P(nothing special, bought it used on eBay to keep as a knock-around bike to play with until I could afford a nice road bike) with me. I keep it inside to keep it safe from thieves (had a securely locked up Trek 800 stolen off the bike rack earlier this year). So, I carried it up the steps and out the door, then remember I left my folder inside that I needed for class after work. Left the bike leaning next to my apt. building and ran inside. I was in...for maybe 20-25 seconds TOPS. Found the folder, put it in backpack, dug around make sure I had all the papers I needed. Come outside, bike is gone.



And around here, on a college campus, 6:45 AM means the area is a ghost town. Students are all asleep. NO cars on the road. I have long open streets all around me. So I ran all around looking up and down the streets to see if I saw some ******* riding it away...and nothing. I checked behind the building, bushes, in the building's hallways...spritning back and forth, and nothing. Just poof...gone. What kind of thief is waiting around that early? Who has the ****in balls to see me jump off the bike...run inside...and still know they'd have enough time to grab and it disappear before I came back out?

It just blew my mind. Deserted, outdoor area...run inside...come back...bike is gone without a trace. Sigh. People make me sick.
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Old 04-21-05, 12:40 PM   #2
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maybe it ran away?

sorry you lost another bike, guess you can't be too careful around campuses.
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It was probably someone in your building.
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My sympathies dude I haven't had a bike stolen in circumstances quite that sudden, but still... it's always a shock to find your bike gone or missing parts. Hope you can get another soon. I'm a grad student and now own 4 bikes because I buy used road bikes from the early 90's for dirt cheap (apparently, they're the least fashionable type of bike around )

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This happened yesterday.

Went out the door for work 6:45 AM. Had my Giant Boulder SE P(nothing special, bought it used on eBay to keep as a knock-around bike to play with until I could afford a nice road bike) with me. I keep it inside to keep it safe from thieves (had a securely locked up Trek 800 stolen off the bike rack earlier this year). So, I carried it up the steps and out the door, then remember I left my folder inside that I needed for class after work. Left the bike leaning next to my apt. building and ran inside. I was in...for maybe 20-25 seconds TOPS. Found the folder, put it in backpack, dug around make sure I had all the papers I needed. Come outside, bike is gone.



And around here, on a college campus, 6:45 AM means the area is a ghost town. Students are all asleep. NO cars on the road. I have long open streets all around me. So I ran all around looking up and down the streets to see if I saw some ******* riding it away...and nothing. I checked behind the building, bushes, in the building's hallways...spritning back and forth, and nothing. Just poof...gone. What kind of thief is waiting around that early? Who has the ****in balls to see me jump off the bike...run inside...and still know they'd have enough time to grab and it disappear before I came back out?

It just blew my mind. Deserted, outdoor area...run inside...come back...bike is gone without a trace. Sigh. People make me sick.
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Old 04-21-05, 12:47 PM   #5
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Dirt cheap sounds good for my next mtn bike. The police dept. has an auction every spring to get rid of all the bikes they've impounded from around campus (and that's a TON of bikes - I'm at a very large university). Gonna try to pick up a cheapy then.

My road bike will never, ever, ever be out of my sight for more than a second.
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Old 04-21-05, 12:52 PM   #6
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Your bike will probably show up at that auction. this sounds like pure oportunity, somebody tired of walking and lacking any moral character, passed by you bike and figured it was quicker than walking. It is probably sitting abandoned at their destination.
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Old 04-21-05, 01:33 PM   #7
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A great story illustrating how to steal a bike.

A guy calls into cartalk asking how he can lock hi jeep hood because someone stold his old battery.
The brothers told him to move his jeep. They didn't want to old battery, they want the new one he was about to buy.

Moral is, theives are smart. A bike thief dosn't just walk around and pick a bike at random. They will 'case' the bikes like any burgular. When you first lock up and go to work, they know your'e not coming out in 5 minutes, if you use a combo lock, the guy locking up behind you is looking over your shoulder for the numbers (had that one happen, thankfully cross locked.) And when you drop a bike unlocked and run inside, the thief is either following you or waiting at the location for just that.
What can we do?
When you lock a bike, walk inside then stop around the corner and look back to see if anyone is messing with it. Most theives operate in the first few minutes.
Watch your combination locks, dont let anyone see them unlocked.
And cross lock.

Oh, and the one time i've left a bike unlocked, it walked away too...
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Old 04-21-05, 02:15 PM   #8
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That sucks. Sorry your bike was stolen.

Luckily, the worst I've had happen was someone stealing part of my commuter bike's quick-release wheel bracket. The paranoid part of me said that they'd taken just part of it so that I'd have to leave my bike downtown overnight so they'd have time to get my lock off and take the whole bike, so I moved it inside my office building until I could get the replacement part.
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Old 04-21-05, 03:17 PM   #9
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I keep thinking about how very easy it'd be to buy a cheapy decoy, leave it unlocked at the racks, and watch it from my neighbor's window (which looks directly at them). Just hang out for the night and wait. I guarantee some scumbag would happen by and see it...and take it.

Dunno what I'd do from there though.
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Old 04-21-05, 03:21 PM   #10
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People that steal suck!! There just lazy bums to sorry to work for what they want.
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<snip> Dunno what I'd do from there though.
You would have the decoy bike rigged with an improvised explosive device,
which you detonate by using a garage door opener, of course.
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Old 04-21-05, 04:00 PM   #12
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You would have the decoy bike rigged with an improvised explosive device,
which you detonate by using a garage door opener, of course.
Or, if you lack MacGyver skills, there's always the paintball gun. Make sure you use a really heavy bike and aim for the face. Think "bank dye pack package".
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Old 04-21-05, 07:31 PM   #13
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Or, if you lack MacGyver skills, there's always the paintball gun. Make sure you use a really heavy bike and aim for the face. Think "bank dye pack package".
Potato Gun.
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Old 04-21-05, 08:30 PM   #14
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Spike the saddle with tacks or nails.
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Old 04-21-05, 08:40 PM   #15
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Spike the saddle with tacks or nails.
Ohhh, cruelty!

I like.

Superglue on the handles could be effective, too.
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Lace the bike with a gel of hydroflouric acid.
When the thief touches it, he won't feel it initially, only after the acid has penetrated his flesh and moved its way into his bones. At that point, the flourine would start dissociating calcium ions in his skeletal components and start moving its way through his system. Unless quickly neutralized by calcium gel, the HF will make its way up through the arm to the heart where it will destabalize heart rythm and lead to massive cardiac arrest.
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Lace the bike with a gel of hydroflouric acid.
When the thief touches it, he won't feel it initially, only after the acid has penetrated his flesh and moved its way into his bones. At that point, the flourine would start dissociating calcium ions in his skeletal components and start moving its way through his system. Unless quickly neutralized by calcium gel, the HF will make its way up through the arm to the heart where it will destabalize heart rythm and lead to massive cardiac arrest.
remind me not to steal from slvoid
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Anybody remember Chevettes anti-theft system from Gibson's Virtual Light? Besides being strategically uglified (doesn't necessarily work), it had some kind of capacitor that charged up while riding (?), I just remember a potential perp getting a jolt of electricity as the capacitor discharged when he tried to pick up the frame.

Damn, that was a cool book.
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A bike thief dosn't just walk around and pick a bike at random. They will 'case' the bikes like any burgular.
I'd say walking around at random looking for bikes sums up almost all bike theives, especially campus ones. These James Bond theives you speak of are a tiny minority and not looking for beaters.
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A guy calls into cartalk asking how he can lock hi jeep hood because someone stold his old battery.
The brothers told him to move his jeep. They didn't want to old battery, they want the new one he was about to buy.
I'm struggling to make sense of what this story is about.
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Lace the bike with a gel of hydroflouric acid.
When the thief touches it, he won't feel it initially, only after the acid has penetrated his flesh and moved its way into his bones. At that point, the flourine would start dissociating calcium ions in his skeletal components and start moving its way through his system. Unless quickly neutralized by calcium gel, the HF will make its way up through the arm to the heart where it will destabalize heart rythm and lead to massive cardiac arrest.
Man that's just brilliant. If only it wouldnt land me some time in the slammer. It'd be just what they deserve.
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Old 04-22-05, 11:23 AM   #22
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I'm struggling to make sense of what this story is about.
Ditto.
So, it isn't just me.
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I think they were saying that someone stole his battery because they new he'd need to replace it with a new one. They told him to move the vehicle because the thieves would be back within a few days to pick up the new battery as well.
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Yea, but he fooled the ring of thieves by parking in the same spot and leaving the headlights on all night to scare them away. We all know how theives hate bright lights....or maybe that's Gremlins....

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Ditto.
So, it isn't just me.
Fortunately, I speak "disastrous grammar."

The crux of the story is this: Thieves steal your car battery, knowing that you will get it replaced. If you park in the same location, they will return the next night, and steal the new battery. They were never intested in your old battery at all.

"Cartalk" refers to a car-oriented radio talk show.

People, could we proofread, just once, ever so gently? It would really help.
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