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Old 06-13-05, 03:26 PM   #1
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What kind(s) of bikes do cops ride?

I mean, professionally? Just curious...
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Old 06-13-05, 03:36 PM   #2
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The Rock Island, IL officers ride Giant MTB's
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Various kinds. In my town they mostly ride Litespeeds but they also have a few police bikes sold by "Smith and Wesson" and they have a couple of Cannondales.
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Fuji Police or Trek Police around here... they're basically hardtail MTBs with racks, LX components and such.
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Yeah, pretty much hardtails but sometimes they come with shimano silent clutch rear hubs. Make no noise when they coast (I have one).
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They also have a silent hub system so they do not click when they freewheel
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They also have a silent hub system so they do not click when they freewheel
The silent clutch hubs are sorta cool, but isn't that a bit silly? I mean, the click of the freewheel is not very loud in my opinion. Even with slicks, the tire noise seems greater if you're coasting at >10 mph.
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Norco Kokanee I believe. A more entry level MTB hard tail.
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Been doing bike patrol (besides being the primary mechanic and setup guy) for about 10 years. Our "fleet" consists of Trek police service MTBs, and Smith & Wesson police bikes. The Treks are far and away the most popular in the area (ST. Louis) and have been superbly reliable and durable. The Smiths (a generic Taiwan-made frame with various bits bolted on) are a mixed bag. I have two older steel-frame jobs (made by KTM in Austria) with straight XT and LX components. They are excellent. The new ones come in several grades, and the cheapies are junk. Sub-standard components. (They sell a better one)

We set 'em up with a rack, a bag (with "police" on the side) tailight, headlight (Niterider Classic), and street tires. Usually, I end up putting riser bars and a "comfort" saddle on these, the guys prefer an upright position for hours of slow cruising.

Around here, I've also seen the Fuji and Giant police bikes, and one Raleigh. The guy that runs the Police Cyclist course at the local police academy told us that two guys from one of the municipal departments showed up with Huffys! The police bikes were on order, but hadn't arrived yet. So, a quick trip to Wal-Mart...
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Kleins in my neighborhood.
And get this...some of them don't wear helmets.
Is that part of the DARE program?!!!!
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Ours ride Trek MTB's in a special police package.

Easy to outrun.
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Trek around here. Haven't noticed the silent hub...
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I saw a couple of Linwood NJ cops when I was at the LBS and they were rolling out Mercedes Benz mountain bikes.
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Harley-Davidson, Honda and BMW.

oh, wait.

i think the airport cops ride Smith & Wesson, not sure about the city cops. i'm curious though; how many different modes of transportation do your local police use? ours must be a nightmare to co-ordinate - there's the bike patrol, foot patrol, foot patrol "flying squad," the usual assortment of cruisers and motorcycles, the mounted patrol (horses), at least one each helicopter and airplane, jet skis, airboats, humvees, motor coaches (buses), and an M113 apc... i'd hate to be a mechanic for the CPD.

oh yeah, and you can see the chief on roller skates most weeks too...
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Raleigh F700's and other MTB's loaded with police stuff.Riding would be a compliment, not sure being on the sidewalk 99.9% of the time counts.
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In VA Bch, VA I see mostly Trek police or MTB. The rescue squad uses Treks and Cannondales.
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The silent clutch hubs are sorta cool, but isn't that a bit silly? I mean, the click of the freewheel is not very loud in my opinion. Even with slicks, the tire noise seems greater if you're coasting at >10 mph.
To sneak up on suspects at night, a slight click to a bicycle sabby suspect can set them off... bike officers use silence and access as their biggest weapons.

Outruning a bike cop is a function of fitness, not the bike. Have you ever seena bike cop go 26 - 29 on a Trek hardtail... I have because I am that person... well I am not a cop but for 2 years I was a bike security officer. I have chased down my fair share of people on bikes, a few of them stealing stiff... adrenaline can makes you go very very fast...
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Here in Sydney, Australia they ride nice high end hartail MTB's with all the fruit - hydraulic disc brakes, high end Shimano components, etc. My LBS has the contract to supply and maintain them for the entire state, next time I'm in there I'll ask them about it.

I read in the paper that they recently set up a dedicated training facility for velocops at the state's police training center in Goulburn. Looks basically like an awesome urban hucking environment.
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To sneak up on suspects at night, a slight click to a bicycle sabby suspect can set them off... bike officers use silence and access as their biggest weapons.

Outruning a bike cop is a function of fitness, not the bike. Have you ever seena bike cop go 26 - 29 on a Trek hardtail... I have because I am that person... well I am not a cop but for 2 years I was a bike security officer. I have chased down my fair share of people on bikes, a few of them stealing stiff... adrenaline can makes you go very very fast...
A couple of years ago I was in Europe visiting my sister who lives in Belgium, and we eventually made our way down to Paris to do some sight seeing. We were standing under the Eiffel Tower as peddlers were walking up and down the lines trying to sell us stuff, when out of nowhere we hear a whistle, followed by a few dozen cops running and on bikes speeding towards them! Most of them somehow picked up all their merchandise (on blankets) and sprinted the hell out of there across the street, to wait for the cops to leave. One of the cops actually jumped off his bike while he was sprinting and landed on a perp's back!

And 5 minutes later, they were all back, trying to sell us stuff.

Probably the funniest thing I've ever seen!
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Just about all the cops in the downtown area here ride the Trek police series bikes.
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Aquila mountain bikes. Made in Ontario, so maybe someone gives them a good deal.
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Why do they use MTBs? I would think speed would be an important factor. Or do they go do offroad law enforcement too?
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Why do they use MTBs? I would think speed would be an important factor. Or do they go do offroad law enforcement too?
Because often times they are chasing people down stairs, on grass, up and down curbs, a road bike would be ouchies.
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Why do they use MTBs? I would think speed would be an important factor. Or do they go do offroad law enforcement too?
Ours need the MTB's to go off-road, on the beach, jump curbs, go down stairs etc. They couldn't begin to do that on a road bike. If someone is outrunning them, they just make a radio call for backup.
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