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Old 01-20-06, 03:30 AM   #1
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to the jerkwad that stole my light tonight

I almost never leave my blinky lights unattended. I know how easy they are to take off-- so I put them in my pockets when I see live music or have some beers. Usually. I'm very familliar with the uncomfortable hassle of having a a couple lights stuck in your jeans pocket all night. I don't like it. No, sir.

But the clamp on my "good" light broke recently, and I had to resort to my old Planet Bike Beamer from a few years ago. The light was pretty difficult to remove from the clamp due to it now fitting so well on my bullhorns...so I left it on my bike for a few hours while I listened to my cow-orker's punk trio. Mistake.

I hope you know how many times it's saved my life. Hell, even I don't know that. But I know it's been more than a few.

I hope you know that I'm broke. I can't buy another for at least two weeks.

And I hope you have a hard ****ing time mounting it to your bike without the clamp. You ******bag asslicker.


Way to go, you fratty piece of crap. I can only assume you did this because you were drunk and no girl would go home with you.

On the other hand, my biggest problem (at the moment) is a lack of safety lighting. Ooops, I win again. Sucker.
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Old 01-20-06, 05:54 AM   #2
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I strip my bike down to the frame and components and take EVERYTHING off my bike- I just can't trust people these days because I'm afraid what happened to you will happen to me. Sorry that happened to you, man.

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Old 01-20-06, 06:17 AM   #3
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Sucks. Sorry about that.

A few years ago, I rode my bike to work, chained it up outside my office building, removed the blinkies, and went in. At the end of the day, I came down, unchained it, reattached my blinkies, jumped on and rode off. A few blocks later, I came to a red light, grabbed the brakes and. . . . nothing. Or really not quite nothing, but way less stopping force than usual.

I managed to stop, and pulled over to the sidewalk to see what the problem was. Some creep had stolen the brake pads off my front brake!

Amazing. My theory is that I lock my bike up right outside the messenger entrance for my office building, and that a bike messenger had found himself in need of new brake pads, seen my bike conveniently located right where he'd locked up his bike, and helped himself.

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Sucks. Sorry about that.

Some creep had stolen the brake pads off my front brake!
Oh fer Gawds sake! You gotta be yankin' my chain!? What next, steal all the cables of your bike?
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Way to go, you fratty piece of crap. .
sorry this happened to you. I'm not a big fan of personal belongings being stolen, no matter what it is. as for this quote... the fratty, meaning fraternity type??

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i take all the lights off, the computer, and all the little attachable accesories, and sometimes, depending on the situation, ill take the saddle off as well...really, who wants to take a bike with no saddle...that would just be uncomfortable. I also stretch my cable lock through the spokes on the rear wheel, then through the frame, then trough the front spokes and whatever im locking my bike to, just because i dont want to come out to see my bike with no wheels...quick release is a mixed blessing.

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Old 01-20-06, 06:08 PM   #8
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I strip my bike down to the frame and components and take EVERYTHING off my bike- I just can't trust people these days because I'm afraid what happened to you will happen to me. Sorry that happened to you, man.

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What do you do when on tour? Could be difficult bringing everything or do you just chance leaving most of your gear with the bike?
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When I tour, I lock my bags closed, and I double bungee cord everything to the rack if I use a rack. Nowadays, my samsonite luggage doubles as a trailer I can pull behind my bike, and I can lock the luggage/trailer shut without incident, then use a bike lock to lock the luggage to an immovable object. I lock my bike, of course... I bring my kryptonite chain and my mul-ti-lock padlock.

Knock on wood- I haven't had problems yet, except someone stole a makeup case with some used lipstick in there. That's about it.

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i take all the lights off, the computer, and all the little attachable accesories, and sometimes, depending on the situation, ill take the saddle off as well...really, who wants to take a bike with no saddle...that would just be uncomfortable. I also stretch my cable lock through the spokes on the rear wheel, then through the frame, then trough the front spokes and whatever im locking my bike to, just because i dont want to come out to see my bike with no wheels...quick release is a mixed blessing.

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I have a more efiicient way of securing my bike, and that is to never leave it anywhere scumbags can get at it. My hand is always on it, or my butt is. We also know the cafes, where a secure area is available for bikes, pushchairs etc. and these get our sunday breakfast order. In extreme cases where we do go for a coffee- we have it outside with the bikes in easy reach. Even then we remove the Q.R. so that any one trying to knick it will not get very far before the Ambulance has to be called. If the road doesn't get them-We will.
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The last month before graduating from the university, I was really running on fumes financially. My bike needed new rims etc which was out of the question till I graduated. My brother had left behind an old Montgomery Ward 10 Speed. So I used that. Two weeks later, the down tube came out of the Bottom Bracket. I walked it home and with turnbuckles and wire, I managed to pull the frame back together. Enough to get me through till graduation in two weeks.

It worked fine for a few days till I came out from class to find that some moron had undone the turnbuckles to allow the frame to spread again.

I walked it home and tried to pull things together again, but I just couldn't get the right fit. The frame was no longer true. Without other resources, I just pedaled and prayed. It did managed to last till graduation, though the next Tuesday, pedaling to work, I noticed I was getting lower and lower and saw the frame was dying completely.

I parked it(without locking it) and came back at lunch and stripped it of the components and threw the frame in the trash.

In the long run, I suffered no great loss I guess. But it is hard to imagine someone so thoughtless and cruel that upon seeing a bike wired together, that they decide that they just have to go out of their way to wreck it. Hard to believe where they got their motivation.
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Sorry about your light. Go on a beer fast for a week, and you'll have enough for a cheap light.
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- PM me w/your address and i'll send you a light (i've got an extra Specialized 3-LED model)

- crap, no bucks to buy a light for two weeks? i'd rather you were safe!

- i *hate* thieves!
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Hey,linux.That's a nice thing to do.What a great gesture from the kindness of your heart..Awesome!! This world needs more people like you.
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Hey,linux.That's a nice thing to do.What a great gesture from the kindness of your heart..Awesome!! This world needs more people like you.
- hey, i've been there (grew up in an orphanage in what is now a free-kill crack zone in Philly)...

- having someone rip your shiite is bad mojo... for some folks it doesn't matter, but when it happens to the wrong person at the wrong time, life can really suck...

- i remember when $20 made the difference in my eating for a whole week...
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- PM me w/your address and i'll send you a light (i've got an extra Specialized 3-LED model)

- crap, no bucks to buy a light for two weeks? i'd rather you were safe!

- i *hate* thieves!

Thanks! That's very kind of you. I started a new job and got paid earlier than I expected, though-- so I'm all set for lights! Whew!
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Hey,linux.That's a nice thing to do.What a great gesture from the kindness of your heart..Awesome!! This world needs more people like you.

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IAnd I hope you have a hard ****ing time mounting it to your bike without the clamp. You ******bag asslicker.


Way to go, you fratty piece of crap. I can only assume you did this because you were drunk and no girl would go home with you.

On the other hand, my biggest problem (at the moment) is a lack of safety lighting. Ooops, I win again. Sucker.

Such vitrilol!! Maybe you deserve to have your light knicked!
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Such vitrilol!! Maybe you deserve to have your light knicked!
Nobody DESERVES to have any of their stuff stolen.

If I had something of mine stolen from me, I'd probably be as angry as the original poster as well. IMO his anger is pretty well justified. Are you saying that if I think you're a jerk, I have the right to steal stuff from you?
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Probably a random act of malicious vandalism. Although, my LED light would work pretty well as an ordinary flashlight as well.
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