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Old 10-04-06, 11:46 AM   #1
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Bikes intact, had a bike lock stolen.

Never thought this would happen, and checking if a family member borrowed it, but it appears that I had a Kryptonite New York Chain stolen... and all my bikes appear to be intact.

Bikes getting stolen is fairly common, but I've never heard of having someone leave the bikes, take the lock (although the lock that was taken was on a table, not attached to anything.)

(edited) Just making sure that people know that the lock was not attached to anything, so it wasn't a lock defect issue. Even the most secure lock known to mankind can be stolen if its left sitting on a table.

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Old 10-04-06, 11:58 AM   #2
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I collect bike theft data informally mostly from NYC craigslist postings. You are not the first person. I once sawed off the lock from a long abandoned bike frame to get the Kryptonite chain.
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Old 10-04-06, 12:32 PM   #3
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I stole a chain from a newspaper stand the other day to use for my bike, haha. Not the same thing, but the timing of this thread made me chuckle.

I guess whoever stole it would feel too guilty to take a bike, but not a chain. Just my guess.
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I stole a chain from a newspaper stand the other day to use for my bike, haha. Not the same thing, but the timing of this thread made me chuckle.

I guess whoever stole it would feel too guilty to take a bike, but not a chain. Just my guess.
Maybe the bike wasn't there and the chain was all that was available to steal. Probably would have taken a bag of chips if it had been there instead of the chain.
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Hah, even tweakers and crackheads won't take your bike.
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Guess I need to look for "beater" locks. Like the U-lock I saw at the university today which had black electrician's tape wrapped all around the cylinder part [1].

[1]: The bike it was attached to had style that only an old bike that is well maintained and used daily can have.
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The lock I had go missing wasn't locked to anything (a bike, pole), but sitting on top a shelf, so if someone stole/borrowed it, it wouldn't have taken any effort to disable any part of it... just pick it up like a loose chain.

I had a couple people ask in PMs how it could have been broken, and it wasn't. The failure was the guy owning the lock, not the lock itself.

Just making sure people know, it wasn't a Kryptonite lock failure in any way, shape or form, it was a failure of me to lock the lock up.

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Wait, I just thought of something - what would the lock-thief intend to do with a lock and no accompanying key? Is he going to pick the lock each time he wishes to use it? People make me laugh sometimes.
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Wait, I just thought of something - what would the lock-thief intend to do with a lock and no accompanying key? Is he going to pick the lock each time he wishes to use it? People make me laugh sometimes.
This is not about the lock. This is about stealing the chain only. Obviously the padlock can be replaced which is cheap compared to the value of the actual chain.

You're laughing at nothing.
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Knockoff Krypto chain, wo lock, being sold for $35 inc shipping on ebay.
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