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    Bike stolen...now what

    My bike was cut off it's cable last night, sucks because I built it up and have been meaning to get insurance (which will be done within the week), now I feel a need to replace what is gone. The bike was a raleigh conversion, fixed, shiny 27s, fenders, all decked out as it was my mode of transportation. I will miss it, but it needs to be replaced quickily. Do I build up a bike again or just buy a complete bike?
    Hills? What hills? I haven't noticed any...

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    Register it stolen with the cops, check Craig's list, check out the dodgiest bike stores in your neighborhood. Miracles do happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bckpck2rev View Post
    My bike was cut off it's cable last night, sucks because I built it up and have been meaning to get insurance (which will be done within the week), now I feel a need to replace what is gone. The bike was a raleigh conversion, fixed, shiny 27s, fenders, all decked out as it was my mode of transportation. I will miss it, but it needs to be replaced quickily. Do I build up a bike again or just buy a complete bike?
    If you are in the market for a new one, I recommend a folding bike. You never have to worry about locks again if you keep it with you at all times (like I do).

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    Make sure you invest in a quality ulock next time. Cable locks are worthless.

    Complete bikes are cheaper than custom built bikes.
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    By all means file a police report, especially if you have the serial number. The serial number will be entered into the NCIC (National Crime Information center) database and will come up as stolen if run anywhere in the country.
    Cable locks are indeed a waste of money. The big, thick, heavy ones are not too bad; they take a bit of time to chew through. But any of the standard 1/2" or less cables are just one quick bite with a small-ish bolt cutter.
    We arrested a serial bike thief twice (as soon as he got out of prison he started in again). He would walk onto the campus with a backpack. In the backpack was a helmet and a bolt cutter. He'd find a bike he liked, snip the cable with no more effort than you would use if you had the key, roll the cut cable neatly and put it in his pack (looking very normal) and then put on the helmet and ride away.
    Straight to his crack dealer... Direct exchange.

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    find the ******* who stole it and kick his ass, get your bike back from him, and get a decent u-lock to protect it in the future

    or, more realistically, purchase a new bike and get a decent u-lock to protect it

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    Buy off of craigslist, pick one out of the garbage, ebay. There may be some online bargains too. LBS may have some old junk bikes customers never picked up.

    In general every bike I have had stolen I replaced with something I thought was better. Needless to say I started off with bikes I got at auctions, but they were all good bikes I started with.

    I also suggest that you keep a 20" folding bike around for trips and backup.
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    Wieleder CARiBIKE (folding), decent frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by o-dog View Post
    find the ******* who stole it and kick his ass, get your bike back from him, and get a decent u-lock to protect it in the future

    or, more realistically, purchase a new bike and get a decent u-lock to protect it
    I kind of like the idea of buying the U-Lock first. THEN if you find your bike beat the fawcker that has it with the U-Lock!

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    The only time cables are useful is when you're in the middle of the woods with a bunch of friends, miles from civilization, and want to cinch your bikes together because there's nothing to lock them to (if you can carry 4 bikes 20 miles to the nearest road then you deserve to keep them). Get a u lock.

    Everything else aside, did you register your bike with the store that you bought it from? The manufacturer? The local police? If not do so now (you have the serial number, right?). Also list it on the stolen bike registry. Check all of the local bike shops, pawn shops, and craigslist posts. File a police report immediately - for all you know there could have been a string of bike thefts when your bike was stolen and they caught the SOB. If they let him go, break his kneecaps with a crowbar (kidding!... or am I... muwahaha)
    When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man's convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man's brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others. Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle.

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    The u-lock will be bought this week, along with insurance. If I do come across the bike and person riding it, I will beat them to a bloody mess or let the police handle it (I hope I get to handle it...much more rewarding that way. buying a new bike this week.
    Hills? What hills? I haven't noticed any...

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    Check the metal recycling facilities in your area too.

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    How does one get bike insurance??

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    For quick transportation, you could check thrift shops (Salvation Army etc) in your area. I've found some pretty nice bikes that way, including a Centurion Iron man for $35 and a Hard Rock I made into a commuter/beater for my wife for $10. Neither needed anything but grease and a slight tune. I made the Trek into a singlespeed four years ago, and I still ride it often. A ton of bikes from the '80s and early '90s have barely been ridden at all, and eventually people get rid of them.
    Longer term, assuming money is a factor, it's hard to beat Craigslist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bckpck2rev View Post
    The u-lock will be bought this week, along with insurance. If I do come across the bike and person riding it, I will beat them to a bloody mess or let the police handle it (I hope I get to handle it...much more rewarding that way. buying a new bike this week.
    A GOOD u-lock, and sensible locking strategies/habits. Not a $20 walmart special u-lock. Something like they kryptonite eovlution at the very least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjauch View Post
    How does one get bike insurance??
    I have always wondered that too. Mine are currently covered under my homeowners policy...however most of my bikes won't meet the deductible

    To the OP...go get a Ulock, or a New York Fahgettaboudit® then go shopping for a replacement bike. Get what you want, my preference for something that I have to park outside is most likely going to be an older beat up looking bike. Huffy's come to mind. FWIW I had a step through Huffy Baypoint 3 speed that I paid $15 for, then locked up with a $100 lock But at least I had a bike to ride home at the end of the day

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjauch View Post
    How does one get bike insurance??
    You can have it added as a rider (no pun intended) to your home or renters insurance. In my experience, this is VERY expensive. You could afford to pay the depreciated value of the bicycle in a few short years with what you pay in premiums.
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