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Old 10-27-11, 01:27 PM   #1
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I think I just saw a stolen bike/suspicious person... what would you do???

I'm pretty sure I talked with a couple of bike theives today, but I wasn't quick/clever/assertive/suspicious enough to call police. What would you have done?

So, as I was leaving my LBS today, the customers who'd been served before me were lingering outside having a smoke. They were pretty rough looking guys; weathered faces, grubby clothes. They noticed the clipless pedals on my road bike (eye-catching red Speedplays) and asked my how I liked them.

Me: "They're pretty high-maintenance, but blah blah blah"... (noticing that the men both have Giant mountain bikes with disc brakes, suspension and clipless pedals). "I wouldn't want to use them off-road though" (thinking the guys might be thinking of putting Speedplay on their bikes because it has dual-sided entry).

Guy: "Oh yeah, I'm going to replace these things (Eggbeaters) with real pedals first chance I get, I don't know how you can pedal with your foot stuck to the bike."

That's when the penny dropped for me, that these guys didn't exactly match their bikes. I mean, you can look grubby (I often do), but why are you both riding around together on such very fine machines in the middle of a very cold weekday, not being enough of an enthusiast to appreciate clipless (or healthy lungs, for that matter).

They finished the smokes as I feigned that I'd forgotten something inside, and I went in and asked the mechanic if he also thought they were suspicious. He hadn't really noticed, but he said both bikes are planning to be up on his stand soon, so he'll check the serial numbers with police then.

When I got back outside, the guys were gone. In hindsight, I'm wondering what else I could have done? I didn't have a phone on me to call police and report a suspicious person. Can you even do that? Would police take it seriously? What would you have done? I feel bad, because I'm pretty sure those were stolen bikes. Hopefully their original owners recorded the serial numbers and gave them to police when the bikes disappeared. And hopefully my friend at the shop sees those bikes soon and calls in the numbers.
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Old 10-27-11, 02:15 PM   #2
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A lot of stereotypes at play here
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Old 10-27-11, 02:23 PM   #3
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I'm pretty sure I talked with a couple of bike theives today, but I wasn't quick/clever/assertive/suspicious enough to call police. What would you have done?

So, as I was leaving my LBS today, the customers who'd been served before me were lingering outside having a smoke. They were pretty rough looking guys; weathered faces, grubby clothes. They noticed the clipless pedals on my road bike (eye-catching red Speedplays) and asked my how I liked them.

Me: "They're pretty high-maintenance, but blah blah blah"... (noticing that the men both have Giant mountain bikes with disc brakes, suspension and clipless pedals). "I wouldn't want to use them off-road though" (thinking the guys might be thinking of putting Speedplay on their bikes because it has dual-sided entry).

Guy: "Oh yeah, I'm going to replace these things (Eggbeaters) with real pedals first chance I get, I don't know how you can pedal with your foot stuck to the bike."

That's when the penny dropped for me, that these guys didn't exactly match their bikes. I mean, you can look grubby (I often do), but why are you both riding around together on such very fine machines in the middle of a very cold weekday, not being enough of an enthusiast to appreciate clipless (or healthy lungs, for that matter).

They finished the smokes as I feigned that I'd forgotten something inside, and I went in and asked the mechanic if he also thought they were suspicious. He hadn't really noticed, but he said both bikes are planning to be up on his stand soon, so he'll check the serial numbers with police then.

When I got back outside, the guys were gone. In hindsight, I'm wondering what else I could have done? I didn't have a phone on me to call police and report a suspicious person. Can you even do that? Would police take it seriously? What would you have done? I feel bad, because I'm pretty sure those were stolen bikes. Hopefully their original owners recorded the serial numbers and gave them to police when the bikes disappeared. And hopefully my friend at the shop sees those bikes soon and calls in the numbers.
I must admit, cycling and smoking conflict. Most habitual smokers who decide to seriously cycle, opt to quit the smoking. On the other hand, casual smokers, who mountain bike, are fairly common. It's a toss up, but I think suspicions run deep!

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Old 10-27-11, 02:52 PM   #4
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I must admit, cycling and smoking conflict. Most serious smokers who decide to seriously cycle, opt to quit the smoking.
Like this guy?
http://media.photobucket.com/image/b...wPicture24.jpg

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Don't think there's anything more you could have done. The police wouldn't be able to do anything either unless there's a record of stolen bikes with matching serial numbers.
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Old 10-27-11, 03:29 PM   #5
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You never know mate for all your suspicion it could be theres. But if you're so sure - report it to the police and see if any reports of stolen bikes were filed.
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Old 10-27-11, 03:44 PM   #6
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Like this guy?

Nope!

Not like Mario Cipo, Prathmann!

I'm speaking only of the most serious cyclists!

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Old 10-27-11, 04:07 PM   #7
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Sounds like the day I saw a migrant worker with steel toed construction boots pushing a Pinarello Prince with Speedplays up the street. Just seemed so wrong.

Asked a similar question here and got told to mind my own business Three days later saw a CL post reporting a Pinarello stolen in the same area. Next time I'll follow my gut and call the cops.
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Old 10-27-11, 04:43 PM   #8
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Wow just wow !!. Somebody is a criminal just because they hate clipless pedals and they look rough. I remember few years ago when I bought a brand new high end MTB and the first thing I did was to get rid of clipless pedals and change them to platforms...Oh and BTW, I looked very rough when I picked my bike at the store, I am glad somebody didn't call police on me.
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Old 10-27-11, 04:48 PM   #9
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many people try clipless then decide they hate them and switch back to flats. i see it often on a mtn biker forum.
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Old 10-27-11, 06:45 PM   #10
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many people try clipless then decide they hate them and switch back to flats...
...or try eggbeaters and prefer the adjustable light release of Shimano.

I remember a couple of guys who used to come into a shop where I worked in Ottawa... you wouldn't think they owned the bikes they did based on the cigarette smoking and bush jackets, but they sure did... rode them a tonne, too.
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Old 10-27-11, 07:31 PM   #11
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WOW! and I just thought people were thinking a rode a Harley.....

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Old 10-27-11, 07:37 PM   #12
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Your suspicions were probably correct. If they look rough they are either bike thieves or armed robbers.
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Old 10-27-11, 08:07 PM   #13
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Or the worst of all... vagrants.
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Old 10-27-11, 08:13 PM   #14
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Your gut was probably right, but I don't think you could have done much about it.
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Old 10-27-11, 08:27 PM   #15
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I know a guy who GOT a mountain bike, for FREE, for SMOKING, from MARLBORO. It was a Fuji folding mountain bike, and he probably had to smoke 10,000 cigarettes to get it. He's dead now, emphysema. Go figure. Just thought I'd share. He was pretty rough looking, but not above shopping for his own pedals.
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Maybe he bought the bike second hand?
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That doesn't sound suspicious at all. Two losers hanging out at a bike shop, seems normal to me. LOL

I also just quit a 12 year smoking habit three months ago, and have been riding and running for over six years.
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