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Old 09-04-12, 10:00 AM   #1
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Bicycle/Cycling Theft Stories...

I was talking with a buddy last night and found out that during his '89 Trans-America tour on the northern route he had his bicycle panniers stolen in Minnesota. He had been camping overnight with his bike locked to a tree and his panniers on his bike and someone removed his panniers and took off. The biggest loss was all of his pictures from the first part of the ride...

It got me thinking about when I've had bikes or bike items stolen. My craziest (and most unfortunate) was a Cannondale touring bike stolen from my 2nd story deck. Someone climbed a tree, jumped to my neighbors deck, climbed over the wall, cut the bike off the deck, and then walked it out my apartment while I was home playing Quake with my earphones on. I distinctly remembered hearing a "clickclickclick" sound but didn't give it much thought at the time...


So let's hear your stories about what you did or didn't do that got your bike or cycling related items stolen...
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Old 09-04-12, 10:05 AM   #2
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I had my Schwinn Paramount, with Campagnolo Record components, stolen off my porch while I went inside to refill a water bottle. Haven't seen it since.

I work in beach bike rentals, and 99% of all "stolen" bikes have the locks returned, as the customer didn't lock the bike and it was stolen from their house, condo, or hotel. The recovery rate is around 80%, as many are just ditched and later picked up by police, security, good Smaritians, the thief himself returns it, or a delivery driver finds it.
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Old 09-04-12, 10:42 AM   #3
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Is the bike so bad they're like, "Pleeeease take it away!" or do they come looking for a reward?

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the thief himself returns it
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My only bike that was stolen was a small bright green bmx when I was a little boy. That night when i discovered that the bike wasnt there anymore, was so trumatizing for my soul, that since then I haven't lost a bike (knocking on wood).
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Is the bike so bad they're like, "Pleeeease take it away!" or do they come looking for a reward?
Most a reward. Some out of guilt and say "I found your bike." We do keep serial and registration numbers on file on what was stolen.
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We had a Chariot two-kid trailer locked to a fence outside our downtown Ottawa apartment building - someone cut the cable lock (I should have known better) and it was gone!

I had an old 10-speed converted to a single-speed city bike, repainted it with Tremclad and put the brand name 'RUSTY' up the side of the frame in vinyl letters. THen one day I loosely locked it to a no-parking sign near the apartment mentioned above with a coiled cable lock... when I came out to get it and I think someone had pulled the coils in the lock straight and lifted it over the sign. THe trailer I was not surprised about (those have some resale value) but goofy townie bikes are always a surprise when they go missing.
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Not my story. But, I recall a Bicycling Magazine story telling of the need to keep your bike secure.. Some cyclist was doing California's Big Sur.. The rider walked down some cliff to see the view.. It was only for a very brief period of time.. From down below, he watched someone pick up truck come up and its passengers load his bike onto their truck.. He did not see them clear enough to identify the pick up or the thieves.. that would be a difficult situation.. I secure my bike to something no matter how brief : should my bikes be out of sight.
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The first brand new bike I ever owned was the prize for selling the most stuff in a school fund raiser. Got stolen within two weeks while it was locked to the rack outside my apartment building. Tore me up bad. I have a special kind of hatred for bike thieves.
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