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2manybikes 01-07-14 05:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Tyestick (Post 16391541)
;)



At that size, I'll only need one link. LOL

Well done!

Research chains a little before buying one. Some are hardened and some big ones that are not can be cut by a huge bolt cutter. The large Kryptonite chains are pretty strong. Keep the chain and the lock high and wrapped so one can not get a link on the ground. If a link can be put on the ground a huge bolt cutter and all one's body weight pushing the bolt cutter handle down against the ground can cut many chains.

Nice bike, did it get damaged?

Grillparzer 01-07-14 05:32 PM

Good job!

prathmann 01-07-14 05:32 PM

Congratulations on saving both bikes and hopefully convincing the perpetrator to take up a different profession (after he gets out of jail).

Wish more stores would install some video security for the bike rack area - too often it's around the corner and out of sight where bike thieves figure they won't get caught. Glad this one figured wrong.

muzpuf 01-07-14 05:48 PM

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Originally Posted by muzpuf (Post 16391468)
subdued with extreme prejudice ....grin ....nice job

here is some theft proof chain for you
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=358558

remember ....they cannot steal it if they cant find it

@work 01-07-14 07:49 PM

Nicely done! Moral of the story, "Don't Steal Bikes Bro!"

vol 01-07-14 07:55 PM

I just wish you had a helmet camera on you that filmed the whole episode.

BlazingPedals 01-07-14 08:00 PM

One more scumbag recognized for his efforts at keeping Craigslist in business. Yay!

Cougrrcj 01-07-14 09:18 PM

Here's a future theft deterrent - use just one link of this chain as leg shackles, then take him swimming about a mile offshore... No repeat offender!
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Originally Posted by muzpuf (Post 16391468)


MonkeyBiker 01-08-14 02:38 AM

nice.
that dude doesn't look in the 20s.

Astrozombie 01-08-14 06:41 PM

You locked that....bike....with just a cable lock? At a Walmart?

*Picks up jaw off the floor*

I'm sorry but you deserved to have it stolen, even POS bikes around here have U-Locks, the hipsters attach them to their paints! That thief must have thought it was Christmas morning. :crash:

Buena Park isn't exactly the nicest part of the OC...... like someone said I would have walked inside with it, if they have a problem shop somewhere else!! I once saw a kid with a red Cannondale road bike walking around a mall :lol:I was like "that'll work!" there's really no difference between the rubber of the tires and our shoes, if the bike is clean, if someone has a problem tell um to shove it.

Glad everyone is ok

KlibanQat 01-08-14 09:29 PM

Congratulations and thank you.

jon c. 01-08-14 09:35 PM

Well done, sir.

Tyestick 01-08-14 10:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Astrozombie (Post 16394889)
You locked that....bike....with just a cable lock? At a Walmart?

*Picks up jaw off the floor*

I'm sorry but you deserved to have it stolen, even POS bikes around here have U-Locks, the hipsters attach them to their paints! That thief must have thought it was Christmas morning. :crash:

Buena Park isn't exactly the nicest part of the OC...... like someone said I would have walked inside with it, if they have a problem shop somewhere else!! I once saw a kid with a red Cannondale road bike walking around a mall :lol:I was like "that'll work!" there's really no difference between the rubber of the tires and our shoes, if the bike is clean, if someone has a problem tell um to shove it.

Glad everyone is ok

I didn't lock it at Walmart.

I locked the bike to the bike rack, in front of 24hr fitness. From there, I walked to Walmart.

I deserve to have my bike stolen? LOL. Okay.

If that thief thought that day was Christmas, he might want to think again next time he's lurking about looking for a bike.

You're right though, I should have just used my U-lock; which I did today.

I don't have anything negative to say about Buena Park. I certainly don't think it's a rough area by any means. There's sharks in the water, no matter where you go.

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Originally Posted by KlibanQat (Post 16395283)
Congratulations and thank you.




Thanks!


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Originally Posted by jon c. (Post 16395298)
Well done, sir.




Thanks chief.

Tyestick 01-08-14 10:16 PM

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Originally Posted by MonkeyBiker (Post 16392618)
nice.
that dude doesn't look in the 20s.

Mid 30's. :)

vol 01-08-14 10:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Tyestick (Post 16395377)
Mid 30's. :)

Ohh, I just realized the guy on the right in the picture was the thief?! I thought it was that "older gentleman" who lost bike :p. Well done, then, I wanted to see what the thief was like. He seemed to be avoiding your camera :lol:

Duane Behrens 01-08-14 11:06 PM

Jane and I ride $5000 - $6000 worth of bikes between us. Abhoring the additional weight, we never lock them to anything. Instead, we just lean them on a tree or a light pole and take turns keeping them in sight. Touch wood - never a problem in 4 years. I always smile at the $300 bikes with U-locks, while ours rest unsecured. And they probably laugh at us, leaving our bikes loose. To each his/her own. . .

double_stuf 01-08-14 11:51 PM

flashy bike gets unwanted attention. shock. glad it worked out. you're more than a little lucky.

get a beater for your china-mart slumming trips

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Originally Posted by Astrozombie (Post 16394889)
You locked that....bike....with just a cable lock? At a Walmart?

*Picks up jaw off the floor*

Buena Park isn't exactly the nicest part of the OC...... like someone said I would have walked inside with it, if they have a problem shop somewhere else! If someone has a problem tell um to shove it.

this. what could he be buying to carry home on a roadie that he couldn't manage while pushing the bike through the store? :p

vol 01-09-14 02:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Duane Behrens (Post 16395455)
take turns keeping them in sight.

Well, in other words, you wouldn't even leave it out of sight! :)

wahoonc 01-09-14 05:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Duane Behrens (Post 16395455)
Jane and I ride $5000 - $6000 worth of bikes between us. Abhoring the additional weight, we never lock them to anything. Instead, we just lean them on a tree or a light pole and take turns keeping them in sight. Touch wood - never a problem in 4 years. I always smile at the $300 bikes with U-locks, while ours rest unsecured. And they probably laugh at us, leaving our bikes loose. To each his/her own. . .

Must be nice... I travel solo much of the time and unfortunately cloning hasn't worked out too well... yet. I ride middle of the road expensive to complete beater bikes. One is an ugly old Raleigh 3 speed from 1971, complete with rusty handlebars and rims. It gets locked with a NY Fahgettaboudit chain. Mainly because I want to ride home, not walk or have to find a ride.

Aaron :)

Duane Behrens 01-09-14 07:20 AM

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Originally Posted by vol (Post 16395613)
Well, in other words, you wouldn't even leave it out of sight! :)

For the most part, that's correct. I also and often ride solo. I ride into the local coffee shop and lean the bike against the wall outside. Along with maybe 20 other bikes, many of them more expensive than mine.

None of them locked to anything.

Like everyone else, I go inside and order, and perhaps use the restroom. During that brief period the bike is out of my sight. But I think there's a silent sorting and cataloging going on out there. I know I do it . . . that is, marking the appearance of each newly-arriving cyclist, then matching them to their bike. So there's that.

Or maybe it's just that tennis shoes don't work well with Speedplays . . .

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=358801

vol 01-09-14 02:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Duane Behrens (Post 16395824)
Like everyone else, I go inside and order, and perhaps use the restroom. During that brief period the bike is out of my sight.

I remember reading an angry victim's post on stolenbicycleregistry. He left his bike unlocked by the window outside a restaurant or coffee shop. He sat inside next to the window and just watched his bike being taken. He ran out to chase and yell, but the thief got away. You could be safe for 365x days but for one lucky thief.

dynaryder 01-09-14 06:13 PM

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Originally Posted by vol (Post 16396963)
I remember reading an angry victim's post on stolenbicycleregistry. He left his bike unlocked by the window outside a restaurant or coffee shop. He sat inside next to the window and just watched his bike being taken. He ran out to chase and yell, but the thief got away. You could be safe for 365x days but for one lucky thief.

I saw a dude in the cafe at Whole Foods once who was keeping an eye on his bike through the window. Thing is,the cafe is on the second level,and the bike was out in the parking garage. If someone would've grabbed it,he would've had to have run down a flight of steps,out into the garage,then up another flight of steps to get to where the bike was parked. And the thief would've had either an exit ramp or stairwell on the other side they could've used where he never would've gotten close to them. I don't believe anyone deserves to have a bike stolen,but my condolences for this guy would've been minimal.

vol 01-09-14 10:53 PM

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Originally Posted by dynaryder (Post 16397612)
Thing is,the cafe is on the second level

My first concern would be that he will not forget the circumstance in a moment of emergency and jump from the window ;)

trafficdancer 01-10-14 01:59 PM

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Let's just say that I subdued him until the police arrived.
Oooooh, say this part again. This is music to my ears. I'm gonna go get a drink and toast you, sir.

Nothing gets my blood up like bike theft.

Brannigan 01-10-14 02:22 PM

Seriously, I am so glad another one of those scum got caught! A car thief is a car thief but a BIKE THIEF? Ohhh yes, do not be mistaken world, us cyclists have a passion for our "whips" and our hard-earned lifestyles. */#%;! you bike thieves!!! To quote another's term use, I would use "extreme prejudice" in the reacquisition of my "whip" ...or anyone's bike for that matter! Big props to you man, hero stuff.


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