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Tyestick 01-10-14 04:22 PM

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Originally Posted by trafficdancer (Post 16399832)
Oooooh, say this part again. This is music to my ears. I'm gonna go get a drink and toast you, sir.

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Originally Posted by trafficdancer (Post 16399832)


Nothing gets my blood up like bike theft.



Thanks boss. Theft is theft. I don't take kindly to being stolen from.




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Originally Posted by Brannigan (Post 16399903)
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.




I spent a few years in Portland, OR and never had issues with bike thieves, and cycling is much more prominent in Portland than here in SoCal. Like I said though, there's sharks in the water no matter where you go. Thanks for the props though; but I certainly wouldn't go so far to call it 'hero stuff'. :)

I'm just taking back what was rightfully mine. I've got a huge heart, and I'd give someone the shirt off my back if they needed it; it's just the type of person I am. If you steal from me though, well... Yep.



I hate thieves.

tmallen 01-12-14 10:49 PM

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Originally Posted by double_stuf (Post 16395513)
get a beater for your china-mart slumming trips

If it rides, somebody will steal it, given the opportunity.

CB HI 01-13-14 08:13 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,

And anyone who does not wear a bullet proof vest, deserves to get shot.:crash:

claystevens 01-15-14 12:01 AM

Brave bro. Nice jobs, I hate these bicycle thieves!
Thumb up for you

Condorita 01-23-14 07:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Tyestick (Post 16389157)

40 pounds of chains… Just what I was trying to avoid. LOL



I figure, if someone wants the bike bad enough, there's not going to be much that you can do to stop them. The tool that he had on hand, was a simple pair of gardening sheers. Made me sick to the stomach when I saw the cutters.



Thanks boss.
This happened at the Buena Park Mall. Southern California.

I thought your mention in the OP of a WallyWorld right next door to a gym sounded suspiciously familiar!

bbbean 01-23-14 10:45 PM

There ought to be an extra penalty for steling a Defy! That's a sweet ride!

Homebrew01 01-24-14 06:59 AM

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Originally Posted by tmallen (Post 16405817)
If it rides, somebody will steal it, given the opportunity.

Yes, but at least you're only out $100 instead of $1500. I wouldn't use my nice bike if I had to leave it unattended.

jowilson 01-25-14 06:01 PM


Jax Rhapsody 01-25-14 08:52 PM

The thing about cable locks is they figure the weapon of choice is bolt cutters, thus the "loseness" of a cable wont. be easily cut. Iitll have too much give, yet done properly can be cut with bolt cutters, hell wire cutters will do the job. Bike theives tend ti work quickly and generally carry simple tools. a cable lock can be cut quickly.

Premise of the new york chain- the square links; the surface areas dont permit your standard theift sized bolt cutters the 14in and smaller to cut them. They can't cut through so much face. Quickly and quietly, portable ritary tolls make too much noise.

U-locks have been proven hardest to break considering time and tools. Even the three fasest ways are time and effort, and possibly loudness. Now, those new ball bearing style "cables" I dont know. I do. know unless the ballbaering lick is stronger, the u-lock is our best at defense.

MEversbergII 01-27-14 07:13 PM

Maybe we should make them out of braided Bowden cable :lol:

I'm going to look into this ball bearing cable. First I've heard.

M.

Fastfingaz 01-27-14 07:32 PM

How did that guy make the determination that , that bike was OK to steal???? on the video,,,,

katsrevenge 01-27-14 07:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Fastfingaz (Post 16445731)
How did that guy make the determination that , that bike was OK to steal???? on the video,,,,

Looked like a bent wheel and leaves piled up all over it. Had been there a while.

It actually looks like a few bikes that have been chained to this sign a few blocks away for months... or that one that was cut off a fence by a town worker. Not saying I agree with him, but it was a funny video.

Tyestick 01-28-14 08:21 PM

I watched the video as well, and I don't approve of taking a bike that belongs to someone else. Period. Let the city deal with it. So what if it's been chained for months at a time... Call the city and inform them. Just because a bike has been neglected doesn't give a person the right to cut the lock and claim it as theirs.

Jax Rhapsody 01-28-14 08:57 PM

around here if they are abandoned which only happens if they are parted, they are fair game. Like say a wheel or wheels are stolen, the owner abandons the bike, thusly in two weeks, rarely longer, theres nothing left but a frame. Thats only if it isn't ulocked.

I talked to a guy who at the time left his bike near his job and coulnt get it, his wheels and seat were stolen so he said eff it and left it for the scavengers.

Samfujiabq 01-28-14 09:11 PM

I know it's been said so many times,but all law abiding would applaud your apprehension of this creep!So I'll join in just to say job well done!

Vintage_Cyclist 01-30-14 01:32 PM

In general, bike theft is a minor nuisance to the criminal justice system and not given any real attention. 99% of victims receive no real justice or restitution, even when an arrest is made. Jail time for such petty offenses is rare.

If some people put out a decoy bike in a high theft area then waited to ambush anyone cutting the lock and kicking their ass, I really wouldn't have a problem with it. There's something to be said for corporal punishment!

TakingMyTime 01-30-14 08:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Vintage_Cyclist (Post 16453881)
In general, bike theft is a minor nuisance to the criminal justice system and not given any real attention. 99% of victims receive no real justice or restitution, even when an arrest is made. Jail time for such petty offenses is rare.

That's pretty much it. No matter how much we'd like to see him thrown in solitary... They'll take him to the station, write down his name and let him go.

j814wong 02-01-14 07:47 PM

I wish I lived in such a place that I could leave my bike outside a store without a lock and know for a fact that it would never be stolen.

2manybikes 02-01-14 09:36 PM

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Originally Posted by j814wong (Post 16460042)
I wish there was such a place that I could leave my bike outside a store without a lock and know for a fact that it would never be stolen. Of course there isn't.

Fixed for reality. :)

MEversbergII 02-01-14 09:41 PM

I see that pretty frequently around here, but these are largely wallyworld "MTB's" with busted brake cables or BMX bikes with busted cables.

M.

bigfred 02-01-14 09:50 PM

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Originally Posted by j814wong (Post 16460042)
I wish I lived in such a place that I could leave my bike outside a store without a lock and know for a fact that it would never be stolen.

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Originally Posted by 2manybikes (Post 16460330)
Fixed for reality. :)

Oh, ye of little faith. I've had the opportunity to live in or travel to some small communities where you can do exactly that. I lived in one small town of about 5,000 where I rented a room in a house to which no one including the property owner had the front door key, and another room from a woman who panic'ed when I said I would lock the door since we were both going to be gone over a weekend, because she didn't know where her key was. I routinely left my keys in the car while I ran into grocery, without any losses. I've also had the joy of visiting some of the South Pacific islands where none of the inhabitants have doors nor windows on their dwellings. Some, have TVs and Satellite dishes. Some don't. But you don't have to worry about your stuff going missing. And in the event that a cruiser is careless enough to not secure their dinghy properly and it goes adrift, it'll be returned along with a lesson on how to better secure your belongings against loss to mother nature.

Some of the stories of accidently acquired property from those places are absolutely entertaining.

yugyug 02-04-14 11:15 PM

In Japan its very common to leave bikes unlocked. If they are locked, its often with the on-bike kind which lock the back wheel only, so it can be still picked up and walked away by lifting up the rear tyre. (The keys on these locks can only be removed when the bike is locked, and I have heard that in the case of theft possession of the key can be used as proof that the bike was locked when left, but I doubt it happens much). When I lived in Tokyo though, I locked my bike out of habit, but also because I liked to leave my bike anywhere convenient, but this is not allowed and the city council workers have the right to remove any bike not left in a designated parking spot. Happened to me once, and I had to go a big storage cage outside the city and prove ownership. Typically for Japan, this is considered very shameful, lol.

The weird thing though, given how rare bike theft is, was the one time I did a female friend a favour and went to collect her bike which had been left out on the street (too drunk to ride home) and I found it with her saddle missing! Odd for Tokyo I thought. It was many years later that this mystery was solved: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/08/2...-bike-saddles/

DrewKD 02-05-14 12:49 AM

I caught a bike thief on my home security cameras. I printed out his picture and scoured the neighborhood looking for signs of him or my bike. I found a suspicious house and confronted the woman there with the picture in hand. She said that she's never seen the guy. I could tell she was lying so I came back another time and sure enough he was sitting on the front porch. I called the cops and he was arrested for grand theft. I got my back bike plus restitution. The woman was his mother. This happened in Pasadena and had I not done all of the police work myself the cops never would have lifted a finger.

Northwestrider 02-07-14 06:03 PM

I bring my bike inside the store. IMO inside store security cameras would deter all but the most drugged out thief.

Tyestick 12-04-14 10:34 PM

Small update,


'Mr. Scumbag' was convicted on all counts. Pled guilty, and was handed a felony conviction, and ordered to serve 180 days in jail.

What he was charged with:

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c5...psba90ab16.jpg


What I use to lock my bike with now:

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c5...ps94eef23d.jpg


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