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Old 08-21-04, 04:11 PM   #1
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Holy Crap Man

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Stories about my bikes and theives....

Toronto is arguably the bike theft capitol of the world, at one point, 14,000 bicycles/yr were stolen on U of T campus alone. I've had six bikes stolen. Police are useless. Need someone to eat a donut, call a cop, otherwise...

I tried expensive bike locks- no good, and guess what? that Kryptonite warranty is all BS. It's even excluded from Toronto, as is all insurance.

I tried daily riding on a crap $40 bike, it was stolen overnight while locked to a wood fence, they actually cut down the fence to steal it.

My last two bikes were stolen in front of a security station on campus, one was stolen on video, the cop's response: "oh that guy again".

In 2000, the Toronto police ran a sting operation by leaving a bike against a wall in Cabbagetown -they got 23 people in two hours. they had to stop the sting operation due to the paperwork.

To ride in T.O., you need to put silicone glue in all the allen bolt heads of your bike, weld parts to the frame or the parts will be stolen. Front wheels have to be removed and locked to the frame, at least two locks are required, cable locks. U-locks have been broken with liquid nitrogen and a hammer, or pryed with a car jack. Often, frames can be seen tied to poles, bike stands, stripped completely. There are shops that sell these bikes and parts, no one cares.

Now I ride to work and put the bike in my office. My boss did this in 1994, someone came into his office and stole his bike. He bought another, except he now locked the bike to his desk leg. One week later, at 11 am, someone came into his office, sawed off the leg and took the new bike. A week after that, a truck stopped in front of the medical school at U of T and three men dislodged the entire bike stand and stole ~80 bikes at once into the truck, still locked to the stand. U of T's crack security police was foiled again by this devious plan of geniuses.

In 1993, there was a police report in the Toronto Star of a man found in High park at 5am tied to a tree , with bike tools, his pants down and frame pump up his rectum. He said he was jumped and mugged, but he still had his wallet. The police concluded he was a bike thief caught by the wrong victim. I say this is just about the right punishment, except I would have used a cassette wrench.

This is in contrast to North Carolina, where I could leave a bike unlocked anywhere. No one cared, few people even rode bikes, too much effort.

In a Willliam Gibson novel, he wrote of a bike anti-theft device that was a large capacitor charged by riding, set as a booby trap to zap a thief-he said he got this idea while in Toronto.

You could easily steal bikes all day and never get caught. Steal one car and the T.O. police will chase you down on a crowded street, endanger public, and likely shoot you dead.
NOW IM FRIKING PISSED. FOR ONCE MY PARENTS ARE GONNA LET ME GET A GOOD BIKE AND NOW IM AT A FRIKING DEAD END. IF THIS IS TRUE....DAMMIT! RASHEED...HAVE YOU GOTTEN THESE PROBLEMS? DOES ANYONE BELIEVE THIS? ANY T.O. PPL HERE LOSE THEIR BIKES??

Sorry mods...I just had to have an output w/out my parents yellin at me or getting looks from people outside.
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Old 08-21-04, 04:37 PM   #2
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Toronto = major stolen bikes
Vancouver = major stolen cars

Simple rule, don't use the good bike around town. It is REALLY easy to not get bikes stolen.
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Old 08-21-04, 04:43 PM   #3
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Yah, this is why I ride my 6 year old beater to school. My stumpy doesn't leave my sight. (except when in my LOCKED garage)
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Old 08-21-04, 05:36 PM   #4
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I hate it 4 U Dude.... That's why I'll always live in the country..... Cities are for Losers & Sin, nothin else.... I often leave my Xterra running when going into the store, and rarely lock shiit up.... Like I said, I hate it 4 U, but that's part of the city life, huh?
 
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wen i get my p2 im gunna ride it to high school but i dont think 98% of the people know a good bike from something at target let alone have something that could brake my lock cable and i live in so. cal
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Old 08-21-04, 06:49 PM   #6
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i havenít had any problems with my bikes being stolen. although i know someone who had his garage broken into and had a frame he was building up stolen.

i think that guy who wrote that articleís exaggerating a bit, but there are a lot of bikes stolen here. and the thieves are kinda ghetto too... theyíll steal anything with two wheelís on it. iíve passed through some of the ghetto neighbourhoods here in toronto like jane&finch, regentís park, flemingdon park, etc. and iíve seen guys Ė now i mean grown men Ė riding around on little kiddie bikes that were stolen. they don't care hah.

that said, like i said in the other thread, it depends on what part of town youíre in. iíve left my bike outside in my back yard a number of times and its never been stolen. all my brotherís beater bikes are outside in the back yard all year round... sun or snow. i usually store my bike in the basement where iíd be ďsafeĒ, but occassionally iíll leave it out if itís too dirty to bring in and iím too lazy to clean it off. or if iím just too tired to carry the bike down the stairs.

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It really isn't an overexageration. TO is/was bad for bike thefts. Although the stats are outdates and things have gotten better (th thieves realized the expensive bikes are out here)...
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damn i understand how you might be feeling ,but that thread by doc ray got funnier and funnier to ridculous. But i think its true though. Never leave your bike out of sight just ride it for trails.
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My dad had an old fixed gear puegeut and someone took a gun to the master lock so we heard it and my dad went outside but as he started riding away he decided to pedal backwards and backed into our car and fell. He just ran off and left the bike. I was watching it the whole time from my bedroom window and couldnt stop laughing.
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that one where the bike was locked to the desk leg and he sawed off the leg is kinda stupid...all the guy had to do was lift up the leg and slip the lock off the bottom..unless its a huge desk
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Old 08-22-04, 07:32 PM   #11
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Err, Backpedal=Go back? You have a mighty unique mahcine there. Did you steal it from the olympics?
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Did anyone else do the math on that 14,000 stolen bikes per year? 38 bikes every day, come on.
There are 3 kinds of people in this world, those that understand math, and those that don't.
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What a coincidence. I was walking to a friend's apartment today, and I noticed his bike chained up out front...part of it at least. No wheels, no seat or post, no brakes, no fork, no stem, no handlebars, no cables, no skewers. The bastards did leave the reflectors and kickstand. The friend was definitely bummed, although it was only a Costco Motiv. I'm sure all of the parts have been converted in meth by now.
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Did anyone else do the math on that 14,000 stolen bikes per year? 38 bikes every day, come on.
There are 3 kinds of people in this world, those that understand math, and those that don't.
No I hadn't read that. I actually skimmed it and missed the point of it being on the uot campus, which I now disbelieve the stats.

14,000 bike a year in TO I don't think is unreasonable. I know of a few trucks stolen which contained LOTS of bikes a couple of years ago. But either way I can;t see that number being done on one campus.
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No I hadn't read that. I actually skimmed it and missed the point of it being on the uot campus, which I now disbelieve the stats.

14,000 bike a year in TO I don't think is unreasonable. I know of a few trucks stolen which contained LOTS of bikes a couple of years ago. But either way I can;t see that number being done on one campus.
see. told you so... haha. j/k.

for real though, the university campuses around toronto are prime targets for bike thieves - especially UofT's st. george (downtown) campus. so i do believe there are a lot of thefts, but the number sounded a bit exaggerated to me... not to mention some of the stories the guy mentioned (i.e., the boss getting his bike stolen out of his office ).
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Did anyone else do the math on that 14,000 stolen bikes per year? 38 bikes every day, come on.
There are 3 kinds of people in this world, those that understand math, and those that don't.

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Old 08-23-04, 11:24 AM   #17
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LOL

psyklnut You sure are a nut. Eheheheh.
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