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    Was this a theft attempt on my bike?

    Anyone have an experience with this in NYC? I returned to my locked up bike, and found another lock on it! It was a huge padlock around my chain and bike frame. Extremely snug. However, I was able to unlock my locks and walk the bike home. I had to buy an angle grinder w/ a metal cutting blade ($50) to get the lock off.

    I've read that people steal bikes this way, only they normally attach the lock to something immovable to prevent people from doing what I did. Anyone with a similar experience? I've been locking my bike there for a while now, but am now afraid to do so. If this is a common prank or something people do when they're pissed off at cyclists - that would be one thing. I'd like to know before I lock up there again.

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    How interesting. Wonder if the goal was to force you to leave it overnight while searching for a solution. While that was happening, it would be stolen or stripped in the middle of the night.

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    If it was an attempt to immobilize your bike, it seems comically inept! Thief's gonna go broke buying locks....
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    Sorry you had to go through that. I would be pissed.

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    Probably is a theft attempt. By the dumbest bike crook on the planet. If you can change where you lock up it might help.
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    Thanks for the feedback. I'll lock it up elsewhere from now on

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    Wow. Glad you were able to get your bike home. I would have flipped. I hate having to leave my beater locked up for a couple of minutes when I run into the store.

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    A few possibilities for you to ponder:

    1) It was some sort of scam to rip off your bike but you took it home first and scuttled their plans;

    2) The where/when/how that you lock up your bike is annoying someone, for some reason, and they just sent you a message;

    3) Someone randomly found an unlocked padlock and chain and they just felt like screwing with you.

    In the end, since it's NYC, you'll never know the true answer but parking your bike in a different spot sounds like a good idea nonetheless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pug View Post
    A few possibilities for you to ponder:

    1) It was some sort of scam to rip off your bike but you took it home first and scuttled their plans;

    2) The where/when/how that you lock up your bike is annoying someone, for some reason, and they just sent you a message;

    3) Someone randomly found an unlocked padlock and chain and they just felt like screwing with you.

    In the end, since it's NYC, you'll never know the true answer but parking your bike in a different spot sounds like a good idea nonetheless.

    All of these would be typical NY

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    Try Spybike

    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    How interesting. Wonder if the goal was to force you to leave it overnight while searching for a solution. While that was happening, it would be stolen or stripped in the middle of the night.
    Sounds like someone was hoping you left your bike overnight so they could steal it. Buy yourself the anti thief device made by SPYBIKE Top Cap. it goes inside your Topcap no ones see it and you track the location of your stolen bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Msrush View Post
    Buy yourself the anti thief device made by SPYBIKE Top Cap. it goes inside your Topcap no ones see it and you track the location of your stolen bike.
    This is not an anti-theft device. This is a device to help recover the bike after a theft has occurred. Even their website states: "SPYBIKE is disguised to look like a normal topcap so the thief is unaware of its presence." If the thief is unaware, how will that prevent him from stealing the bike?

    Not saying SPYBIKE is bad, just that it is not going to do anything to prevent the theft of a bike. And all the GPS tracker is going to tell you is where the topcap is at. Wheels, saddle, bars, components could be far away from the topcap by the time you recover it.
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