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Old 05-08-14, 10:07 AM   #1
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Stolen bike alert - Queens/NYC

Hey folks, a friend parked his Bianchi hybrid on the sidewalk outside a corner store in our neighborhood (Jackson Heights), to run in for a second...and someone snatched his bike.





I know chances are slim to recover bikes but just putting it out there, in case you see it? It did NOT have the child seat attached, but he did have the chain wrapped up on it. No streamers, either, this photo was taken last New Year's.

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Old 05-09-14, 05:33 AM   #2
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Sorry to hear about that.

An easy way to prevent thefts like this is to strap your helmet around the wheel. This way the thief can't just hop on and ride away. It may not take long to unstrap the helmet, but it is unlikely the thief has it figured out in the few seconds you need. Or he'll fall flat on his face when he doesn't realize it's there.
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Good point, zacster. In lieu of having a lock, I have also heard people say to turn the bike upside down, loosen the wheel QR, take the seat or wheel inside, etc. Anything to slow the thief down, foul up their getaway or make them think twice about even going there.

Of course, using a sturdy lock is always best. I think my friend literally ran in for a few seconds and had the bad luck that someone was there, watching at that moment and seized the opportunity to be a criminal. We really don't live in a very bad neighborhood, crime-wise; I see people leaving unlocked bikes outside of stores fairly often here.
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Update: They got the bike back!

Spotted it chained up outside a local store, a few blocks away from where it was stolen.



Turns out a guy inside the store bought it on the street (with my friend's lock still chained up around the seat post) for $20. And then rode it with the chain on there and my friend's water bottle still in the cage.

Cops came and my friend didn't press charges in return for the bike back and the guy will work with the cops to try and catch the actual thief.

Bottom line - it never hurts to try and reunite bike with owner.

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Update: They got the bike back!

Spotted it chained up outside a local store, a few blocks away from where it was stolen.



Turns out a guy inside the store bought it on the street (with my friend's lock still chained up around the seat post) for $20.
Congratulations to you friend! However, how could one tell whether the guy indeed bought it on the street, or was the actual culprit himself?
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That's nothing short of a miracle in NYC.
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Be smart now & use Kryptonite NY standard U-lock around frame/rear whee plus locking skewers for the seat/front wheel.
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Yes, a miracle indeed. But not unheard of - just goes to show it can't hurt to try.
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Update: They got the bike back!

Spotted it chained up outside a local store, a few blocks away from where it was stolen.



Turns out a guy inside the store bought it on the street (with my friend's lock still chained up around the seat post) for $20.
He purchased a $600.00 bike for $20.00 dollars and it came with a lock the seller couldn't open? Come on! You should have pressed charges because the crook just got away and the police knew it. He'll just do it again but to someone else's bike.
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