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Old 07-13-11, 01:06 AM   #1
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Bike stolen at STP beer garden

My wife did the STP last weekend. She finished in one day and went to the beer garden with her friends around 8:20pm. She put her bike down with the hundreds of others there. 45 minutes later she came back and her bike was gone.

It was a Cervelo R3 that we'd just upgraded to a DuraAce drivetrain.

Any leads, ideas or just sympathy would be appreaciated.
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Old 07-13-11, 03:40 AM   #2
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No leads, but very sorry to hear. That completely sucks. Start checking craigslist. There were definitely some non-bike characters roaming around the festival when I rolled in at 8:45.
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Old 07-13-11, 05:06 AM   #3
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Sorry to have the joy you and your wife must have felt in doing the STP in a day, dampened by some jerk/thief.
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Holy crap! That's not a $150 bike, either! Sorry to hear about your wife's loss. Ouch.

Keep an eye on Craigslist, and look for individual parts, not just the whole bike.

People told me I was paranoid when I refused to let my bike out of my sight at or after the Chilly Hilly. They said no one would be stupid enough to steal a bike at an event like this, or from the ferry. For whatever it's worth, your experience will keep my eyes on my bike.
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Old 07-13-11, 05:28 PM   #5
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That blows, so sorry to hear this. Portland is really bad for bike theft, can never be too careful with a nice bike like that. Bike Portland. com has a stolen bike registry, you might make a free posting there too http://bikeportland.org/cats/stolenbikes it's worth a try. I hope your insurance covers the loss.
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Very sorry to hear that.

Its strange that I made a comment about this reality on Sunday after I finished the STP. There were literally hundreds of multi-thousand $ bikes leaning against trees/tables/fences/portapottis - all unlocked. I commented that if I wanted to steal a high-end bike the scenario is perfect. Happy and distracted owners and bikes literally falling out of the trees.

The UW start line was the same scenario too - I locked my Roubaix in the cab of my truck until go time.

Fingers crossed you get some justice.
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Old 07-13-11, 06:32 PM   #7
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I'm so sorry to hear about the theft. I always wanted to live in a place where I didn't have to lock my bike up, then I took a job in Lubbock, TX and decided to be careful what I wish for in the future.
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Seriously, maybe the STP organizers should consider a Bicycle Valet service at the starting/ending points. They could even make a few bucks off of it, charging a small fee. If I had an expensive bike, I'd be willing to pay a couple of bucks to have it looked after at the celebration end of the ride.
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Sorry to hear this. I have almost the same bike... a Cervelo R3 w/Dura Ace... and I have been a bit on the "paranoid" side when leaving it unattended at the STP finish line. I guess my fears aren't entirely unfounded.
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Not much sympathy for leaving a nice bike unguarded. What was she thinking? Probably just what Homer would be thinking.......Beer!
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Seriously, maybe the STP organizers should consider a Bicycle Valet service at the starting/ending points. They could even make a few bucks off of it, charging a small fee. If I had an expensive bike, I'd be willing to pay a couple of bucks to have it looked after at the celebration end of the ride.
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There was a bike corral at the Doubletree that anyone could use. I remember seeing mention of it in the ride guide, but it wasn't very prominent.
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My wife did the STP last weekend. She finished in one day and went to the beer garden with her friends around 8:20pm. She put her bike down with the hundreds of others there. 45 minutes later she came back and her bike was gone.

It was a Cervelo R3 that we'd just upgraded to a DuraAce drivetrain.

Any leads, ideas or just sympathy would be appreaciated.
Sympathy and anger are all I got. Stole your nice bike from a BEER fest. Oh, the humanity!
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Old 07-20-11, 11:51 AM   #14
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Not much sympathy for leaving a nice bike unguarded. What was she thinking? Probably just what Homer would be thinking.......Beer!
I agree! I lock my bike up always. Or have a paw on it at all times in public. Yet, even so, a thief will find a way no matter what! However, an easy pickings bike is the better choice, no lock, no bother!

I am sorry for the rider's loss. It's almost like having one's child kidnapped. Well, maybe not quite! Depends on the character of the kid. Some might even say good riddance.
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Seriously, maybe the STP organizers should consider a Bicycle Valet service at the starting/ending points. They could even make a few bucks off of it, charging a small fee. If I had an expensive bike, I'd be willing to pay a couple of bucks to have it looked after at the celebration end of the ride.
For what it's worth, I'd take my bike with me or skip the event before I left it with a valet, even a free one: "Oh, look at that. I left my bike with you, and now there's a crack in my $3,000 frame."
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For what it's worth, I'd take my bike with me or skip the event before I left it with a valet, even a free one: "Oh, look at that. I left my bike with you, and now there's a crack in my $3,000 frame."


Too funny! If that's not taken advantage of the system, I don't know what is!!!
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My wife did the STP last weekend. She finished in one day and went to the beer garden with her friends around 8:20pm. She put her bike down with the hundreds of others there. 45 minutes later she came back and her bike was gone.

It was a Cervelo R3 that we'd just upgraded to a DuraAce drivetrain.

Any leads, ideas or just sympathy would be appreaciated.
That sucks that it was stolen but come on, do you leave your wallet with $5,000 of cash laying on the ground when you take a dip in the pool?
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