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    Your stolen bike

    Tell your best (and by best I mean worst) story of having a bike stolen. I mean the newest, most expensive, or most sentimental machine you've had ripped off and under what circumstances. I recently had one of mine stolen and I would feel better to know what kind of heartbreak others have suffered. Later we can all decide who's suffered the most.
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    i've only had one bike stolen and it was a cheap department store mountain bike that cost $75 new. that actually made it more maddening. who would bother to cut a u-lock for that?

    all i know was it sucked walking out of the movie, getting ready to ride home, and there was no bike. i looked around like an idiot before i realized that someone took it. i wish them a horrible death.

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    bike stealing is bad, but after seeing "the bicycle thief", i now think it's really sad, too.

    that movie's sad as ****.
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    my custom celmins road bike, the one i won the bulk of my races on, was stolen from the basement of my work where i had it locked up.

    i LOVED that bike like no other, and the worst part was it's irreplaceable; i had to beg him to come out of retirement to build it, and he hasn't built another one since.

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    Yeah, that was my favorite part of having my ride stolen- walking around by the bike rack like an idiot for a few minutes wondering, "Where the h*ll did i leave that thing?" I just had the sensation the whole time that the guy who stole it was watching from somewhere laughing. I'd murder him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dolface
    my custom celmins road bike, the one i won the bulk of my races on, was stolen from the basement of my work where i had it locked up.

    i LOVED that bike like no other, and the worst part was it's irreplaceable; i had to beg him to come out of retirement to build it, and he hasn't built another one since.

    wow....that is awful.
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    House broken into. Dog poisoned. My custom built mountain bike....my Dura-Ace road bike....my roommates 2 mountain bikes. And they smashed the cedar strip canoe one of my roommates was building. All told about $25,000 in property lost and damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by humancongereel
    bike stealing is bad, but after seeing "the bicycle thief", i now think it's really sad, too.

    that movie's sad as ****.
    Good point. That was a great film indeed. Highly recommended.
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    My bike was stolen..... for 15-25 seconds.

    Bruno almost made me cry at the end..... italian neo-realism is the ultra-sad.

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    not exactly a stolen bike story, but might make you laugh.


    So when I was like 13 I was really into BMX, and there was this BMX parkish thing in Scituate (South shore of massachusetts). Just a bunch of dirt jumps that people made. One night at like 2 am i decided I really, really wanted to ride. My bike was in the back of my parents car, so I grabbed it and I went out.

    Around like 3:30 I get this spot light shined on me and a cop asked me what I was doing, ridiculous. I explained to him I was riding, since I was 13 he wanted me to go with him, so I put my bike in his cruiser and got in. He took me to the station, had me leave my bike in the garage of the station then dropped me off.

    The next morning I was woken up by my parents and they were like someone stole your bike out of our car! I was like what the ****, they were like we called the cops. The cop showed up at the door bike in hand and they were like....what the ****...to say the least I was grounded.

    Not that that really has any relevance, but I thought it was funny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cavernmech
    House broken into. Dog poisoned. My custom built mountain bike....my Dura-Ace road bike....my roommates 2 mountain bikes. And they smashed the cedar strip canoe one of my roommates was building. All told about $25,000 in property lost and damage.
    Ladies and gentlemen we have a winner. Good thing no one was killed. Sorry about the poor mutt man; that's really cold-blooded.
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    damn cavernmech. sorry to hear that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavernmech
    Dog poisoned.
    that's way too wrong.

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    i had the frame i bought with my disability payments from breaking my arm in the trunk of my friends car, and the car got stolen while eating breakfast on my birthday. They found the car a week later though and the frame was still there. Its the stan miles in my sig.

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    wow, that'd be a ****ty bike to lose, 128.

    cavernmech...yeah...wow...bike stolen...dog poisoned...that's cruel. was the culprit drawn and quartered? please say yes.
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    yea i was in a pretty foul mood the week it was awol. Hope they caught the guy who did that **** to cavernmech...

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    I had an all-chrome Haro BMX in high school. I left it locked to a handrail in the most populous area of the school for a few hours. When I returned, the seat, post, pedals, CRANKS (ashtabula-style crap!), bar/stem/lever and fork were gone.

    I was heartbroken as it was my only form of transportation besides the crucially flawed bus system in the area (Santa Cruz). I just sat there for a while imagining the scene as a little crew stripped piece by piece off my crappy mass-market bike in full view of a quad full of students.

    Eyewitnesses told me, "oh yeah, sorry man, I didn't wanna say nothin' 'cause those guys were some hard-ass gangbangers..". Thanks, guys. I wonder what the faculty's excuse was.

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    Hard-ass gangbangers carry crank pullers?

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    Cavernmech, sorry to hear of your loss, did your dog survive? That's the saddest story yet. I'd rather lose all my bikes than my dog.

    Once as a teen, I was working the last shift in a dart booth at our church fair. We were collecting cash and I noticed my partner was pocketing some! When our shift was over this loser went out behind the booth to get his bike but it was gone! I loved it. Probably the most fitting stolen bike story.
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    I had someone try to steal my bike once. it was u-locked through the front wheel & downtube to a bike rack. the wannabe thief thought they could break the lock by pulling on the rear wheel & using the bike as leverage. instead they bent the entire bike into a semi-circle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slodo
    Ladies and gentlemen we have a winner. Good thing no one was killed. Sorry about the poor mutt man; that's really cold-blooded.
    Unless I'm mistaken it sounds like his dog was killed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rvabiker
    Hard-ass gangbangers carry crank pullers?
    Nah, these were one-piece cast bmx jobbies. One of the "highlights" of the design is you can pull 'em apart with just a big adjustable wrench. The crank and bottom bracket spindle are one piece, they just come right out when you remove the bb cups.

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    this is back in houston tejas, anyways in my neighborhood it was all high-class, large boulevards, friendly po-lice and the like. So, i bike to school, leaving my garage door open 'cause im a 12 year old with no attention span, and when i get back home later on in the day, my grandma (who sat at home all day) asked me why our worker was cleaning out the garage, of course i was clueless, our worker had a broken leg and wouldnt be working for a while.

    i look outside and find some ******* emptying our garage of everything (including non-valuables like cleaning supplies) including my dads pricey/priceless gold bianchi dual suspension mountainbike....i think it was one of the first they made

    sure enough, called the cops and he got arrested in our back yard.....too bad i still got grounded for leaving the effing door open

    not so sad....i wanted to kill him though

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    I've only ever had a bike stolen once. I was in 6th grade or so and had a really bright neon yellow Huffy 10 speed that I used to tear around the neighborhood on. I would frequently ride it 1/10 mile from my house to the bus stop in the morning to save walking time (I've always been a perpetually late person and probably always will be). At the bus stop, I would stash the bike in the woods next to the road and ride it back home in the afternoon.

    I started to leave it for a few days when I got a ride home or something and didn't feel like going out to get it. One time I left it there for a week or two and when I looked for it next, it was gone. This was probably fall, so the foliage was thinning out and the bike could be seen from the road if you looked carefully. I guess someone decided the bike was abandoned for long enough and liberated it for me. Not a huge loss, since it was just a hardware store Huffy and I was riding it less and less for whatever reason, but it was a bit difficult to explain to my parents.

    You guys have all got me beat. Now that I have a bike I've put some money into (fixed road conversion with new wheelset, drivetrain, cranks, bars, etc.) I picked up a Kryptonite evoluton mini U lock and try to lock it up outside as little as is reasonably possible. It comes up to my cube with me at work, hides in the back of the photo department at school, and stays in the basement or front hallway at home. I even lock it to my bike rack if I leave it racked up on the car for any amount of time in public.
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    - could someone please steal my 15.5-inch Marin comfort bike? my LBS sold me a too-small bike and the only way i can replace it is to have it removed from my possession...

    - tks in advance... i'll leave it unchained outside my local supermarket...

    :-)

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