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    Seeing bikes stolen/stolen bikes

    My city has high bike theft. Gradually as i start to value my bike more and more as an extention of me i find myself getting angrier an angrier at bikes being stolen and seeing people on stolen bikes.

    What do you guys do? I've had two instances in particular lately that have been making me wonder if i should have said something.

    Earlier today when i went to the grocery store i watched a security guard let 3 kids ride off on two unlocked bikes after they walked up shadily and he asked if they were his. When he let them ride off they looked back laughing and yelled 'ha boy these aint ours' to him and he smiled.

    Before that some days before i watched an older guy hop on a purple cannondale built for someone 5 foot 1 when he was pushing 6 to top it off the bars were flipped up leaving the brakes and index shifters in an impossible position to use well.

    both times i've found myself leaving agrivated, wishing i'd said something to at least defend that owners now lost bike

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    Good lookin out for your fellow bikers on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helloamerican View Post
    ...the bars were flipped up leaving the brakes and index shifters in an impossible position to use well.
    You mean like Bum Bars? Bums are not so picky when it comes to bikes that fit them. Granted I'm sure their bikes are originally stolen to begin with, but maybe it was really his?

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    savannah has a high rate of bike theft? who would've thought.


    you should try to organize a bike network of sorts in your town (if you don't already have one.)

    create a website or a message board, put flyers up around town, get in the newspaper and let cyclists know that there's a resource for them to post bike info, and stolen bike pictures, etc.

    do you guys have a co-op?
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    Um, maybe people should lock them up... Just a thought.
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    I foiled a bike theft the other night. was walking my girl home and there was a van parked across the street and a dude in it, and some clanging sound coming from what sounded like inside the van. we crossed over once we passed it, and looking back down the sidewalk I could see a guy ****ing with a bike locked to a rack. the van was parked shielding it from the street. I stopped and looked for a bit till I was sure what he was doing, then yelled "HEY!" real loud. the dude jumped back in the van and his buddy drove off immediately. I stopped by the bike and it was locked well but they had almost gotten away with the quick release wheel. I left a note on the bike telling them what happened and that it was a dumb place to lock up overnight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roscovalentine View Post
    Good lookin out for your fellow bikers on that.
    .... right.
    because i had someway to proove they wern't they're bikes i mean cut me some slack are you expecting i'd chase down 3 dudes on bikes?

    and yeah they were dumb for locking but doesn't it say a lot that we should have to lock up in the firstplace obviously somethings wrong.

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    You could invest in a taser.

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    Whenever I see a bike that I think is stolen I yell "hey that's my bike" either the person drops it, rides like mad, or says " no it's not"
    Not too much to say here

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddyfish View Post
    Whenever I see a bike that I think is stolen I yell "hey that's my bike" either the person drops it, rides like mad, or says " no it's not"
    totaly going to do this from now on.

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    Savannah stolen bikes

    I have a house in Savannah. We had two bikes stolen from Parkers down town, while we were inside. Luckily the cops caught them and we got our bikes back. But my brand new Raleigh "one way" was just stolen from my garage, and so pissed off I don't know what to do.

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    you could always put a tracker inside the frame?

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    what products are there for that sort of thing?

    I read another forums post about that and they seemed to say nothing was available that wasn't thousands of dollars or something

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmodo View Post
    what products are there for that sort of thing?
    Yeah, the only ones I've heard of are more law enforcement level things like Pegasus Technologies or Neroglobal. The latter was used by the local university campus to deter bike thefts using bait bikes. Not exactly DIY technology. There's some guy on instructables.com that demoed wiring a stun *** to a mobile phone to shock bike thiefs. Downside is you have to watch a video with him shirtless. Totally hideous.
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    who the hell doesnt lock their bike up??

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    i can't think of a situation where I'd have to lock up overnight


    i bring my bike inside wherever i go...even in my parents neighborhood where there is 0 theft...i don't leave it on the porch, i bring it inside the house

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    Put your foot through someone's teeth.
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    there isnt much you can do though if they're already on the bicycle

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    Quote Originally Posted by AfterThisNap View Post
    Put your foot through someone's teeth.
    **** YEA! thats my way of dealing with bike theifs.
    "they had almost gotten away with the quick release wheel."(i broke the quote)

    This it the reson my every day bikes all have nuts with lock washers on them you can get them tighter than ****, and chain big thick chain.

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    The OP is a friggin jackass. And yes I broke forum rules, you can ban me again now. But it deserved to be said.
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    U Locks have multiple uses.
    ftw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    The OP is a friggin jackass. And yes I broke forum rules, you can ban me again now. But it deserved to be said.
    feel better about yourself now?
    Last edited by helloamerican; 07-15-08 at 11:49 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helloamerican View Post
    Before that some days before i watched an older guy hop on a purple cannondale built for someone 5 foot 1 when he was pushing 6 to top it off the bars were flipped up leaving the brakes and index shifters in an impossible position to use well.
    Don't judge too harshly on that. Various situations have found me riding my girlfriend's bike around the city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by santaanna's leg View Post
    Don't judge too harshly on that. Various situations have found me riding my girlfriend's bike around the city.
    Me too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maddyfish View Post
    Whenever I see a bike that I think is stolen I yell "hey that's my bike" either the person drops it, rides like mad, or says " no it's not"
    The sole problem is that I'm 6'6" and anyone that knows anything about bike sizing could tell I'm lying.

    Sure, if they considered the fact that it could be a loaner bike or a gf bike then maybe it would work, but if they put that much thought in I'd doubt they're the bike stealing type anyway.
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