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    Stolen Bike Stories

    Hey guys, I woke up this morning to find my bike stolen from under my nose.

    My IRO Mark V frame, with rd2 cranks, mavic wheels, etc etc (800ish in total cost) was stolen right outside my door (we live alone on the 2nd floor of a house, have to go through the house's locked front door, up the winding stairs, and look into the hidden landing to see it) despite it being locked to the stair railing.

    Of course I called the police, who told me to mail them a form (quick response time huh) and contacted all bike stores and pawn shops in the area to look out for it, but I know the chances are slim I'll ever see it again.

    (if you live in the Madison, Wisconsin area, look out for a 50cm Iro Mark V fixed gear, bull horns, right pedal missing its cage, silver mavic rims)

    Basically, I need some cheering up. Misery loves company so post what bike you got stolen.

    Also, suggest a new build, 500~ bucks give or take. I guess im in the market for a new bike.

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    Bummer.
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    you should have just stopped riding so you could focus on color coordination

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    That really sucks, sounds like you were specifically targeted.
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    I had my old mountain bike stolen from my front porch. Got really angry and kept my eye open, I live in a town of ~85,000 people and very few bike due to the city being built across a big hill. After a month or two, I see someone riding my bike... I think, this guy is in for a world of hurt (bike anger consumes me) then I realize that the person on it is a tweaker (does/did meth) and ex-marine and a friend of a friend's friend. I pull up next to him and let him know that he has my bike and that I will be in touch. I get a hold of him the next day and give him 24 hours to return it or the cops are going to be involved (figuring that the guy has a record and is probably holding and will freak out a little). Well, he says he will drop it off... never does, I get the word out that I need to find him... a couple hours later, I get a call, track him down, he plays it all cool that he just found it (turns out that he ended up at an after-bar at our house the night it was stolen and wasn't too welcome...) and won't give me his address to pick it up. Finally he gives me rough directions to the block that he lives on and I walk through all the nearby alleys till I find it and take it back.

    I spent about $150 to get it back in working order (was totally trashed) and it was the bike that really got me into commuting and trying to be as car-free as possible.


    edit:

    My other bike getting stolen story:

    Got beat down and my bike & bag were stolen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianjk View Post
    edit:

    My other bike getting stolen story:

    Got beat down and my bike & bag were stolen.
    not a 2ksuck'r

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    I have one of those "left it on the porch for 5 minutes" stories.

    I stopped by my place to drop off some groceries before I went to a friend's house. Since I was just going to be inside long enough to put the foodz up, I figured the bike would be fine unlocked on the back porch. I get back out there and, of course, it's gone. I'm kind of pissed, but at the same time I'm not too worried because it was the 30 dollar crap SS conversion. 2 weeks later, I see a friendly local crackhead riding it, so I follow him. He leaves it unlocked on the front porch of a friendly local crackhouse, and I sneak up and give him a taste of the old eye for an eye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ianjk View Post
    My other bike getting stolen story:

    Got beat down and my bike & bag were stolen.
    Where?!

    I think the second story needs more detail then the first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crushkilldstroy View Post
    and I sneak up and give him a taste of the old eye for an eye.
    Does "eye for an eye" mean driving off pulling drunken scooter wheelies before getting laid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NitroPye View Post
    Does "eye for an eye" mean driving off pulling drunken scooter wheelies before getting laid?
    Of course.

    I should probably close out the story too. I took the bike home, had sex with the girlfriend I had at the time, then had sex with all of your mothers, then went back to the crackhouse and traded the bike for some crack.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jacquie Phelan
    Until mountain biking came along, the bike scene was ruled by a small elite cadre of people who seemed allergic to enthusiasm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crushkilldstroy View Post
    Of course.

    I should probably close out the story too. I took the bike home, had sex with the girlfriend I had at the time, then had sex with all of your mothers, then went back to the crackhouse and traded the bike for some crack.
    ill admit im a sap

    but this ending is so beautiful that im all teared up
    not a 2ksuck'r

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    not a good story but stupid me didnt lock up my mountain bike in my back yard. next day it is missing along with a leaf blower and some other power tools!

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    My first brand new bike was a Diamond Back Viper back in 7th grade. My little brother got an identical bike as well. We had just moved to an apartment in Berkeley and my Mom insisted we lock them up outside with our "inpenetrable" Kryptonite locks while we visited my Dad for the weekend in Sacramento. I get a call from my Mom on Saturday letting me know that the bikes were "stripped". My brother and I came home to nothing but frame and cranks Kryptonited to 4x4 posts. I had the bike a total of 2 weeks.

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    about 6 years ago i built up the bmx of my dreams and it got stolen. i was so bummed i didnt buy another bike for 5 years.

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    I had a IRO Jamie Roy stolen outta my driveway a couple months back. Woke up one morning to goto work and it just wasn't there. Had to bus it for a while till I got a new bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NitroPye View Post
    Where?!

    I think the second story needs more detail then the first.
    Duluth, MN

    Was walking my bike after bar close (not stumbling or anything) and got strong-armed by a guy hiding behind a tree, he got me with a full-speed running punch between my eyes, then proceeded to beat me down after I was down for the count... I came to with him pounding on me, but knocked him off and ran away (a couple weeks prior a man was beaten to death for his booze and a couple weeks prior on of my friends got jumped for her purse)... My nose got broken into my eye sockets and the police were complete efin "D"s to me. I freak out around cops now (like cold sweat and intense anxiety), but don't mind riding at night/alone.

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    Someone stole my tall bike off my porch one night... It was locked up too.

    Seems like a weird thing to steal since i could barely even get up onto it. So someone who's at least as tall as me must be getting some use out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minivandriveby View Post
    My first brand new bike was a Diamond Back Viper back in 7th grade. My little brother got an identical bike as well. We had just moved to an apartment in Berkeley and my Mom insisted we lock them up outside with our "inpenetrable" Kryptonite locks while we visited my Dad for the weekend in Sacramento. I get a call from my Mom on Saturday letting me know that the bikes were "stripped". My brother and I came home to nothing but frame and cranks Kryptonited to 4x4 posts. I had the bike a total of 2 weeks.
    she woiuldn't let you keep your bikes inside? i rarely lock outside for a matter of hours, let alone days. you just don't do that if you care about your bikes, and anyone who pretends to care about you should let you do what you need to do to take care of the things you care about.
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    144 bcd 3/32" 49t sugino track chainring, possibly 75.

    want: risers, light, stiff, 1", black if that can be
    144 bcd 46t or 47t chainring any kind or width

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    Quote Originally Posted by spacehippo View Post
    Someone stole my tall bike off my porch one night... It was locked up too.

    Seems like a weird thing to steal since i could barely even get up onto it. So someone who's at least as tall as me must be getting some use out of it.
    edit: just read the bumshuffle thread. hi, nate.
    have:ea50 flats, black, light, stiff.
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    want: risers, light, stiff, 1", black if that can be
    144 bcd 46t or 47t chainring any kind or width

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    hello Ian, I thought I told you this was me?

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    oh. maybe. i forget a lot of things.
    have:ea50 flats, black, light, stiff.
    144 bcd 3/32" 49t sugino track chainring, possibly 75.

    want: risers, light, stiff, 1", black if that can be
    144 bcd 46t or 47t chainring any kind or width

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    I had a junky old Phillips 3-speed cruiser that I got for $10 at a yard sale. I used it for errands around the neighborhood, and I usually never locked it, because I just didn't care. It was heavy as a boat, and considerably janky, so I left it on the side of my house, rather than drag it inside every day. One day, I was leaving for work and it was gone. I was kind of bummed, but not too broken up, because this wasn't exactly my prize pig.

    So months pass, and I basically forgot about it. One day, I was walking the dog, and coming home through the alleyway, when I noticed that my bike is in the neighbor's backyard, about ten houses down from me. I put the dog in the cage, walked back down to their house, and rode my bike home. It was basically as I left it. Then I sold it for $50 on Craigslist to a minister.

    The people who stole it are vaguely-hipster types, whom I've started to see riding fixed gear conversions in the past two months.
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    Anyone got ideas for a new cheap build? preferably a full pre-built, i dont think my heart can stand another bike ive custom built be stolen.

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    I'm really tall (6'4) and my frame is HUGE (25.5 inches) and a fixed gear bike. I lock it up everywhere I go, but unless someone's throwing it over their shoulder it's pretty unlikely to be stolen (I live in a very hilly town to boot, ya vermont!).

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    i guess my advice boils down to: get taller

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlesbian View Post
    Hey guys, I woke up this morning to find my bike stolen from under my nose.

    My IRO Mark V frame, with rd2 cranks, mavic wheels, etc etc (800ish in total cost) was stolen right outside my door (we live alone on the 2nd floor of a house, have to go through the house's locked front door, up the winding stairs, and look into the hidden landing to see it) despite it being locked to the stair railing.

    Of course I called the police, who told me to mail them a form (quick response time huh) and contacted all bike stores and pawn shops in the area to look out for it, but I know the chances are slim I'll ever see it again.

    (if you live in the Madison, Wisconsin area, look out for a 50cm Iro Mark V fixed gear, bull horns, right pedal missing its cage, silver mavic rims)

    Basically, I need some cheering up. Misery loves company so post what bike you got stolen.

    Also, suggest a new build, 500~ bucks give or take. I guess im in the market for a new bike.
    If you have any friends you don't completely trust, or just anyone you know that knows of your bike's hiding place, give them an unnanounced visit. If it was the only thing that was swiped, and truly as hard to get to as you say, it probably wasn't an impulse swipe, so think of the people who know where it was stored. Extra points if they've asked you questions like "That looks sweet, how much is it worth?" I know this from experience.. breaks a man's heart.

    As for a new bike, I always suggest the Cannondale Capo.. it's around $800 but the 2008 version (red one) is sexy as hell. Very nice frame and fork (extremely light, filed down welds so it looks slick, rides nicely), parts are so-so.. you could upgrade them as you see fit. I wouldn't ride it as a beater.. maybe get a Mercier TT or whatever the cheapos around here like. I hear they're solid bikes.
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    Just because I'm not angry anymore doesn't mean I don't think bossmoniker and every other hipster **** I see riding around on aerowheels isn't a piece of **** thats only use is to be an easy target for ridicule.

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