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Old 01-12-21, 07:14 PM
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Stolen - Heart Broken

Rescued a Schwinn Circuit you know the one. . I found the white saddle and bar wrap. Sourced a full "Sante" set.
Oh she was perfect. I was in love but she was promised to a new home.
Stolen from East Bay Bart, they broke my heart.......................if you see my baby
bicycle thieves are scum
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Old 01-13-21, 09:13 AM
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+10 bike thieves are Scum.
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Sorry your bike was stolen, I feel for you
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Was is locked up? Did you report it stolen? Did you record the serial number?
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OP: Do you have a photo to share of your Circuit? Components? It will definitely go far to identify it - they were available in black and red, and there's no better identifier for a refurbished older bike than a photo of it.

After all, the saddle, bar tape, or brake lever position alone can easily make one bike unique amongst the few hundred of its kind that might have been sold BITD in your area; who knows how many still exist. The photo of it will make it much easier to spot.

Plus we'll have an idea of the frame size, which can also help cull out false positives. "I spotted a Circuit in West Oakland!" isn't that helpful if, for instance, yours was 58cm and black, and the one spotted was 52cm and red.

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Was is locked up? Did you report it stolen? Did you record the serial number?
Erm...I get the advice about whether he has the SN or not, and the benefits of reporting the theft if he finds the bike later, but no need to rub salt in the wound if it wasn't locked. The experience of losing an unlocked bike serves very well as a reminder never to leave one unlocked again.

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Old 01-13-21, 11:02 AM
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God that sucks. In my experience if someone wants to steal your bike they will. My rule of thumb is if I'm riding one of my favorite bikes (I have 20 or so favorites) I only park it where I can see it at all times. I have a D lock and a cable that goes up thru the seat rails and the front wheel, so good luck to any thief who can get thru that lot in the 10 seconds it will take me to reach him.
Bike thieves in broad daylight work in teams and they will clock you keeping a beady eye on your precious steed.
Really sorry for your loss. I'm still looking for my gold Peugeot that was stolen 20 years ago.
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Old 01-13-21, 11:37 AM
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East Bay BART? No lock is strong enough.
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Old 01-13-21, 12:08 PM
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East Bay BART? No lock is strong enough.
+1 to that. And it's likely to get worse. While there are pockets of gentrification in the East Bay, there is much poverty and desperation and the job losses wrought by Covid have aggravated the situation.

A photo of the bike would help those of us who live within a radius where the bike may reappear to keep an eye out for it.
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Old 01-13-21, 12:15 PM
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Old 01-13-21, 12:56 PM
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+1 to that. And it's likely to get worse. While there are pockets of gentrification in the East Bay, there is much poverty and desperation and the job losses wrought by Covid have aggravated the situation.

A photo of the bike would help those of us who live within a radius where the bike may reappear to keep an eye out for it.
Total gentrification doesn't mean your bike will be safe, just as being poor doesn't make you a thief.

To OP, What size? Here's one near Austin that may repair your broken heart.https://austin.craigslist.org/bik/d/...247172213.html
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Old 01-13-21, 01:09 PM
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unwanted donation/

maybe it was meant to be-your next find could be better in more ways than 1.material items can always be replaced.chalk it up to experience,have been there-done that.
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Old 01-13-21, 01:24 PM
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I feel your pain, Brixxton... I have a Peugeot UO-8 that I bought new in 1974 while stationed at Redstone Arsenal (Huntsville, AL - anyone remember the bike shop "Outdoor Omnibus"?) It's been the one constant in my life, and I still love riding it.

I literally (seriously) have nightmares that it gets stolen. As far as I know, I am the only person to have ever ridden the UO-8. I've never lent it to anyone, and it's never out of my sight while out.
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Old 01-13-21, 01:45 PM
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FSOG wrote -
"I've never lent it to anyone, and it's never out of my sight while out."
That is the secret. I know it is rather demeaning and somewhat pathetic but I've found that's the way to go. I have 3 or 4 beater bikes that if stolen (despite being locked to something solid) I would be very disappointed but no big deal. I ride those on a night on the town or in the pouring rain and if stolen I'm super pissed off but I can get a lift or catch the bus - and go again.
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A few years ago, a friend wanted to borrow the UO-8 for just a little ride. I refused, and he was pretty upset and asked "why not?" I simply told him that if it was stolen, or anything happened to it, I would never forgive him, even if it wasn't his fault.
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Old 01-13-21, 01:59 PM
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I'm ashamed to admit I know exactly what you mean
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Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
The experience of losing an unlocked bike serves very well as a reminder never to leave one unlocked again.
Yes, it sure does.

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While there are pockets of gentrification in the East Bay, there is much poverty and desperation and the job losses wrought by Covid have aggravated the situation.
Can't speak for the People's Republic of S.F., but here in the People's Republic of NYC, poor people are as law abiding as any other group.

Bike thieves (like most thieves) pretty much choose to be thieves as a way to make a living because they are criminally minded scum and are not necessarily poor.
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If they can't steal bikes well enough they then inevitably go into politics.
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Originally Posted by Vintage_Cyclist View Post
Can't speak for the People's Republic of S.F., but here in the People's Republic of NYC, poor people are as law abiding as any other group.

Bike thieves (like most thieves) pretty much choose to be thieves as a way to make a living because they are criminally minded scum and are not necessarily poor.
All that night be true and the bike thief might just be a criminally minded businessman....
but who is buying stolen cheap bikes off him?

Edit: I do know that in the small cities of post-industrial Southern Ontario, cheap mountain bikes are commonly seen under drug dealers cruising the parks, playgrounds, and schoolyards, so there is that.

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When it comes to locking bikes, I'm with Johno59 . I've had four bikes stolen in my lifetime. The first was not locked up; lesson learned. The second, third and fourth were all locked and less-than-stellar humans took them as their own. Luckily I recovered the fourth one and since then I've only locked my bike if I could watch it. If I have to leave my bike anywhere for just a minute or two, I'll take the front wheel off and take it with - and even then I must be able to keep an eye on it.

Too many *******s out there to trust something with so much sentimental value to a lock that a pro can defeat in less than a minute.

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Locks

20 years ago when I had my brand new Sirrus snatched from Berkeley Bart , U Lock and cable made no difference, I started riding beaters and only bringing out my favorites when I felt safe that they wouldn't be pinched. Then I heard about a guy in the Mission who was stabbed and his bike taken. It seems if some lowlife has you in their sites there is not a lot any of us can do.
I don't spend days rebuilding and perfecting not to ride. So live for the now ,be vigilante and don't let anything stop you from enjoying your machine
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Uhmmm.......No nice C&V bike like that would last a few hours parked and locked up at any Bart station.
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Many years ago I commuted on CalTrain to San Jose, and would leave a really crappy bike locked up at that station to make my way into town. The problem was that Id buy the cheapest lock I could find, and bike thieves must have seen that as a personal affront and stole my bike anyway. Happened a couple of times before I invested in a better lock (or at least one that was worth more than the bike itself).
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There’s a company that sells a skunk lock once cut, will render the bike unthinkable to the thief.
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I don't let my bikes out of my sight, ever! I do not carry a lock , if I have to stop at a store I take the bike in with me . If the store objects , I find a different store. A while ago as I passed what appeared to be a homeless person with a trailer in tow behind his bike with his belongings. I spied a set of bolt cutters poking out from under the junk as I passed him. In California it is a misdemeanor to steal anything under $950 which means if they get caught in the act they get a ticket, not much deterrent. I am sorry for your loss , it would be terrible to lose a bike.
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