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Old 08-31-23, 11:36 AM
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Alleged "cyclists" have no problem stealing from possibly their fellow cyclists. Makes me damn proud to be part of this hobby. NOT.
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Originally Posted by bikingshearer

Now where did I put that blasted angle grinder . . . ?




If someone locked up that bike, it was theirs and they cared about it. Maybe something happened to them, but since they didn't park it there with the intention to give it away (hence the lock), I would have to honor that intention and respect it, knowing that I don't have all the details. I don't think I'd be able to ride it in good faith. and I'd always wonder...

Best case scenario is that like an abandoned car, it gets flagged, then removed, then if left unclaimed, opened up for auction. That's the only surefire way to know. If the city instead just dumps the bike, that is unfortunate but the way things are. Maybe ask them where their dumpster is I know that Denver has an abandoned property auction online, and lots of bikes come and go through that.
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There's a lot of moralizing going on here. Personally, I believe that going through law enforcement is the only legitimate way of dealing with this. My only worry here it that the bike would get warehoused in an open area which is no better than the current state. The thing is that while I'm pretty certain that the municipality has some notion of public nuisance connected with abandoned property, it's up to law enforcement to handle this. A couple of years ago, there was a car sitting on the street towards the rear of my lot for weeks. My neighbor called the police, and they attached a warning sticker that the car was going to get towed, and the car was moved shortly. Abandonment is a thing, but it's up to the municipality not the individual.

I find little solace in the notion that if it gets vandalized, it's not vandalized by you. There should be a right thing to do which respects the quality of the item itself. I have turned a bike abandoned at my property to the police, and I have had help from the local police on a few occasions where my bike was stolen off private property.

I do suspect the most irate people here also do not leave their bicycles around like this. My Mooneys are either generally in the house or between my legs. The few times I've left them, it's been for minutes not weeks. Happily, they don't look like cool bikes to the masses, and I suspect they are likely less thief magnets than they would have been twenty years ago.

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Originally Posted by AdventureManCO
Best case scenario is that like an abandoned car, it gets flagged, then removed, then if left unclaimed, opened up for auction. That's the only surefire way to know. If the city instead just dumps the bike, that is unfortunate but the way things are. Maybe ask them where their dumpster is I know that Denver has an abandoned property auction online, and lots of bikes come and go through that.
I do think the OP should be a bit proactive with the police rather than waiting for someone else or cops to simply notice. The alternative is bad weathering, vandalism, and parts theft. I've seen far too many warped bikes in campus racks when I was at college. I had lights and bells taken off my campus cruiser when I was in class. The bike should be made safe somehow in a timely fashion. At the same time, I understand that the police in Los Angeles have likely more pressing matters at hand.
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OP here: I could have called the city already and they would have taken the bike to storage. If the owner returns to the rack for their bike and it is gone, there is a good chance they will write it off as stolen and a loss -- never checking with the city. I have chosen to hope the owner returns for the bike before it is even less valuable to them. A couple years ago, I watched an VGC 80s red Schwinn Super Sport waste away and it wasnt removed until it was missing most every component and was brown with rust.
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Originally Posted by MooneyBloke
I know it's fairly common to take the seat when there's a quick release, but this is a normal two hex key deal. Also, it seems odd that one would take the seat, but leave the rear wheel vulnerable to theft.
Maybe it was a nice Brooks, would certainly fit that bike, 4, 5 & 6mm hex keys easily fit in ones pocket, including possibly the owner’s.
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Old 08-31-23, 04:46 PM
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Doesnít that trek take a 7/32 hex? I recall needing a weird hex for my 710.
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Hmm . . . https://losangeles.craigslist.org/ws...663645669.html

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Whoever posted that ^^^^^^ broke a cardinal rule of "Found" ads - provide as LITTLE identifying information as possible, or at least make it cryptic enough that only the rightful owner would be able to provide enough context to establish ownership.
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I deleted my picture. We need SurferRosa to delete his quote of my pic.
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Seal the seat tube with a ziplock or cover the entire thing and be the nice neighbor.

Unless I missed something on page two and it is no longer there?
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Originally Posted by tkamd73
A battery powered angle grinder from a big box store, you could always return it after youíre done. Itís LA no one would even notice. Nice bike, you could also leave a note for the owner, telling them youíre interested, so the actual thief would know where to flip it.
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People on this forum over estimate the security of locks, that's just a thick cable lock. It'll cut through in three snips from a park cable cutter, I've done it plenty of times on bikes that the owners lost the key or combination for while doing a tune up. Even a kryptonite U-lock only needs a battery powered dremel with a metal cutting disc to cut through in a couple minutes, was well under three the last time I did it. Smaller, more portable, and safer for you and the bike.
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Originally Posted by Classtime
I deleted my picture. We need SurferRosa to delete his quote of my pic.
Lol, no "We" don't. I don't see why he should

The thread needs it. After all our motto 'pictures or it didn't happen'
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Originally Posted by Mr. 66
Lol, no "We" don't. I don't see why he should

The thread needs it. After all our motto 'pictures or it didn't happen'
If the ne'er-do-well who responded to my CL post had seen the picture, he could have described the bike well enough to inspire me to help him get it "back". Since he did not, he could not, and he gave up. The picture that I used in the CL add is generic from the web. Chances are slim that the owner sees the add or the pictures but I would appreciate a deletion of the pictures until this case is settled. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Russ Roth
People on this forum over estimate the security of locks, that's just a thick cable lock. It'll cut through in three snips from a park cable cutter, I've done it plenty of times on bikes that the owners lost the key or combination for while doing a tune up. Even a kryptonite U-lock only needs a battery powered dremel with a metal cutting disc to cut through in a couple minutes, was well under three the last time I did it. Smaller, more portable, and safer for you and the bike.
Good to know, Thanks! Didnít realize a dremel could do that, much easier to carry around then a battery angle grinder.
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Originally Posted by SoCaled
Interesting that it was found, and hoping to return to the owner, sure.

Or is this it

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I always wanted one☹️
and you are getting what you always wanted, in a bad way.
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Is this it?

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^^^^^ The permit decal on the top tube looks..... familiar
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Originally Posted by malcala622
Is this it?

They literally just put on a seatpost/saddle, replaced the pedals, removed bottle cage and listed for sale. Somehow, I doubt it's the original owner

Edit: On the other hand, the ad was "last edited 20 days ago", whatever that means. This thread was started on 8/29, and OP stated the bike was sitting like that for at least two weeks. Dunno what's going on here

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That is the bike! I responded to the “seller” regarding availability. If he did sell it, with the add still up, he might be able to contact his buyer! This could be great help. Good one malcala622
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HmmmÖso the bike is for saleÖbut is it also still down by the beach as well? If so, that would probably prove that the ad is old. Maybe?

Interesting one this is
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Originally Posted by Mr. 66
Interesting that it was found, and hoping to return to the owner, sure.

Or is this it



and you are getting what you always wanted, in a bad way.

Iím going to infer that Classtime didnít take the bike but is merely trying to help find the owner through the Ďfoundí ad which, if could be proven, he would then lead them to its current location.

Clarification would be good here.
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It was Professor Plum in the conservatory with the pedal wrench...
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc
It was Professor Plum in the conservatory with the pedal wrench...
Then whose fingerprints were those on the Campag peanut butter wrench?
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Originally Posted by madpogue
Then whose fingerprints were those on the Campag peanut butter wrench?
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