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Old 06-14-11, 10:54 AM
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Almost committed a felony yesterday . . .

Walking in the SF Financial District to work, while crossing the street I noticed a guy stopped for the red light straddling a nice-looking frame. As I get close, I realize it was not a nice bike at all - it was an old Cinelli Super Corsa, full Campy NR, in pristine condition (probably resprayed, because there was no chriome showing on any lugs and it was a light brownish shade I don't think I've ever seen on a Cinelli before). In the too-brief conversation with the rider (dressed for work) I found out he was the original owner and the frame was built in 1971. I didn't even get the size, but it looked to be about 61cm (at the small end of what I could easily make work).

I was sooooo tempted to punch him in the nose, take the Cinelli, and ride like the wind. But the lawyer in me kicked in, and I thought better of it. After all, I'm sure that ripping someone off without actually giving them any legal advice is against some canon of ethics or other . . . . Besides, with the 42x24 low gear, I'd never make it up a San Francisco hill.

So I am not a felon, but I am a sinner, as I am still lusting and coveting in a big way.

Edit; No, I am not a criminal lawyer. Maybe that's why I don't know how to spell "felony."
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If "thou shalt not covet another man's bicycle" were a commandment, we'd all be going to hell in a hand basket.
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Aren't we anyway?
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Reminds me of the time I walked out of the grocery store, small bag of groceries in one hand a car key in the other, and saw that someone had leaned an early 70's Raleigh Professional up against the stand of clementines by the front door. In the store, but not where it should be. The rare gold colored model. Apparently pristine condition. Not locked. My size (well, close enough given the price). I kept walking, but I was thinking... does he want to trade that for these car keys? how far away is the owner? Would he see me if I hopped on the bike and home? I could walk back for the bike... Well, I kept walking, but it was not easy.
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If "thou shalt not covet another man's bicycle" were a commandment, we'd all be going to hell in a hand basket.
I have a reserved seat in the left rear pannier.
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Aren't we anyway?
Well (if it exists), I'll be there. But, I didn't want to speak for anyone else.
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Luckily this is a virtual forum, I have stolen some many of your guys bikes in my mint that Satan has a seat reserved for me right next to him. (If he exists)
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Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post

Edit; No, I am not a criminal lawyer. Maybe that's why I don't know how to spell "felony."
LOL at this.

I saw something very nice like this the other day (no idea what because someone had tried to strip the paint off and was either only halfway through or gave up) - lots of chrome, curly lugs, Campy etc. It was locked to a very flimsy street sign with a very flimsy lock. I was very tempted to kick down the sign and run off with the bike. Unfortunately I would have had to run with it rather than ride it because it was about a 58cm and I need a 48! But would be been a great fit for my husband!
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I already own one stolen bike and one is enough, as far as I am concerned. Oops, I own two, now that I think of it. However, I would never steal a bike, no matter what even though the bicycle devil does sit upon my shoulder, whispering into my ear, from time to time. Like the day I saw the titanium Miyata leaning against the grocery store unlocked. Agh!!!

Any, my stolen bikes...

The Specialized is really quite special, for a Junk Bike...



The Colnago built Saronni is just the right size and pretty neat but I have way too many Italian bikes, so I plan to let the bicycle go as a frame set...

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Damn funny thread!

I was with my fiance in Montreal, out for dinner one Friday night. While looking for parking space along St. Denis, there was a very nice mtb held upright along the curb by its pedal. It took up an entire parking space. There was no lock, no one standing near it. We waited a few minutes with me standing next to it, hoping to draw the attention of its owner. There was a cafe restaurant across and a movie theater near it. No one flinched. I wanted that parking space! But ideas flooded into my head, hmmm, full suspension, Deore XT, clean, my size....all it'll take is drop it into the hatchback. But what would THE WOMAN think....what's my reasoning. And I want that parking space!! Now I know what it means to want your cake and eat it too.
Clarity hit, so I risked touching someone else's property by removing it from the spot and I parked the car. Afterwards, I returned it to the curb behind my car as it was. I looked around for a disgruntled owner glaring at me.....no one. Eh. We left for our dinner.
Upon returning 2 hours later....there's the bike still where I left it!!! I was shocked! I thought to myself, what an incredible city and people. Tourists, college kids, yuppies, and a few beggars, everywhere...and the bike was untouched. I left it to its fate. Later, I thought perhaps it could have been a bait bike. But it was tempting to simply toss it into the car and justify it by thinking it's going to be stolen anyway, and it might as well be with someone who appreciates it, not like its owner.
Dangerous logic.
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Reaffirming that BikeForums is enabler's paradise, I'm sure glad you guys have these thoughts too.
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Montreal, eh? This is the only place where someone broke into my rental car and stole a bunch of camera gear. I guess Vermont license plates were a dead giveaway. Still have fond memories of the place...
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Bait bikes... don't fall for it. They are tracked by GPS and the you'll get busted when they lock the brakes on it remotely.
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Here's another story. About the same, but different:

In a Los Angeles burb. Thrash pick up day. The curb up and down was festooned with garbage. Preparing for a ride, I realized I forgot something inside. I propped my priceless Mediterranean steel classic against a front yard palm tree, 6' from our set of barrels, walked in the house, got my stuff and upon returning saw a couple of Latinos loading the bike into the back of an old overflowing pickup, where it would share precious space with a rocking chair, a stained futon and other treasures. When they saw me they waved and smiled and said something like thank you very muchos.

As most know, on trash day anything strewn about near the curb is fair game. Maybe these guys were a little too opportunistic, maybe not. Either way, I was the dumb guy.

Off course I got my bike back without trouble.
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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
I already own one stolen bike and one is enough, as far as I am concerned. Oops, I own two, now that I think of it. However, I would never steal a bike, no matter what even though the bicycle devil does sit upon my shoulder, whispering into my ear, from time to time. Like the day I saw the titanium Miyata leaning against the grocery store unlocked. Agh!!!

Any, my stolen bikes...

The Specialized is really quite special, for a Junk Bike...



The Colnago built Saronni is just the right size and pretty neat but I have way too many Italian bikes, so I plan to let the bicycle go as a frame set...

I bought the same year Allez for my girlfriend. I'll be damned if its not one of the most comfortable steel frames i've ridden. It's not super stiff but she doesn't race and is happy riding it on the occasional century.
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I once dealt with a man who was patently dishonest. He was a blatant liar, an opportunist of the worst kind.
On top of that, he was rude, and he claimed to be nothing but a good church-going Christian.
Even when I had his fellow church members talk to him, no change. They aplogized for his actions.

Eventually, he had to admit, after checking with counsel, that I was, in fact, correct, and truthful.

He shook my hand, looked me right in the eye, and said "Mr. *****, you've been professional, polite, and courteous in every way." As I walked away, he said "Hell is full of people like you."

I paused, it sunk in, and I turned back and said "I guess I'll be seeing you again, then, eh?"

Yep, he filed a complaint.

I still don't quite understand the Heaven and Hell thing, but the paintings are pretty interesting.
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I used to live in a town where you could leave a full campy (record my guess) cinelli outside of a bar just leaning up against the window, and noone would take it. I remember looking in the mostly empty bar and wondering whose bike it really was.
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we'd all be going to hell in a hand basket.
Nah, it'll be a big fat galvanized Wald grocery basket.
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When i go to court I want you as my lawyer Bikingshearer. Seems to me that you sum up all the angles pretty quickly. (And you won't let the law get in your way.)

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When i go to court I want you as my lawyer Bikingshearer. Seems to me that you sum up all the angles pretty quickly. (And you won't let the law get in your way.)
Actually, I do let the law get in my way. They tend to be armed and I'm allergic to lead.
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I was in chinatown in my area when I saw an all blue pinarello with a full campy group on it locked up to a parking sign, I stopped and just stared at it cause it was so wonderful, in great condition, unfortunately the guy had a stupid rack on the back which I thought wasn't doing the bike any justice. I wasn't thinking of stealing it, but I was debating whether or not to leave my phone number on the bike and saying that if he wants to sell the bike then call this number. I didn't do it and to this day I still think about that bike
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
I once dealt with a man who was patently dishonest. He was a blatant liar, an opportunist of the worst kind.
On top of that, he was rude, and he claimed to be nothing but a good church-going Christian.
Even when I had his fellow church members talk to him, no change. They aplogized for his actions.

Eventually, he had to admit, after checking with counsel, that I was, in fact, correct, and truthful.

He shook my hand, looked me right in the eye, and said "Mr. *****, you've been professional, polite, and courteous in every way." As I walked away, he said "Hell is full of people like you."

I paused, it sunk in, and I turned back and said "I guess I'll be seeing you again, then, eh?"

Yep, he filed a complaint.

I still don't quite understand the Heaven and Hell thing, but the paintings are pretty interesting.




Oh, he'll be there, he'll be there, all right. However, I wonder if you will be.
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Nah, it'll be a big fat galvanized Wald grocery basket.
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Can't say I've ever been tempted to liberate someone's bike, but I have lusted in my heart.
and no, I did not have sexual relations with that woman.
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Nah, it'll be a big fat galvanized Wald grocery basket.
I gave away one of those, maybe I'm safe.
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