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I've had lights stolen before... but this?

Old 07-07-08, 10:16 PM
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I've had lights stolen before... but this?

I've had a cheap rear light jacked off my bike, and ever since I've kept everything of value that has some kind of quick release mechanism locked to my bike or on my person. I never thought, though, that someone would go so far as to undoing the bolts on my rear rack.

And on top of that, they didn't even steal it! They just set it aside my bike. I laughed for a second, then realizing I had no way to reattach it (the bolts and screws themselves were gone too). So I took the bus to a bike shop which put it back on for free (no cash on my person either - way to go me!).

So thanks to Wheels in Motion for being generous enough to give the service for free!!
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Old 07-07-08, 10:21 PM
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I guess you should start using a QR rack-- and taking it with you wherever you go? I didn't know Ann Arbor was such a hotbed of crime that people are out there stealing screws.
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Old 07-07-08, 10:29 PM
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haha yeh that probably doesn't happen that often.. depends on your area i guess.
I take off everything i can when i lock up my bike, i.e. lights and computer.
Some guys take off their seat, but i cbf carrying it around and take the risk, taking off quick release, and adding special bolts can prevent stuff like wheels, racks, seats getting stolen. There are some products on market that require a special tool to remove the bolts, but i cant remember the name of them. Im sure the guys on the forum could link you to something

As far as great service, good on them I once had a bikeshop fix up a flat when i had no cash for free. Good to see there are still good people out there.
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Old 07-07-08, 10:42 PM
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where about were you parked? Just trying to gauge what part of ann arbor that you would have bolts missing.
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Old 07-07-08, 10:53 PM
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I'm sure this was a joke on some kid's part. I was parked up at the U of Michigan's North Campus (those damn engineers!).

I'm not going to worry about this happening again, but I will make sure to throw in some nuts and screws that go to my bike into my toolkit so that I can actually use the tools that I carry around with me!
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Old 07-07-08, 10:55 PM
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Superglue some bb's in the bolt heads, or fill them with solder. Either one is easy enough to remove if you have to adjust things later.
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Old 07-07-08, 10:56 PM
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did u have bolts made of gold?
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I've had a quick release stolen from my front wheel. I only noticed when the wheel came off while riding...

Fwiw, this doesn't sound like a prank to me. It sounds like someone really needed some screws that size. Probably someone with a bike that they were trying to attach something to.

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Old 07-08-08, 03:09 AM
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Wow.
I use hot glue on blinkies and seatpost bolts. Easy enough to pick out when you need to.
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I think some of the vandals feel they have to it or someone else WILL, like if you park you bike with a thin cable. Kinda like the hackers who are doing a public service by writing viruses. My light already has a backup (came as a 2 pack made for automotive fog light) and the battery is a cheap auto jump starter ($29. at Auto Zone). After 2 days it still hasn't been swiped. Would really hate to remove that (nylon zip strips 'n all) every time I park.
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Haha. You got screwed
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That sucks. At least they didn't steal the rack. I'd run back by the bike shop and find
out what type of brew they prefer, then make a delivery.

You can hit the local hardware store and get bolts with "torx" heads. Most people don't carry a
torx bit or driver [you'll need one]. Try to use bolts that have a mushroom shaped head as well.
Most bottle-cage bolts [square head] are removable with any pair of pliers ... no allen wrench
needed.
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Old 07-08-08, 06:45 AM
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Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
I guess you should start using a QR rack
Clearly every part of the bike should be QR and you can take it all with you, just leaving the frame behind.
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Are you sure the bolts didn't come off during the normal course of riding, and some safety-minded Good Samaritan noticed the situation and took the rack off and set it to the side to ensure you wouldn't injure yourself?
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
Clearly every part of the bike should be QR and you can take it all with you, just leaving the frame behind.
Well, then we'll need a QR frame.
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
Superglue some bb's in the bolt heads, or fill them with solder. Either one is easy enough to remove if you have to adjust things later.
Whats the easy way to remove superglue?
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Whats the easy way to remove superglue?
fingernail polish remover works wonders with superglue
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Loctite 246. 'Nuff said.
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Originally Posted by kill.cactus View Post
I've had a cheap rear light jacked off my bike, and ever since I've kept everything of value that has some kind of quick release mechanism locked to my bike or on my person. I never thought, though, that someone would go so far as to undoing the bolts on my rear rack.

And on top of that, they didn't even steal it! They just set it aside my bike. I laughed for a second, then realizing I had no way to reattach it (the bolts and screws themselves were gone too). So I took the bus to a bike shop which put it back on for free (no cash on my person either - way to go me!).

So thanks to Wheels in Motion for being generous enough to give the service for free!!
SOunds like a couple of your next purchaces should be at this LBS.

You've been the victim of theft before. This was your final warning. It is time to go tamper resistant on EVERY part of your bike. If you don't already have top quality locks, then you should now. Every allen head should be replaced or filled with epoxy. Next time maybe they'll take something loose and you'll find it while out on the road, and crash. Time to harden your bike against all attacks.
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Here in Dublin the local kids seem to be bike theives for sport. They indescriminately steal bikes and parts, I've seen a stripped down frame tied to a rack in town that was probably only a $100 bike brand new. My girlfriend had her commuter stolen when they left my brand new Specialized Allez untouched next to it (they don't seem to realize that drop bars means $$$). I'd bet its a similar thing, someone decided to mess around with your bike, but they were nice enough to not actually steal anything =)
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I commute with old 10 1nd 12 speeds that I've salvaged and repaired, and it really helps with security. I don't need the latest locks or have to try to sneak it into the building. I did have a back light attacked one time though. Somebody just broke it off the back. Not likely they can use it on a bike after that so I'm not sure if it was just vandalism, or maybe somebody just wanted the batteries. "Oh well" I always say, "time to buy a gun." (but I never do)

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Originally Posted by mooseman923 View Post
fingernail polish remover works wonders with superglue
Is it only acetone based fingernail polish remover? I don't think the non-acetone stuff works.
Hobby shops that sell model rocketry supplies might have nitromethane fuel, which also dissolves superglue.
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Originally Posted by stevage View Post
I've had a quick release stolen from my front wheel. I only noticed when the wheel came off while riding...

Fwiw, this doesn't sound like a prank to me. It sounds like someone really needed some screws that size. Probably someone with a bike that they were trying to attach something to.

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Oh my god that is so dangerous I can't believe that..
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Maybe the person was going to put the rack on their bike, but it didn't fit so they returned it. That is the only logical explanation I can think of. I find it odd that anyone would want to steal a rack.
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Originally Posted by JustBrowsing View Post
Are you sure the bolts didn't come off during the normal course of riding, and some safety-minded Good Samaritan noticed the situation and took the rack off and set it to the side to ensure you wouldn't injure yourself?
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