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Old 10-23-09, 05:24 PM
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Cautionary Tale

BIKE THIEF DEFEATED!!!

"Some punk ass ***** thought he was gonna get away with lifting my (matt's actually) bike off the front of the 720 bus and ride away, free and easy - but I put the smack down! I ran off the bus and yelled "what the **** are you doing?!" like some one was trying to murder me, leaving all my stuff on the bus, save for the book in my hand, in the process. He grabbed the bike and ran and tried to get on and ride. Once he did that I feared all hope was lost as I anticipated that he would ride off faster than I could run - but I got close enough to almost grab him and I guess he sensed my rage, because he dropped the bike and ran. ELATED, I picked up the bike and turned around to see the bus still waiting back at the corner and the driver and passengers all staring in awe at the scene that had just occurred. I put the bike back on the rack and got back on the bus. The driver said she was sorry, i told her it was OK - that I always watched my bike just in case. A bunch of people on the bus congratulated my victory. I couldn't even sit down after that, I was dizzy with the rush of adrenaline.

I never even saw the dude's face. The whole thing went down in an instant. But the important thing is, **** THAT PUNK; I GOT MY BIKE BACK!
"


Lock your bikes everybody, even on the bus.

incase you don't know what I'm talking about, here is a picture.

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Old 10-23-09, 05:28 PM
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Old 10-23-09, 05:51 PM
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Fixie hipster creep, denying a poor soul a bike like that. Selfish bastid.


















































yes, I'm kidding....duh.
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Old 10-23-09, 06:32 PM
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Originally Posted by chipcom View Post

yes, I'm kidding....duh.
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I thought the story was gonna end with it actually being the guys bike and you only noticing it when you turned around to go back to the bus...

Nice one though. Too bad you couldn't have at least winged him a bit...
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Old 10-23-09, 08:01 PM
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Originally Posted by cyclefreaksix View Post
I thought the story was gonna end with it actually being the guys bike and you only noticing it when you turned around to go back to the bus...

Nice one though. Too bad you couldn't have at least winged him a bit...

The girl that wrote this had her boyfriend's fixed gear. I thought it was going to end with him trying to ride a fixie, unknowingly, and fall on his ass as he tries to coast. That or crash because it has no brakes, I think.
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Old 10-23-09, 08:35 PM
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I had a similar experience once, many years ago. It did not end as well as yours. It was 1970 or 71 and I had 10-speed. I had just chained it to the rod iron fence at Jackson Square in New Orleans and was standing in front of the Cathedral talking with some friends. A few moments later, I saw this young black kid ride by on a bike that looked just like mine. So I looked at the fence where the bike was parked and it was gone. I ran after him. I think in a block or so he knew I was on the chase and closing. I may have run a block and half or two and a half. Had he just kept riding he would have had me. I could not keep up the pace. But he sensed I was closing in and tried to make a running dismount. He ended flat on his face in the street bleeding. The bike hit the curb, jumped it and slammed into a brick building. I felt like beating the crap out of him. It would have been unseemly. I was 24 or 25 years old then. He was probably 12 years old small, and helpless. There were also a lot people around. I am glad that I just left him there. The bike suffered a bent wheel, fork and frame. It was beyond worth repairing.

I had three ten speeds stolen in the beginning of that decade. To this day I won't invest that much in a single bike. At one point I had a very heavy case hardened length of chain that come of a crane and an expensive commercial padlock. It weighed a lot. It was ridiculous. This guy bets me that he can defeat it in under five minutes. I said no way. So the bet was placed. He comes back in a few minutes in a van with an acetylene torch rig and easily won the bet.
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I've got my fixed gear for a commuter bike since it's a cheap bike, except for the rear wheel. It's all ugly, so it's all good. My only issue is how HUGE the fixie thing is here in LA, so my ugly bike is actually very attractive I may still invest a lot in a bike, but I won't be locking it outside for an hour or two.
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Old 10-24-09, 03:16 AM
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Wow, what a story. Freaking thieves. Crazy stuff. Thanks for sharing. My congratulations go to that victory.
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Old 10-24-09, 10:06 AM
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Wow, first story I've heard of someone lifting a bike off a bus. Never really thought about it...Good thing you had a happy ending.
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Old 10-24-09, 10:11 AM
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Old 10-24-09, 10:41 AM
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Our local transit service has had racks on their buses for quite some time now. I have never used them in part because of paranoia that someone would try to swipe it. Not that my commuter bike is expensive but it would a major pain to lose it.
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Old 10-24-09, 10:53 AM
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I always worry when my bike is on the front of the bus and always worry--- I've locked on the bus rack before but always got nervous getting off as my drop spot is on a busy road---

Guess I'll get back to locking.. thanks for the story and congrats
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Old 10-26-09, 08:21 AM
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That bus driver is an idiot. No one should be going for the bikes unless it's someone who got off the bus.
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Old 10-26-09, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by thdave View Post
That bus driver is an idiot. No one should be going for the bikes unless it's someone who got off the bus.
True. Had the driver been paying closer attention, all he/she would probably have to do is blast the horn... thief craps and takes off running. With several people getting on and off at a stop, it would be easy not to notice who was actually grabbing the bike. Calling him an idiot for this seems a little harsh. Besides, it was nice of him to wait.
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Old 10-27-09, 12:39 AM
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Originally Posted by thdave View Post
That bus driver is an idiot. No one should be going for the bikes unless it's someone who got off the bus.
What a stupid statement.

There are dozens of things a driver needs to pay attention to at a stop. People who need help getting on and off the bus, people asking route questions, people buying daily passes, dispatcher on the radio needing information, deciding whether that guy over there is too drunk to be allowed on the bus... Yes, it would have been great if the driver had spotted what was happening -- and it sounds like she was apologetic for not noticing -- but to expect her to never take her eyes off the bike rack is ridiculous.
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Old 10-27-09, 08:35 AM
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Bikes are really only at risk when the bus is stopped--which, of course, is when the driver is occupied with checking fares and making sure all exiting passengers are clear. It's not reasonable to expect the driver to watch for randoms walking up and taking a bike from the rack. It's even less reasonable to expect the driver to recognize a theft by somebody who gets off the bus and helps himself (or herself) to a bike from the rack.

I've only put my bike on a bus rack once, to get it home after the sidewall of the rear tire blew apart. I figured in that condition, it wasn't rideable, so I didn't lock it up. I still sat as close as I could to the front doors and watched it the entire ride home.
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Old 10-27-09, 12:23 PM
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In my city (Madison) you're supposed to tell the driver when you are going to pull off your bike. It seems like this might at least lower the probability of theft in the manner described, since otherwise, the driver doesn't expect a bike to be removed.
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If I regularly used the transit racks, I'd take a small bungee with me, and bungee the bike to the rack. Stealing a bike like this is a crime of opportunity. If it even takes 5 extra seconds to grab the bike, they probably aren't going to get it. I'd also sit (or stand) as near to the front as possible and watch it like a hawk. I've had to use one once when I broke a pedal 20 some odd miles from home. After pedaling for about one mile with one leg, I knew I was never going to make it the rest of the way. I had the comfort of knowing that no one was going to grab the bike and ride away but I was still nervous.
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Originally Posted by fotooutdoors View Post
In my city (Madison) you're supposed to tell the driver when you are going to pull off your bike. It seems like this might at least lower the probability of theft in the manner described, since otherwise, the driver doesn't expect a bike to be removed.
That's so the driver doesn't pull away before you can get your bike off the rack. It doesn't prevent a random bus rider from telling the driver, "I'm going to get my bike", getting off the bus, and stealing a bike from the rack.
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If I put my bike on the rack, I stand/sit right at the front and watch it like a hawk.
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this had never occurred to me. thanks for the heads up. i havent used the racks before, but that doesnt mean i wont, some cold, blustery winter day.
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Yeah I think I'd use a bungee and use it to hook a wheel to the frame. Mostly to confuse the thief long enough to stop him.

Wish we had buses like that here, anyway. The trend is very much away from bikes on public transport...at the same time as we're building lots of bike paths.
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An unrelated note:

I can't get anyone to steal my U08. Left it unlocked at three different high-visibility locations. Maybe I should put a sign up. Or maybe it looks like I'm baiting

Knowing how bike-nuts this town is, I'm sure they look at it, shrug, and say "meh, its no PX10".

Note: I'm partially serious about getting rid of the U08. It doesn't fit, it hasn't sold on Craigslist. And it is a piece of crap. If it didn't have a death-stem, cottered cranks, rust, a plastic rear derailleur that didn't work, fit, was even winter-bike worthy I'd keep it. But its not. Also I lost my love for this bike after I did a header and nearly killed myself.
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Originally Posted by Oregon Southpaw View Post
An unrelated note:

I can't get anyone to steal my U08. Left it unlocked at three different high-visibility locations. Maybe I should put a sign up. Or maybe it looks like I'm baiting

Knowing how bike-nuts this town is, I'm sure they look at it, shrug, and say "meh, its no PX10".

Note: I'm partially serious about getting rid of the U08. It doesn't fit, it hasn't sold on Craigslist. And it is a piece of crap. If it didn't have a death-stem, cottered cranks, rust, a plastic rear derailleur that didn't work, fit, was even winter-bike worthy I'd keep it. But its not. Also I lost my love for this bike after I did a header and nearly killed myself.
Park it near a college or high school.

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