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Old 10-06-12, 09:12 PM
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how often are stolen bikes recovered? (Don't know where to post)

Just got a new bike a month ago and my bike got stolen tonight from my college campus. The structure I locked my bike to was broken, and the bike was taken with both locks still securing the wheels to the frame. How likely is it that the bike will turn up after I file a police report and watch craigslist???
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3%

I've gotten my Mongoose back twice. Once I saw dude walking it downtown with a flat back tire about 3 months after it got stolen. I grabbed it, said that's my bike, you wanna fight or go to police station. Oddly he went for the police station option.

Second time I was riding my road bike and saw the goose next to a dude at the bus stop. I did a u-turn for a second look, then another U-turn, hopped the curb and yelled "That's my bike." Never stopped rolling, just grabbed the 'goose by the stem and took it with me. Dude was jibber-jabbing about it being his roommate's bike as I rolled away.

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Old 10-06-12, 09:21 PM
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Seriously!!? just 3%........whats heart breaking is that it was my main form of transport....I can't afford to replace it
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I totally made up that number. It's probably on the high side, I'm guessing. Do a lot of footwork, though. Go to EVERY pawnshop/second-hand store around. Go to them often. Ditto on the craigslist cruising. Try a craigslist aggregator so you can check a number of cities simultaneously.
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Guess it also depends on what you mean by 'recovered'. Every year here the police end up with hundreds of bikes that no-one claims - either because they've already made an insurance claim, don't have the serial number - or because the owner simply can't be bothered making a report.

So the bikes end up being sold at auction in lots or given to charities - which - after spending months outside in the rain - probably isn't a great deal for anyone anyway.
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Sorry to hear about your bike. Thieves are cowards.

Can you tell us what you know about the incident? What was the structure? I have in my mind that someone used a Dremel to saw through a rack in the dead of night in some urban campus. Or, did someone saw through a tree that you were locked to? Not trying to embarrass you, but I try to learn from issues that are posted.

I have no idea about recovery. One way or another, you'll be riding again soon. Good luck.
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Where I live it's probably closer to 0%.
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Here's a happy guy... ask him. recent post. http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/bik/3321668849.html
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Almost never. I had one bike stolen a while back, I got super lucky and recovered it the next day. Every since then I have been pariniod big time.

The ONLY time I lock my bike up is when I am eyeballing it, as from a eatery or bar. All other times, the bike comes with me..I am lucky at work too, I bring my bike inside, either in my cube on a locked storeroom. When I going to a store, I bring it inside. They run me out, just for me to come in another entrance. Only going to be a few minutes. In cases where I know, I need to lock up my bike, and can't eyeball it, that is a job for my $70 rust bucket beater bike. Rusted from head to toe, but has a sweet ride.

IMO, locking your bike up on the outside, is just asking for it.. Just my opinion..
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Originally Posted by Big Lebowski View Post
Sorry to hear about your bike. Thieves are cowards.

Can you tell us what you know about the incident? What was the structure? I have in my mind that someone used a Dremel to saw through a rack in the dead of night in some urban campus. Or, did someone saw through a tree that you were locked to? Not trying to embarrass you, but I try to learn from issues that are posted.

I have no idea about recovery. One way or another, you'll be riding again soon. Good luck.
I guess it's more or less my fault. I locked it to a 1 inch thick chain that this bolted to a steel post. On campus these fenses of sorts are used to keep back the bushes. Whoever stole it just broke the link that attached to the pole and slid the Chain out from my locks and walked the bike off. The ridiculous thing is that it was in broad day light and the guy walks the bike through a busy famous with two locks locking the wheels to the frame.
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Yeah, it isn't always easy to find the ideal lock-up situation. I've taken a few chances myself by not locking my bike to a 100% secure spot when running into a store.
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My brothers vintage, very distinctive Raleigh cruiser was stolen. I was biking down some roads I normally wouldn't a week later and Lo and behold there it was, on some crack house front porch. Karma was smiling upon me that day as I biked both home with me.

Later that year it was run over by a snowplough.

And yes, we did go back to that house afterwards.
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Old 10-10-12, 02:59 AM
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Always make sure you have at least 2 bikes. I'm super paranoid and use 4 locks at school, park it in a place where people are going to be around and that's well lit.
Department store bikes are good for one thing at least; parking on trips to the library, store etc.

With the way i see people locking up their bikes, it would probably take a while with only a few locks for mine to be stolen but i aint taking that chance! (As TC has demonstrated) I've walked near USC before and it's just laughable, somebody needs to get people watching the videos on youtube on how to lock your bike, of course there was one knocked over with a missing front wheel

If i had to guess i would say it's 10-20%, if you have it registered and are quick to scope out the internet/neighborhood in the hours/days following the incident even better. Back in the day i was walking with my friend and he was on my Mongoose, some gangster dude came over and said "hey that's my brothers bike" and took it away from my friend. I'll never know if that was BS or not as i had seen a kid around here with the same bike. My uncle drove me around and we found some little kid and his mom riding it, they actually had the nerve to say it was theirs!!!! Then my uncle said "ok let's call the police" and then changed to "oh somebody gave it to us" hmmm who knows......
Some punk also tried knocking me off my road bike once, i was on a main street around 8PM and came back from riding in another neighborhood! Luckily i dodged um and ran a red light (yah that was stupid) now i'm a real big supporter of hanging back at a red and not coming to a complete stop.

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Old 10-10-12, 03:28 AM
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Over here, the stolen bike gets stripped down and the parts sold off seperately, most parts do not have serial numbers...cranks, pedals,seat posts,brakes, shifters...

So it may be difficult to get back your stolen bike and all its parts. Brand name parts like XTR and XT are easily sold.
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Zero.

If I stole one I'd brake it into parts and sell it off. Sure theves aren't any dumber.
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I've had three bikes stolen in my life. I've gotten 0 of them back.

Haven't had one taken for 21 years, which means I'm about due.
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I had a really cool custom frame mountain bike stolen from behind the house I use as my office. I hadn't ridden it for years and then converted it to a singlespeed around-towner. For insurance purposes it wasn't worth much - 20 year old rigid frame - but the thing was the shiznit back in the day, and it is basically irreplaceable. It's was from a boutique North Shore Vancouver shop - Off Road Toad. So that's the ***** of it, somebody stole something of immense value to me, but probably only worth $200 tops as a stolen bike and probably in the trash somewhere now or rusting in somebody's backyard. Bicycle thieves are the scum of the earth.
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I have had a bike stolen but haven't been more happy with it. Thanks thiefs.

I wanted to get rid of an old 50$ bike I got from craigslist years ago but wasn't able to find anyone who wanted it.
Then i got a great idea. Why not let the bike unattended for a while.
It tooks only 1h to vultures to steal my bike unattended. That's what I would call recycling.
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Update: my buddies bought me a replacement bike on Craigslist (I love my buddies) the bike they bought me has the rear wheel and tire from my stolen bike on it. How do I know it's mine? I patched some tire pu ctures with duct tape on the inner wall . The front wheel and handle bars popped up last night on Craigslist. I have a detective that I am working with, it seems I have uncovered a bicycle chop/theft ring. I just hope these guys move fast enough, if not I'm setting up a meeting and handling it myself with a couple of the brothers i grew up with.
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Update to my Update: In short I got my bike back due to some nice detective work, if i do say so myself. *pat on back The campus police were able to set up a buy with the guy selling my stolen components. Turns out hes a 16 yr old kid and a pawn in a larger network. HE TRADED MY LANGSTER FOR AN XBOX!!!!!!!!!!......all in all it seems like I'm going to come out on top. I haven't seen it yet but i know its in custody I just hope it isn't completely ruined. THIS GOES TO SHOW SCREW THE ODDS IF YOU WANT YOUR BIKE BADLY ENOUGH AND PUT IN THE WORK YOU CAN GET IT BACK. I sent the story into Bicycle times for giggles, lets see if it gets a print.
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wwowowow, 'grats!
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Good job, to bad he's a juvenile, it's out of your hands now.
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As a former LEO for a fairly large city, I can say almost never. The same holds true for motorcycles. Glad you got you bike back!
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