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Old 07-10-17, 01:19 AM   #1
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Looking to replace my stolen folding bikes

Hi all,

My sad story is that last weekend, someone used a crowbar on our garage door and stole our two folders: An Obsidian Dahon Vybe and an Orange Downtube Nova. We had saved up for a year to purchase each one (two years total), as we have three kids, one who has special needs, and so money is pretty tight in our household. We are in Central Illinois, and yes police were called and serial numbers reported.

We loved our folding bikes so much, and so want to try and replace them. The trouble is there are not many used good quality folders on Craigslist around here (and I am visiting daily all around the region in the crazy chance that I might see ours pop up).

We were lucky that we found our Dahon on LLBean's site during a sale they had in February (something like 100 dollars off). We ended up paying less than 300 for it brand new, with free shipping. Alas, this is probably never going to happen again.

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Old 07-10-17, 03:20 AM   #2
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This is why I keep my nice (IMHO) bikes in the house.. Sorry about your loss.

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Old 07-10-17, 04:49 AM   #3
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LL BEAN runs that 25% off sale after Christmas annually, so you should get another shot at it. Got my Vybe the same way.

I was at their home store in Portland Maine yesterday and they are now carrying the Mariner.

Hope things work out for you.
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If your in an area with high levels of crime perhaps just get a couple of cheap older folding bikes to get by with. Both the Dahon and Downtube look like they are entry level for their ranges with basic freewheels which you get on folding bikes at $100 there abouts, you may not notice a huge difference in ride quality with cheaper bikes. Then once you've got a couple of basic bikes grunge them up with a rough paint job. The Dahon brand is well regarded and no doubt a magnet to thieves. I remember the story of a teacher in an inner city school where he would cycle to work and his bikes were constantly stolen. In the end he went for a basic cheap bike, hand brushed on some paint and at the time of his forum posting had not had his bike stolen close to a year. I guess I'm making the point that protecting items from theft, one route is making it more difficult to steal but another is to make the item less appealing to steal in the first place. I was looking at a couple of Bromptons chained up the other day outside a pub at the beach, I was just looking at them out of curiosity but I could see a very worried person looking at me from the pub window who clearly was one of the owners.

I hope you get your bikes back and it all works out for you in the end. You didn't mention if they were insured I assume not.
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I'm sorry to hear about your loss. I was robbed by a worker about a month ago. He stole cash, three bikes, and tools. I'm just getting over it.

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Am I correct in thinking that the loss is less than the deductible on your home insurance?
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Even if the loss were more than the homeowner's insurance deductible, I'd be hesitant to file a claim for the stolen bikes. Insurance companies have been known to pay a claim, then kick you to the curb, at which point you might not be able to get insurance at all, or at highly inflated rates. It's not worth putting your ability to insure your home at risk.
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central Illinois
where exactly ?
We are in Olney Il and might be able to help you out.
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Even if the loss were more than the homeowner's insurance deductible, I'd be hesitant to file a claim for the stolen bikes. Insurance companies have been known to pay a claim, then kick you to the curb, at which point you might not be able to get insurance at all, or at highly inflated rates. It's not worth putting your ability to insure your home at risk.
That's certainly a risk.
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where exactly ?
We are in Champaign-Urbana.

@bargainguy: Yes, that is why we did not file an insurance claim. We do not want our premiums to increase, and we want our insurance for BIG disasters like trees falling on us, or other unmentionable events.

On a side note, I just biked the Full Moon bike ride to the Seymour Dairy Barn, which is a fun local biking group event open to all (23 miles or so) and I met a guy who did the whole thing on his folder!!
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Jammin,

Message me, or email me at [email protected] I think we can help you out and provide a major upgrade as well.

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Jammin.... Champaign is about 2 hours drive. If money is tight we could go trough some of the bikes I have, which are customer returns and might have cosmetic problems. But we need to do this together, despite the fact that I am pretty busy ( understatement ) I could steal away for an hour or so .
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Was yours the only garage broken into ?

If not then someone has seen you on the bikes and targeted you, not very nice.
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Yes, ours was the only garage on that day (there have been scattered incidents over the past couple of years in the neighborhood). My guess is that they cased it out earlier in the day when my son had the garage door open while doing yard work. They also took a mountain bike and emptied out our tool boxes. The folders were right in the front...they didn't mess with anything that was difficult to get into/access (like a couple of racing bikes we had up in the rafters from college days.
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@ThorUSA I would be interested in seeing what you have for sure. Will be through there in a few weeks (driving down for the eclipse). I am in Charleston this Friday as well, and might be able to drive over.
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as long as it in the morning friday is fine
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Just have to say kudos to the bike shop guys who have offered to step up and help the OP. Damn nice, shows that good people still exist.
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Yes, many thanks to Paul P and Thor for their replies! @ThorUSA will try to get there Friday am....thanks.

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it's a very sad news. never forget the lock. Keep your bike safe.
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