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Old 01-05-17, 08:25 PM
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The bike rack at Walmart...

The bike rack was on the side of the building farthest from the main entrance. This is what I saw when I got there.

I decided that I'd walk the bike through Walmart to pick up the few things I needed and that, if they didn't like it, I'd find someplace else to shop. They didn't care, so this will be my habit from now on.
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Old 01-05-17, 08:30 PM
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I started bringing my bikes in the building on the fall of 2000.

The difference? I work there. SOMEBODY has to build their garbage well enough not to hurt a kid.
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Old 01-05-17, 08:48 PM
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Is this a joke ? Seems like it would've been easier to cut the cable lock than go through all the work to strip it right there.
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Old 01-05-17, 09:48 PM
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Probably an employee's bike and the strippage probably occurred over a long period of time; first the seat and post, then the front wheel, etc.
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Old 01-05-17, 10:01 PM
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Stripped bikes locked to the rack are nothing new to people who live in the big cities.

The parts on many bikes are worth more as scrap metal than anything else.
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Old 01-05-17, 10:36 PM
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Can't see why someone would pull the fork and leave the bars. Doesn't look like the kind of bike which would have had a high-end fork.
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Old 01-05-17, 11:24 PM
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Originally Posted by thumpism View Post
Probably an employee's bike and the strippage probably occurred over a long period of time; first the seat and post, then the front wheel, etc.
Most severely stripped bikes like that have been left overnight, or like you said, for a full day.

Perhaps as you suggest, and employee had the seat stolen, then chose to get a ride home or something... then it was all history.

Of course, it may depend on the city and neighborhood. Front and rear wheel locks? Seat Locks? Locking skewers?
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Old 01-06-17, 07:51 AM
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I had an employee at a local convenience store give me hell for walking my bike in when I bought some Powerade and snacks. "You can leave your bike outside. I do it all the time. Nobody will mess with it." About a couple months later, one of his co-workers, who had been working the day of the reprimand, grinned as he told me that the employee's bike had been stolen from in front of the store in broad daylight, despite a cable-lock to a sign post, and that his new bike now stayed in the store room while he was at work. Karma.

There's a reason I use my beater bike for errands and reserve my road bike for times that I can keep an eye on it.
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Old 01-06-17, 08:13 AM
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I commonly bring my bike inside the store with me, according to what and where I am riding. Most of the time I don't have any issue with it. The only place I actually have was on Long Boat Key, FL. There was a very small store with a row of bushes outside. The owner wouldn't let me lean my bike on the bushes, and didn't want me to bring the bike in. Lucky for me I found a Publix shopping plaza a bit down the road.
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Old 01-06-17, 08:43 AM
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I bring my bike into a local brewery on the occasions that I forget the lock. They don't mind bikes sitting in the vestibule area of their building. As a general rule, though, I have little problem leaving it locked up outside.

That said, I agree with those that said that bike probably met its fate over many dark nights.
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Old 01-06-17, 08:48 AM
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You're lucky your Wal-Mart has a rack, though. As far as I can tell, the one I go to on my bike doesn't, I have to make use of tall signposts.
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Old 01-06-17, 08:56 AM
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*yawn* I live in the 5th largest city in the U.S. Hardly a day goes by that I don't see one of those.


I am positive that bike was not stripped while a shopper was inside the store, but rather over time or in one night in the middle of the night. You are worrying too much.
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Old 01-06-17, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
*yawn* I live in the 5th largest city in the U.S. Hardly a day goes by that I don't see one of those.


I am positive that bike was not stripped while a shopper was inside the store, but rather over time or in one night in the middle of the night. You are worrying too much.

People need to get out of the middle class suburbia more.

An abandoned bike and people think it is gang activity, start calling HOA meetings and stocking up on ammunition.


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Old 01-06-17, 10:50 AM
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When I bike to the local Walmart or any other store I lean the bike against the exterior wall next to the entrance and lock the rear wheel to the frame with a cable lock. Park even closer to the entrance than the local gentry customers who double park in the fire zone.

Bring the shopping cart right up to the bike. Makes it easy to load the groceries in the rear basket as well as hang filled canvas bags from the basket with bungee cords. Never have had a problem with management or anyone else.

My theory, if bike thieves do not see a derailleur, they do not see a bike or its accessories at all and pass on by.

Note :the local Walmart does have a bike rack and there are usually a few bikes locked to it, including one employee's recumbent, but it is about 50' from the entrance - too far away for me!
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Old 01-06-17, 04:41 PM
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The fork was worth taking, but the RD wasn't?
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Old 01-06-17, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
You are worrying too much.
Probably. But my current bike is the most expensive bike I've ever owned. My seat probably costs more than this entire stripped bike (pictured) cost when it was new. I'd be annoyed if I came back and it was missing.


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People need to get out of the middle class suburbia more.
I am. I've lived in the country (I was born and raised in a town of about 2,000 people) and I've lived in the city. I'm moving back to the country.

I'm not a babe in the woods. I've worked in some of the most dangerous occupations in the world in some of the most dangerous regions of the world. I've been to places most people only read about in adventure novels.

In fact, I'm literally in one of the most dangerous regions of the world as I type these words.

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An abandoned bike and people think it is gang activity, start calling HOA meetings and stocking up on ammunition.
Oh come on. It is a fact that people in our area do steal seats and whatever else they can get off with a screwdriver and a small crescent wrench. This is an extreme case and almost certainly happened to an abandoned bike over the course of a few days or weeks, but I'm not willing to leave my bike—even for a few minutes—to the tender mercies of people who would step over their own grannies to get at your stuff.

My son has had two or three seats taken from his commuter bike in the last couple of years.
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My post said, "People". It was not addressed to you specifically. Sorry if I was not clear.

Where I live people freak out if someone not driving a perfect car has a breakdown and it causes the slightest inconvenience. People will call the police on a homeless guy trying to get some money for food before they even hear his story - God forbid they should walk up to the guy and ask his name. That's the mindset I'm talking about, people who live in a perfect bubble, teenagers who drives Mercedes at 17 and have never seen the real world. Obviously you know what real life is in other parts of the world.

Again, I didn't mean to insinuate that you were naive. My comment was general, not aimed at you. I should not have shot from the hip.

Anyway, the bike was probably stripped for scrap metal and nothing more. Scrap metal is big money right now.

Walmart has some of the tightest security of any retail company. Every Walmart has an array of security cameras and someone watches them 24x7 so it was probably the staff who did it. It was probably the security staff themselves who did it. Would not surprise me in the slightest.


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Again, I didn't mean to insinuate that you were naive. My comment was general, not aimed at you. I should not have shot from the hip.
Thanks for clarifying.

I've enjoyed your posts.
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It was probably the security staff themselves who did it. Would not surprise me in the slightest.
Shooting from the hip again?
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Walmart has some of the tightest security of any retail company. Every Walmart has an array of security cameras and someone watches them 24x7 so it was probably the staff who did it. It was probably the security staff themselves who did it. Would not surprise me in the slightest.
Not where I live! Had a roommate who worked for Wal*Mart. The cameras at the two stores he worked at didn't record. They were just viewable in real time. They also had more decoy cameras than working ones. And the guy "watching" them didn't pay much attention to them at either location.
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
You're lucky your Wal-Mart has a rack, though. As far as I can tell, the one I go to on my bike doesn't, I have to make use of tall signposts.
Ditto for Houston suburbs. Very few bike racks. My MO is to lock my 25 year old beater to the shopping cart corral nearest the entrance with u-lock through rear wheel and frame. The geometry is always good and it is a high-traffic area. Someday I'll get bit but so far I've avoided it.
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Richmond is notorious for having bike frames locked to poles, sign posts etc without any tires, seats, etc...This is a pretty well known fact but yet people do it anyways. There was even a racer's bike stolen from a hotel when the world's were held here, although it was recovered as someone ratted someone out.
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Walmart has some of the tightest security of any retail company. Every Walmart has an array of security cameras and someone watches them 24x7 so it was probably the staff who did it. It was probably the security staff themselves who did it. Would not surprise me in the slightest.
The few times that I've been in a WalMart, I've noticed that most of the cameras are above the cash registers. I also worked, for a while, in a business that was peripheral to the security industry. I got pamphlets from companies that sold security gear, and most of it was directed towards companies watching their employees, not their customers. If you believe their literature, most shoplifting is either committed by employees, or by customers in cahoots with an employee.

But from what I've read, there's a lot of violent crime at WalMart stores too.
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But from what I've read, there's a lot of violent crime at WalMart stores too.
AND, if you read and take as gospel the posts from many LBS affiliated personnel and bicycle snobs on BF, you will learn that ALL bikes sold by Walmart are back-assward assembled junk!
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AND, if you read and take as gospel the posts from many LBS affiliated personnel and bicycle snobs on BF, you will learn that ALL bikes sold by Walmart are back-assward assembled junk!
To be fair, I've actually seen that with my own eyes. I have yet to witness physical violence or bikes being disassembled by vultures when I stop in for five minutes myself.
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