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Old 12-09-20, 09:18 AM
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You're all wrong.

The thread has been closed and I don't have any data but I think that everybody missed the reason the majority of bikes are stolen: The thief simply wants a quick ride to wherever he happens to be going. That's why the cheesiest lock that you can put on your bike is still about 90% effective.
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Old 12-09-20, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
The thread has been closed and I don't have any data but I think that everybody missed the reason the majority of bikes are stolen: The thief simply wants a quick ride to wherever he happens to be going. That's why the cheesiest lock that you can put on your bike is still about 90% effective.
OK, well, Iíll bite. I disagree with your first statement, and agree with your second.
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Old 12-09-20, 09:28 AM
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So's your mom...
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Old 12-09-20, 09:29 AM
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Sure all those reasons. How bout The one when you're a teenager visiting your girlfriend on the other side of town and have to walk home before curfew. After a while you realize you're not gonna make it in time. You see a bike in a front yard and you ride it almost home then just dump the bike in someone else's yard.
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Old 12-09-20, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
The thread has been closed and I don't have any data but I think that everybody missed the reason the majority of bikes are stolen: The thief simply wants a quick ride to wherever he happens to be going. That's why the cheesiest lock that you can put on your bike is still about 90% effective.
I totally agree. Probably most are a snatch and run by teenagers. Even the smallest cable will stop them. They dont normally carry two foot long cable cutters, or battery powered grinders.
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Old 12-09-20, 09:56 AM
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Sure all those reasons. How bout The one when you're a teenager visiting your girlfriend on the other side of town and have to walk home before curfew. After a while you realize you're not gonna make it in time. You see a bike in a front yard and you ride it almost home then just dump the bike in someone else's yard.
Don't forget the commuter who is walking downtown in the morning to catch the train, but once in awhile he is a few minutes late so he grabs the first unattended bicycle he sees and rides it to the station, eventually abandoning in in someone else's yard. He made the train on time so all is well.
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Old 12-09-20, 10:40 AM
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Since we are effectively opening that thread back up thru this one...

This summer I sold a high quality Diamondback hardtail MTB to a guy who was very much not a cyclist. He took out his phone, videoed the bike, then sent the video and we waited a few minutes. Then he got a call and spoke Spanish for a few minutes. He asked me a couple questions, then hung up and shelled over a lot of $20 bills.
I was super curious and we spent the next 10min talking about how he buys bikes and brings them down to a friend in Mexico for him to ride and eventually sell. He makes the trip a couple times a year and brings 5-15 bikes at a time. His friend came up here for college and worked here for a handful of years before moving home and they used to work together. The guy brings his kids on the trip sometimes and they visit where the dad grew up while down in MX. Its cheaper to buy the bikes up here and pay for the border fees than it is to buy them down in MX, especially since many arent available there.

It was odd, but really cool to hear. <---so a typical CL transaction.
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Old 12-09-20, 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Since we are effectively opening that thread back up thru this one...

This summer I sold a high quality Diamondback hardtail MTB to a guy who was very much not a cyclist. He took out his phone, videoed the bike, then sent the video and we waited a few minutes. Then he got a call and spoke Spanish for a few minutes. He asked me a couple questions, then hung up and shelled over a lot of $20 bills.
I was super curious and we spent the next 10min talking about how he buys bikes and brings them down to a friend in Mexico for him to ride and eventually sell. He makes the trip a couple times a year and brings 5-15 bikes at a time. His friend came up here for college and worked here for a handful of years before moving home and they used to work together. The guy brings his kids on the trip sometimes and they visit where the dad grew up while down in MX. Its cheaper to buy the bikes up here and pay for the border fees than it is to buy them down in MX, especially since many arent available there.

It was odd, but really cool to hear. <---so a typical CL transaction.
They like old school mini pickups to. dudes would come to used car lots and buy all of them, then a van would come back and they would drive them all back.
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Old 12-09-20, 11:03 AM
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We closed the last one because someone couldn't avoid stereotyping Mexicans and here we are talking about Mexicans again. That is not going to end well. Which is why we don't appreciate people reopening closed threads, however good the intentions might be.
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