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Old 05-30-07, 11:29 AM
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Tweaker Bikes

I had a conversation with a cousin who lives in Amsterdam. Evidently the bike theft there makes NYC look tame. He was telling me that after having his fourth bike nicked, he was in a situation where he needed transportation. So he said what the hell and bought a bike from a junkie, used it for a week and left it on the street. He says there are those who you can describe what kind of bike you are looking for and then check back to see what they have. Or say one is looking for a bike exactly like that one, and low and behold it's painted black inside of 24 hours. Ebay and Craig's list may not be far from that.

So, who has the guts to admit they have bought a stolen bike before? And what did it go for? I don't want a stolen bike, I'm just curious.
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Old 05-30-07, 01:04 PM
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There's no difference whatsoever between buying a bike you know to be stolen from a person you know to be a thief, and stealing the bike yourself.

Your cousin is a thief.
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Old 05-30-07, 04:37 PM
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I agree.
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Old 05-31-07, 05:23 PM
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I know people who've bought bikes from places that liquidate police seized stuff. Those were almost certainly stolen bikes... does that count?

There was a place in Vancouver that had rows and rows of awesome bikes, all presumably stolen and somehow seized by the police later.
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Close. I'm just curious, where do all the stolen bikes go? They don't all end up in police impound auctions. My cousin is the only person I've know who's admitted to buying a stolen bike.
This sounds trollish, I'm sorry about that.
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Old 05-31-07, 06:54 PM
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Some of them end up on Craigslist, then stay with the new owner until they get stolen again. Mostly you will see older or less $$ bikes here.

Nice bikes that get stolen end up stripped and on Ebay in pieces.

The rest get sold on the street, exchanged for drugs, or ridden to a destination and then left, to be picked up by the next user.

Some bikes end up in pawn shops but now you are required to provide picture ID and the ser# and description of the item are sent to the local PD, so it is harder to shift stolen stuff thru the pawn broker.
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with bikes approaching the cost of cars it would be nice to have them titled like a car, but that would be pretty damn unlikely, it's very possible to get a cycling group together and "sponsor" the police to have a bike theft crackdown with bait bikes and so forth. Still won't solve the problem unfortunately.
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Old 05-31-07, 07:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Lt.Gustl
with bikes approaching the cost of cars ...
Maybe in Scottsdale.
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Originally Posted by Lt.Gustl
with bikes approaching the cost of cars it would be nice to have them titled like a car, but that would be pretty damn unlikely, it's very possible to get a cycling group together and "sponsor" the police to have a bike theft crackdown with bait bikes and so forth. Still won't solve the problem unfortunately.
I know where I went to college (and several other colleges), there were bike registration services the campus provided.

Here's an article:
http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/1999/08/08-21-99cm/08-21-99cm-10.asp
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