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Old 11-13-10, 02:12 PM
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Stolen in San Francisco
Also a Black women's Klein....need to find a good picture of it.
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Old 11-13-10, 03:03 PM
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Oh no Pete. Those Filthy rotten scumbags
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Oh MAAANNNN!! How did this happen?

Edit: Just checked Craigslist, neither one is on there. Did you notify the local bike shops? Perhaps a call around to pawn shops too. Or go by (don't call) Karim's shop in Oakland.
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Old 11-13-10, 09:47 PM
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Sorry to read this, Pete!

One thing in your favor, these two bikes won't be easy to hide. Hope you have some kind of insurance to cover your loss. Good luck.
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No! I will keep an eye out for them Pete.
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Aw, Pete, I'm so sorry. Best wishes in recovering them.
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Hope there'll be some good news soon.
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Damn. That is so wrong.
I can't imagine I'll see them, but if I do there will be hell to pay.
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Old 11-14-10, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
...Or go by (don't call) Karim's shop in Oakland.
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Pete, so sorry to read this. I hate thieves! However, I would take Karims w/ a grain of Salt. he was exonerated from all charges. Perhaps that was lost in amongst others.

I may have posted this before:

If you haven't done so, You need to act quick: First, spring into action IMMEDIATELY. The longer it's out there, the less chance you have of ever seeing it again.

1) Call police and report it stolen the *second* you realize it, even if you don't have the serial number with you. The thief might still be riding or wheeling it around, and the police might see them. They'll give you a case number: call later and add the serial number to the case file. Sometimes the case officer will have email and you can send them a picture of the bike, which helps a lot. If not, print/copy one and take it down there yourself to add to the file.

2) Call local bike shops *immediately*. Don't just call the ones that deal in used bikes: thieves will sometimes take it to random places on their way to wherever. In my case, the thief walked right by the Bent Spoke (used bikes, whom I contacted right away) and walked into Tip Top (new bikes only) with a *videotape* of my bicycle, asking "how much is a bike like this worth?" I can't make this up.

3) Post a stolen bike alert in the "bikes for sale" section on Craigslist and put up physical flyers in the area where it was stolen. Offer a reward with no questions asked. Sometimes this works, especially for unusual bikes that are hard to sell, but you have to actually follow through on it. If it does work, stifle your curiosity. Just pay the tax, take your bike, get out of there, and be glad you got it back.

4) Thieves want money, fast. In the East Bay, this means they will often go to the flea market *the next morning* to sell it, usually for pennies on the dollar. Go early: they open at 7 AM and hot stuff tends to get sold in the first few hours. My bike was reportedly gone at 9 AM.

Ashby (Saturday/Sunday)
Laney (Sunday, maybe Saturday also? I get conflicting info)
Oakland Coliseum (Tuesday-Saturday)

I was told by many bike shops that Ashby and Laney were the hot spots, but I hit Ashby in both the morning and evening and I didn't see anything that looked too sketchy. Maybe it's been cleaned up, or maybe I was just there on a good day.

Laney, OTOH, was FULL of hot bikes and other merchandise. I saw probably 6-7 bicycles that were obviously stolen. It's the guys with a booth that looks like the contents of an apartment that are suspicious...when you see someone selling a DVD player, a couple car stereos, some CDs and DVDs, a cell phone, a computer, and a Tommasso with full Ultegra...

Note that the guys that buy and sell low-end bicycles are generally legit. Talk to them and ask them if they've seen your bike. Offer them a cash reward, no questions asked, and leave your *cell phone* (i.e. not your home phone where they can reverse lookup your address). The thief will usually sell a $1000 bike for about $50, so even if you have to pay off the vendor too you're coming out way ahead. If you talk to enough of these guys you will have the flea markets covered. That's how I found out what happened to my bike, though since I went to the wrong market the day it got sold I wasn't able to get it back that way.

The Coliseum evidently also has a lot of hot merch, because that's where my bike went.

5) The advice I got was "stolen property flows downhill towards the Oakland flats", and it's true: my bike was seen at MLK/Ashby on Thursday, 50th/Telegraph and 34th/West on Friday, and was probably sold at the Coliseum on Saturday morning.

6) Start trolling Craigslist and Ebay in case someone is dumb enough to post it up right away. Usually people are smarter and wait a week or two, but you have to check just in case.

Remember, if you post a reward with no questions asked, you may have to pay someone to get your own bike back in a sketchy transaction. This will rankle you, but it'll be a hell of a lot cheaper than replacing your bike.
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Old 11-14-10, 10:44 AM
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Thanks for caring everyone and the good advice. The hardest part is I was just starting to get back into riding and interestingly enough I actually received my "Mission Cycles" frame that day. I was really beat after I brought it home and thought I would build up the bike on Saturday, but I was motivated enough to stay up and actually complete the bike Friday night. I wanted Cathy to see it so I brought it upstairs to my apartment and set it in the Livingroom to stare at it. I think if that had gotten stolen it would have been pretty awful!
My SE fixed gear was left behind by the thieves. I had taken the seat post out to put in my Mission bike which, proves to me they were Crackheads and didn't want to take an incomplete bike that they couldn't boost right away. Basically I have two bikes left.

I know I don't contribute a lot here lately but, it's been the toughest 3 years of my life and I feel every time I take a step forward I get a punch in the face but, I still get to come back here and find solace in seeing what everyone has done and the amazing life changes and accomplishments so many of you have experienced. I'm struggling to get back to where I was on a mental, emotional and spiritual level I was on a few years ago. In the meantime it's just comforting to know I have this little playground to just pull up a bench and watch the kids play. Really, really excellent. Thanks.
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Old 11-14-10, 02:15 PM
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Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post
I know I don't contribute a lot here lately but, it's been the toughest 3 years of my life... In the meantime it's just comforting to know I have this little playground to just pull up a bench and watch the kids play. Really, really excellent. Thanks.
Pete, I'm new here, but it's been easy to see that there are people who really care about you. Maybe just comment on others' threads from time to time, so that they can see that you're still around.

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Old 11-14-10, 03:37 PM
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If you have been lurking on Craiglists, there's a anti-stolen bike cruisader that is on a warpath against a gang of Latino bike thieves. One posting said that they actually follow cyclist home and then rob the home of the cyclist later. That one really freaks me out.
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Old 11-14-10, 06:31 PM
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... it's been the toughest 3 years of my life and I feel every time I take a step forward I get a punch in the face but, I still get to come back...
The name of the game is to get hit and hit back
Some have the speed or the right combination
But it don't mean a thing if you can't take a punch
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Gee whiz Pete, I wish it was anybody but you. Thank God that you are one tough Boston Mick or you would have caved long ago. Stay in the fight until the final bell rings. A guy like you will always have a punchers chance.

To better times...
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Old 11-14-10, 09:18 PM
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Well this sucks. Sorry to hear this Pete - especially as you were just getting back into riding more. Several of us haven't been as active in the forum this year - life has been complex in 2010, and I for one will be looking forward to a simpler 2011.

Still, don't let this hiccup derail your road back to the fold - treasured as they are, they are just bikes - we still have Pete which is the important part of this equation. I still remember your rain soaked Tam ride report in 2007 as being the one thread that made me crack and sign up here. Methinks we need a good old fashioned BF ride before 2010 runs out - nothing too epic, but challenging enough to make it worthwhile for all.....
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I know I don't contribute a lot here lately but, it's been the toughest 3 years of my life and I feel every time I take a step forward I get a punch in the face but, I still get to come back here and find solace in seeing what everyone has done and the amazing life changes and accomplishments so many of you have experienced. I'm struggling to get back to where I was on a mental, emotional and spiritual level I was on a few years ago. In the meantime it's just comforting to know I have this little playground to just pull up a bench and watch the kids play. Really, really excellent. Thanks.
Pete, swing by any time you want, riding or not. You've got a pile of friends here, no matter what, and we're all rooting for you.
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Pete, check FB!!!! Maybe we caught a break!!
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I'm awaiting response from them now.
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I'm awaiting response from them now.
**** man, might as well try this guitar too... https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/laf/2061302370.html

So much scum out there...
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For those of us who are slow, what's "FB"? "Feedback"? "FUBAR"? "Fat Bastard"?

Seriously, though, I don't have clue, and I'd like to.

And Pete, I hope you get yor rigs back. You needed this like a hole in the head. Here's hoping for a happy ending.
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For those of us who are slow, what's "FB"?
Face Book.... you Luddite
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For those of us who are slow, what's "FB"? "Feedback"? "FUBAR"? "Fat Bastard"?
FaceBook?
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For those of us who are slow, what's "FB"? "Feedback"? "FUBAR"? "Fat Bastard"?

Seriously, though, I don't have clue, and I'd like to.

And Pete, I hope you get yor rigs back. You needed this like a hole in the head. Here's hoping for a happy ending.
UPDATE!

I found Pete's magenta Klein through a lost and found posting on Craigslist.. I posted the link on his Facebook acct, so only him/friends could read it (Bikeforums is a public forum).

BUT... it's cool now since it has been confirmed and Pete is picking it up today

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/laf/2060823748.html
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UPDATE!

I found Pete's magenta Klein through a lost and found posting on Craigslist.. I posted the link on his Facebook acct, so only him/friends could read it (Bikeforums is a public forum).

BUT... it's cool now since it has been confirmed and Pete is picking it up today

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/laf/2060823748.html
Fantastic! Great job, Marco.
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