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Old 09-23-10, 07:47 AM
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Quarq Crank Stolen

I just spoke to my friend from VT and he told me his 2 week old Quarq Crank along with his seatpost/saddle was stolen from his bike (he has lockable Thule roof rack) when he was in MA (Northampton area). I feel bad because I convinced him to get one and one of the features I promoted was how quick it can be removed and moved from bike to bike.

Just mentioning this so that our any Quarq owner here should think about locking their crank with a cable lock as well.
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Old 09-23-10, 07:50 AM
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wow, thats terrible. where was the car parked? i would never think to lock my crankset up, crazy.
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Obviously someone who knows bikes stole it. Your normal thief would never know that the crank was probably worth more then the thief's car.
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Originally Posted by hammond9705
Obviously someone who knows bikes stole it. Your normal thief would never know that the crank was probably worth more then the thief's car.

That's one thing that really sucks about it. The person who stole that crank is likely another road cyclist. Just goes to show there are bad people in every population group.
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As for lockable bike racks, I think they're all pretty much a joke. At best, they'd slow any decent thief down a few seconds, and maybe deter them enough to move on to a slightly easier mark.

My rack has locking QR skewers. I would not rely on them as theft prevention for any extended period of time, or in a particularly bad area.
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One other thought, the number of people with Quarq's, and the potential buyers, is a fairly small universe. Your friend should tell Quarq about the theft, and the local LBS's in case it comes back for service.

Also, perhaps he could post the serial number here, so that anybody that sees a particularly good deal on a Quarq on ebay or CL could check the serial number.
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Originally Posted by AngryScientist
wow, thats terrible. where was the car parked? i would never think to lock my crankset up, crazy.
When my kid rides his bike to school, he even locks up his helmet! People will steal anything.
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He was in a good area in Northampton, just around Smith's College and just went to a bookstore for about 15 min. They know what to get because they also took the cadence sensor that needs the GXP BB cups removed. It just happened this morning
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i second what merlin said, this thing is bound to pop up on ebay, or CL, maybe with the FC community's eyes open, we can help find the thief.
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Yes... He is going to let them know ASAP. I am not sure if he ordered it from them directly. Now I have second thoughts buying it from ebay (not that I can afford it now). I have heard of wheels being stolen off Thule racks but never cranks. First thing insurance asked was if his Thule was locked.
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That's my neck of the woods (no, I didn't steal it). I watch CL like a hawk and ride with a club, as well as a lot of riders in the area. I'll keep my eyes and ears out. If you want, PM your (or your friend's) info to me and I'll keep it on me.
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My rack has locking QR skewers. I would not rely on them as theft prevention for any extended period of time, or in a particularly bad area.[/QUOTE]

I had my Mtn bike ripped out of my QR skewers on my Thule rack years ago. They ended up bending the tray down by the drivers side door and busted up the fork mount. Don't know what they used on it, but they were quick. I was only away from the car for 10-15 minutes
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Does the college there have a cycling team? Might want to let the coach know...
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This is really sad.
Scumbags like these should be flogged by an old rusty suntour cog!
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probably some bum from UMass (my alma mater) did it!
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Not funny. I ride with a guy on their team.
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Yesterday, I saw a girl riding a fairly nice mountain bike on the street. I was impressed how she was standing and pedallling for quite a while, thinking she must be pretty strong to stay out of the saddle like that.

As she got closer, I realized her saddle and seatpost were missing.

I was even more impressed with her HTFU-ness.
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I wouldn't worry too much--the Quarq will need to be sent in soon so the thief will either end up with a non-working Quarq or risk being caught. They do have serial numbers, don't they?

Back in the day, I used to degrease the bolt heads of my SRM and fill them with ShoeGoo or silicone so that it would have to be dug out before the crank could be removed.
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Originally Posted by The_Cretin
I wouldn't worry too much--the Quarq will need to be sent in soon so the thief will either end up with a non-working Quarq or risk being caught. They do have serial numbers, don't they?
Not sure its that likely. Unlike SRM's you don't have to send them in for a battery change. Unless you're particularly handy, tyou do need to send them back to check the calibration. However, I haven't done that in close to two years, and mine seems to have remained pretty accurate (at least compared to my PT).
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Everyone is a suspect. Pay attention.
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"inside job" that made me giggle.

sorry to hear this. later.
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I never, ever leave my bike on the roof rack, period. It is merely a transport device from my ride to my house.
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That really really really sucks...

Hopefully they can find it!
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I just got an idea! Manufacturers of high-end items like the Quarq should have people call/log them in on a yearly basis with proprietary passwords to deter thieves. No?
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Originally Posted by Nachoman
People will steal anything.
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