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First day I ride to school and my new bike is STOLEN!!!!!

Old 03-28-11, 02:55 PM
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First day I ride to school and my new bike is STOLEN!!!!!

I got a new bike before the winter and I have been waiting a while to finally take it out. Today, I figured that I would ride to school and then go biking after since I was going to finish my exam at noon.

Some punk decided that a better use of my time would be to talk to the NYPD for a couple hours and try to track down the two asshats that took my bike - from a bike room on the 3rd floor of a building with security guards and cameras.

2010 Focus Cayo (white) w/ a few upgrades (as it was when stolen). Sorry, it's blurry.


They have security video, but my bike is gone (for now). I hate you bike thieves - I hope you get Ebola and bleed out every orifice.

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Old 03-28-11, 02:57 PM
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No way in he'll I'd leave a bike like that in public. Always within sight.

For that matter, I wouldnt ride a bike like that in the city, or anywhere with people around. Highways exclusively.
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Old 03-28-11, 03:09 PM
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That really sucks. The problem with having decent stuff is there's no safe way to keep it. Odds are against you, but I'm hoping things work out.

Even if you can bring a bike inside a building where it is watched, I recommend locking it just to make it a little less convenient to snatch and run.
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Old 03-28-11, 03:11 PM
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ugh sorry. Worthless thieves...
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That blows.
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Old 03-28-11, 03:14 PM
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That really sucks, no way in hell would i ride a bike like that to school though. If i rode my BMC to school i wouldn't expect it to be outside by the time my class is done. Hopefully you find the thief but i highly doubt it considering your in such a big city.
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Old 03-28-11, 03:15 PM
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School and having a nice bike not bolted down does not compute.
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Old 03-28-11, 03:21 PM
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NYC? Damn. If I ever had to ride my "nice" bike to class, I'd just bring it to class with me.
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This is why my nice road bike doesn't ever touch a lock. This is NYC... nothing is safe.

I'd check craigslist and local forums. Focus aren't that common here so it'll probably pop up but also check some of the more nefarious bike shops that buy stolen bikes.

It's also likely to be sold to a delivery person depending what kind of thieves stole your bike. Good luck to you.
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Old 03-28-11, 03:24 PM
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That sucks.
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Old 03-28-11, 03:29 PM
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Sorry for your loss, but... dude, that's not a bike that should be out of eyesight.
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Did the camera show who took it, and at what time? Is the room accessible to just anyone or do they have to sign in and out?
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Old 03-28-11, 03:43 PM
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Sorry for the loss. I'm paranoid driving around with my bike locked in my rack nevermind sitting in some room.
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Sucks. Hope the karma police catch up with them, sooner rather than later.
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Sorry to hear that. Definitely will take all the advice into account if I ever move to NYC
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Wow dude, that sucks!..
That's a lesson I learned years ago.. I left my "low end" road bike, locked up outside ONCE, and never again. I figured, hey, its broad daylight, on a busy street, a sidewalks width from a patio full of people dining at lunch. Who all just sat there as someone took the back end off my bike. I got off lucky, I locked up the frame and front wheel, so they just got my back wheel/cassette, in the hour it took for me to go about my business. I haven't used my lock since! If you plan on riding a bike like that anywhere, you simply cannot leave it alone(it has to come with you), or you will lose it, or anything off it that isn't bolted down.. And people will sit there and watch as your bike is take/taken apart. Thats the world we live in

Like others have said, keep a very close eye on craigslist for your surrounding area for the next month! Hopefully, you've got the serial # written down, and you'll get some info from the tapes, and get your bike back! Good luck to you man!
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You left a bike like that out of your eyesight at school...and not locked inside a room?
Bet you won't do it again. For school? A SS junker. Rule is with bikes, if it means enough to you to not get taken and that bike clearly qualiifes...NEVER let it out of your sight or it will disappear. Thiefs appreciate nice bikes like we do.
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I'd guess you'd say no one is immune from thieft. Must be taught on the second day of class.
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Originally Posted by Davinci.. View Post
Wow dude, that sucks!..
That's a lesson I learned years ago.. I left my "low end" road bike, locked up outside ONCE, and never again. I figured, hey, its broad daylight, on a busy street, a sidewalks width from a patio full of people dining at lunch. Who all just sat there as someone took the back end off my bike. I got off lucky, I locked up the frame and front wheel, so they just got my back wheel/cassette, in the hour it took for me to go about my business. I haven't used my lock since! If you plan on riding a bike like that anywhere, you simply cannot leave it alone(it has to come with you), or you will lose it, or anything off it that isn't bolted down.. And people will sit there and watch as your bike is take/taken apart. Thats the world we live in

Like others have said, keep a very close eye on craigslist for your surrounding area for the next month! Hopefully, you've got the serial # written down, and you'll get some info from the tapes, and get your bike back! Good luck to you man!
I'm sure you've all seen something similar....still always a good shock value

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Old 03-28-11, 05:48 PM
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I agree that it sucks.

I also agree that this is a life lesson, you should not use a good road bike for this purpose, your good road bike should always be inside your apartment (not a bike room) and/or under your ass, and you should have a crappy beater (with a good lock) for school.
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That's a bummer dude, sorry to hear it. Id be fuming.....I definitely would've brought that bike inside my classroom lol then locked it to something in there...like the teachers podium.
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Key question - was it locked?

That bike is nice enough that I would definitely have secured it somehow unless there absolutely was a RELIABLE attendant overseeing the secure area continously, as well as being the person to be held responsible if your bike was stolen under their care. If it's a bike room with no guard, that should have been locked for sure.
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That sucks dood. Next time, use a beater for school and the nice bike later when you get to your apt/closet. Don't even let the nice bike out of your sight or you'll experience deja vu, this is NYC we're talking about.

Lesson Learned.

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