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Old 05-07-07, 12:24 PM
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my bike is keeping me company in my office right now.
is there not some place inside you could store your new bike...like some storage closet or something?
that's the safest thing to do.
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Since the hotel is newer, there's a greater chance they're not using VHS to record the video; they may be using a DVR. Most DVRs built for security purposes can record 16 channels of video for 15 days or more (depending upon how they have it configured), so you may have time to go back. Keep in mind the hotel owns the video and is under no obligation to share it with you... but if you can get on security's good side and get a copy, putting it on youtube would be a more powerful APB than going to NYPD. But you're going to have to find a pretty sympathetic guard; it's probably against policy for him to even show you the video in the first place. If you can't get the actual video, getting a screenshot would be a nice second choice. It's a two minute task if they're using DVRs.

I would file a PD report too; not in any hopes that the cops would do anything about it, but so if this guy ever IS caught, there's a slim chance he might get ID'd to your case and get two charges instead of one.
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Originally Posted by pretendlee
i HAD a kryptonite NY chain lock, older version (not bic pen-able). i dont have insurance as i bought it hand-me-down used. so forget about that guarantee. what's crazy is that we caught the thief's face and actions on tape and i thought about calling the police, the head of security at our hotel advised againt it. he said that he was NYPD for 4 years and he was certain that they wouldn't do anything about it, even if we knew where the bike was! he said NYC wasn't a bike freindly city, and i knew that having been arrested twice just for riding critical mass.

i will cross-post. and i have been looking at a windsor. thanks for the suggestions
put the video on you tube and get is face out one the interwebs

how many people / dispatchers do we know that are cruising the series of tubes on the clock
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cheapest room in that hotel is $400
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Originally Posted by gfrance
That really sucks big time. As one who locks up on the street most days, you make me a bit afraid to continue doing so especially when it gets rebuilt with the soon-to-be IRO frame. Only thing in my favor is all the security swirling around the building. But if somebody wants it, they'll get it.
hey gfrance, why are you locking up with a U-lock + cable lock instead of 2 U-locks? Wouldn't it take longer for a thief to cut through 2 U-locks than a U-lock + cable lock?
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one theory says that thieves carry one type of tool and cant handle two types of locks

my hypothesis is that this technique causes stolen bikes
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one theory says that thieves carry one type of tool and cant handle two types of locks
That's what I've always been told.
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Originally Posted by bellweatherman
hey gfrance, why are you locking up with a U-lock + cable lock instead of 2 U-locks? Wouldn't it take longer for a thief to cut through 2 U-locks than a U-lock + cable lock?
But you only need to cut the U to take that bike anyway, If you have a car you can toss it in.
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Originally Posted by Ziemas
But, remember that’s with sparks flying…and lots of noise….“the noise and commotion this created would draw a crowd unless you’re silly enough to park your bike in a cave”. Thieves do not like to draw attention to themselves, it is detrimental to them staying out of jail.
BS, Kryptonite! Here's a video proving how apathetic passersby are of bicycle theft:http://youtube.com/watch?v=5TNTq3nhuh0

Pretendlee, I know the NYC crowd is pretty supportive in recovering stolen bikes. Hope you get your bike back.
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I was actually about to post that video.
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tells us if you can get the video!
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Originally Posted by 3Lph
I was actually about to post that video.

Like car alarms, I guess the time has come for bike alarms.
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best of luck sorting out your situation. stolen bikes are always bad news.
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As far as shops, maybe check Busy Bee Bikes. It's on 6th St. between 1st Ave & Ave A. Accidently came upon it on vacation there during spring break. The place was PACKED with what appeared to be all used bikes and parts. The owner seemed nice enough, but I still got an uneasy feeling, when we were riding up, some guy was bringing in probably 6 or so bikes, seemed kind of odd. Hopefully I'm wrong about that though.
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I have a 52cm Peugeot with 700c wheels that's just about ready to go. It really needs some work in the way of spacing over the chainring for a better chain line, but it's pretty much ready to go. I can let it go pretty cheap.
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hey guys. thanks for the reponses and concerns. i've got alot of good advice about getting a new (old) road bike so i think i will have one soon. thanks!

as far as the video. i worked tonight and spoke to the guards (who are really cool and im not hating on them at all), i might get a DVR of the incident this weekend, at which point i will post online, of course. lets make this ******* famous. it was MY decision not to get the cops involved cause i didn't want them dicking around at my new job.

as far as what happened on the video, its hard to tell. its not clear enough. we can see him walking up the street pretty well but the bike was a bit out of range so i don't know what the tool was exactly. im guessing it was a angle grinder. it took him less than two minutes to get the bike so it was obviously a power tool, no one passed the whole time. its worth mentioning that the hotel is situated right by a homeless shelter and a methadone clinic, its obviously not the best place to park a bike that has hundreds of dollars worth of parts on it. its my fault , at the end of the day i shouldve parked on second ave.
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Originally Posted by Falkon
I have a 52cm Peugeot with 700c wheels that's just about ready to go. It really needs some work in the way of spacing over the chainring for a better chain line, but it's pretty much ready to go. I can let it go pretty cheap.
52 is too small for me but thanks. 53 is too small for me but im really thinking about this one, check it:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA:IT&ih=019


it's fun shopping for a bike. isnt it?
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Originally Posted by bellweatherman
hey gfrance, why are you locking up with a U-lock + cable lock instead of 2 U-locks? Wouldn't it take longer for a thief to cut through 2 U-locks than a U-lock + cable lock?
absolutely. 2 u locks and a busy ave is the way to go. cable locks are like toilet paper to bike thieves. even in NYC no bike thief is going to risk going through two u locks on a heavily trafficked area. if i had an IRO that i left out for long hours thats what i would do in the future. my chain lock alone with city eyes wouldve been enough. i just got lazy and parked at a bad spot. be safe people,
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Originally Posted by doofo
one theory says that thieves carry one type of tool and cant handle two types of locks

my hypothesis is that this technique causes stolen bikes
if a thief carries a power tool that can cut through a chain or u-lock a cable lock is worthless, 2 seconds
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Originally Posted by pretendlee
if a thief carries a power tool that can cut through a chain or u-lock a cable lock is worthless, 2 seconds
Exactly. Any tool that can cut through a NYFU chain in two minutes
isn't going to flinch at a cable lock. Two beefy U-locks sound like the
best bet to me.
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Sky blue Schwinn conversion for sale?
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Hey gfrance way to advertise your ride. Good luck holding onto it past next week.
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Originally Posted by sickboymh
Hey gfrance way to advertise your ride. Good luck holding onto it past next week.
Yeah dude, he totally ****ed up. Now all you need to do is find
that black IRO in New York, then STEAL IT! Should be fairly easy.
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Originally Posted by bonechilling
Exactly. Any tool that can cut through a NYFU chain in two minutes
isn't going to flinch at a cable lock. Two beefy U-locks sound like the
best bet to me.

What about 1 u-lock + 1 small chain lock? I read somewhere that having two different kinds of lock means that the thief will have to carry two different types of tools to defeat both locks. The idea is that you're better off with 2 different types of locks. Agree? I'm still down for a bike alarm idea.
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Originally Posted by bellweatherman
What about 1 u-lock + 1 small chain lock? I read somewhere that having two different kinds of lock means that the thief will have to carry two different types of tools to defeat both locks. The idea is that you're better off with 2 different types of locks. Agree? I'm still down for a bike alarm idea.
Then why not two U-locks? Because anything that can cut through
one U-lock will also make quick work of any chain.
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