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I went for a solo ride to tinker with suspension. I bumped into Brandon Fairclaw and Kyle Strait on the local trails - pretty cool.

Met my girlfriend after the ride and we got lunch, parked car and sat in a location to watch my bike. It was locked to an external hitch rack. I went to pay and proceeded to walk outside and the bike was gone in seconds- lock cut. I couldn't believe it as this just went down with Dom a few months ago. Since then we have upped security and always park so that we can watch the bikes. I am now going to have to get a contraption like Dom - his blue snake!

Anyway, my girlfriend luckily and randomly found it many blocks away. Cops showed up immediately and got it, as I was trying to find her location as I was driving in another part of town.

It is back safe and secure, nothing wrong with it. I am in a mix of emotions at the moment, but glad everything ended well.

I guess no more eating after rides or the bike comes inside with me!!!!
 

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Wow are you ever lucky... to see those guys on your trails...ha ha.

Really I meant about getting your bike back...whew!!! :thumbsup:
 

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Good for you. Really glad it had a good ending. Wonder if the jerkoffs followed you to restaurant and were just waiting for that perfect opportunity. What is the contraption you are referring to?
 

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Ugh. I hate these stories.

How come we never hear stories about bike thieves getting caught in the act, and getting their ass beat? Are they that good? That fast?
 

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You got LUCKY!!

Guess you cant let them out of site in your neck of the woods. Need to put one of those big Kryptonite locks through each wheel and use 1/2" thich steel chain and another lryptonite lock to secure the chain. Was the guy riding it or did they throw it in the back of a truck and drive away?
 

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I get back from a round of golf to....

...a couple of texts from Jamie.

2:42 p.m. - "bike was stolen......F*ck!"

3:38 p.m. - "Got it back! :) "

I thought it was he was screwing with me, but to my surprise he pulled through it like a gem. He got to expreience my pain, but luckily his bike was found. He forgot to mention that he had my brand new Kashima coated Fox 40 on his bike. :eek: He is testing it out to see what he wants to do. :thumbsup:

He was riding some local trails in Santa Cruz. The boys have been training with Curtis Keene this winter to get their fitness up for the season.

The 'blue snake" he was referring to is a 1/2" linked 10' chain that i put some blue irrigation hose over to keep it from banging up my parts. I have a tungsten stell lock on the end of that thing, as well.
 

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I was riding trails in Santa Cruz. The location where my bike was stolen was a neighboring town about 20 minutes away. Dom's was stolen in Santa Cruz.

Dom's bike was in his truck and we believe they hoped in the back to cut through the locks. Afterwards, I thought my external hitch bike rack may be a little better because it is much more visually open -NOT!

I doubt the thieves planned it, I think i just happen to pay when they went for my bike.

Yes very lucky and happy to be going on a ride in 1 hour.

Blue snake - Dom bought heavy duty chain and wrapped it in tubing, which is fairly long with double locks. He should post a picture of his masterpiece.

Most of us have never had this happen or even heard of friend's bike being stolen. It may be a sign of the times with the economy or just bad luck...regardless folks should take extra precaution.

blcman - that was a funny reply:)!!!
 

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If I'm alone I never leave the bike in my truck, if there's 2 of us one person always stays. I don't know if bike theft is big around where I am but I have a feeling I would lose all self control and probably kill someone who stole my bike.

Glad you got your bike back. How was she able to find it blocks away? Was someone riding or did they just have it outside of a house?
 

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WOW,
Glad you got it back. could have been me yesterday. I went to the handmade bicycle show in Austin and almost left my bike in the truck bed (locked of course), but at the last minute decided to take the wheels off and shove it inside the cab. A friend in Denver I rode with had one of these.

http://www.rockymounts.com/FlyTrap_p/0150.htm

It has a clam shell design that locks around a 20mm axle making it difficult to "access" without a key. I thinking it may be better than a cable lock.
 

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Magsrgod said:
If I'm alone I never leave the bike in my truck, if there's 2 of us one person always stays. I don't know if bike theft is big around where I am but I have a feeling I would lose all self control and probably kill someone who stole my bike.

Glad you got your bike back. How was she able to find it blocks away? Was someone riding or did they just have it outside of a house?
Thanks...

I am not from California, but my girlfriend is, and she luckily drove to the automotive industrial section of town and then saw the bike across the front lot of one of the shops. She called me and called 911 immediately. Cops got there before me, because I was lost and this street was really an alley.

The cops kept me away from all of it, so I have no clue what anyone looks like, etc. Supposedly, whoever stole it, drop the bike off quickly and was going to get a vehicle to drive it up to another town about 1 hour away. So whoever this was, did not have a vehicle and needed one. If this person had a vehicle, I would have been SOL. I am not sure if the cops were coming back with an unmarked car or whatever to catch him.

It was also a good thing that I had a picture of it on my phone - showed the cop, easy as that.

It was just luck that she went that direction and thought about the area and happen to see it. It is a pretty easy bike to recognize.

It is a weird feeling losing your bike and then getting is back within 20 minutes! I hope no one experiences any of this!
 

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The most unusual part of the day...

Dominator13 plays golf?! I actually know this, but it is still funny;)!
 

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Wow dude - crazy story. Still want to hear the missing part about how your honey actually found the bike...?

Funny story - last week my wife woke up in the middle of the night and from the kitchen window shouted that the garage door was wide open (bikes!!!!). I bolted out of bed and charged outside in the snow and 20 deg weather - fully naked - ready to do battle.....only to find everything untouched.

My kegerator is in the garage and i had forgotten to go out and lock up after a few beers. **** i was hyperventilating and shaking. That was bad enough...cant imagine losing my bike.

Glad you had a happy ending to a cool day.

Had my first ride back (8 weeks) after breaking my hand...NOW....I am ready for the Chilly...there was no rush before yesterday.
 

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holy ****,,,, youre one unlucky/lucky dude ( sorry no pun intended) thats awesome to hear you got the bike back so soon,,,, i would have been wanting to rip some ones head off, i can still remember that feeling when our bikes got nicked back in 1992, when we were 15. it's aweful,,,, we knew who it was who broke into our shed, and justice was done vigilante styleeeeeeeeeeeeeee. cant believe the cops didnt let you basj that fooooooooooooookers head in, it would be one less thief for the state to pay for,

when it comes to securing your bikes you got to look for quality chains, most of these cycle specific locks and even some motor cycle locks have hollow links to make them lighter and easier to carry, unfortunatly this makes them easier to cut as well, what you need is a good solid link chain, there are a few companies over here in the uk that make them not to sure about the usa,
http://www.almax-security-chains.co.uk/
watch the video on the home page, it will open your eyes,

these guys here also do some nice security products,
http://www.torc-anchors.com/padlocks.php
 

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Funny Story...

Muttonchops said:
Wow dude - crazy story. Still want to hear the missing part about how your honey actually found the bike...?

Funny story - last week my wife woke up in the middle of the night and from the kitchen window shouted that the garage door was wide open (bikes!!!!). I bolted out of bed and charged outside in the snow and 20 deg weather - fully naked - ready to do battle.....only to find everything untouched.

My kegerator is in the garage and i had forgotten to go out and lock up after a few beers. **** i was hyperventilating and shaking. That was bad enough...cant imagine losing my bike.

Glad you had a happy ending to a cool day.

Had my first ride back (8 weeks) after breaking my hand...NOW....I am ready for the Chilly...there was no rush before yesterday.
Funny story...

Good to hear you are back on the bike! Yep, once you can ride you want the new stuff;)!
 

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Delirian - thanks for the security info. I am going to spend some time and get it right to avoid this ever happening again!
 

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no worries matey,,,,, just sharing the info we found, and helping to prevent you making the same mistakes we did lol..... my brother and i spent a few hundred quid on abus locks thinking they were good, until we watched that documantary on bike theft, in the documenatry they showed them guys from almax cutting all these so called top of the range locks, it took less than 10 seconds to snip the locks we had, so we imediatly got online and orderd a few of their chains lol. better to be safe than sorry,
 

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All I can say is you better take your girlfriend out for a REALLY nice dinner for rescuing your bike for ya. Maybe a foot massage as well........
You, obviously, have never met Jamie. She knows how bad life would be at home if that bike were to disappear. :D
 
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