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Tell us your stolen bike story. Did you get it back? What safety precautions did you take then and now?
 

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3 bikes stolen - not one returned. The first was accidently left outside in the back yard when I was about 12. The 2nd was my rigid, steel trek stolen at college. The bike was in my apartment, I heard a noise downstairs and saw a guy in my living room, he grabbed the bike while running away. Called the campus cops, but they didn't come. The next morning I was told they didn't investigate bike thefts and the claimed they didn't understand that it was a break-in and not a bike stolen that was outside. 3rd bike was the road bike I bought at a garage sale to replace the trek. It was locked to a shelving unit on an enclosed porch. The thief took the shelf, bike, and lock all in one haul. I doubt they got far, the bike was barely ridable.

All in all, I wouldn't have brought a valuable bike to college. I don't keep my bike outside or locked up anywhere. We also made sure our renter's insurance policy covers the bikes.
 

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6 mountain bikes stolen

3 in CO
2 in NYC
1 in boston (chained to the back of my friend's truck... which was stolen). :madman:

i've used it all-- cables, kryptonites, chains... if someone wants your bike, they'll take your bike.

for several years after #6 i didn't even own a lock, as the bike was simply never left anywhere out of my sight... these days i've relaxed enough* to lock my current bike(s) to my jeep (short term instances, like running into store on the way home from a ride).

{*knock on wood}

P.S.: none recovered
 

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I had a bike stolen when I was a kid. My dad bought me a sweet Marin - this must have been in 1991 or so. I was young (10-11) and left it outside, for what I thought was just a few minutes but was more like an hour or so. Came out and it was gone. Never saw it again.

Of course, my grandmother never let me live that down. Would always remind me how much my father spent on the bike, even in my early 20s. It was to the point where I once told her I'd just repay him. She didn't have much of a response for that.

Regardless, it put me in a position where my bike is never out of my site for more than a couple of minutes, and when it is, it's watched by people I trust or it's locked. When I leave my house, I back out of the garage and close it, making sure it's fully closed before leaving (my bikes are in the garage), the garage is alarmed, etc. I'd be pretty hurt if one of my bikes were stolen now.
 

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i had a nice 2005 trek hardtail that i foolishly left unlocked in my unenclosed carport. someone just came along and picked it up. this happened about 5 months ago.

i have a sort of sneaking suspicion as to who did it. if i ever get any proof, it'll be a vicious beat-down and robbing.
 

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I was like 16 and my custom build BMX was robbed from my house. Several months later, found out who did it.
A few broken bones and at least a pint of blood later, justice was served.
 

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My son left his Redline 24" in the yard one night and it was taken. So we're cruising the area a couple nights later and see a teenager on it. We give chase in the car and he ducks between some houses. By the time we get around the block, the kid is gone, but he had dropped the bike. Bike was in good shape, just minus all the stickers...
 

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Had a pacific stolen out of my back yard when I was 10. Thats sucked! We lived in philly though so...

When We moved to a small town in NJ, my Trek 4100 was stolen off my front porch. But thats alright, because with out that getting stolen, I never would have gotten my XC pro, and I wouldn't have been into riding as much as I am now!
 

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It was my first real MTB... A Norco Charger. Nothing to write home about, but 5" of travel and perfect handling had me more than hooked and happy with my new found sport. Since I was still 'new' the guys at the shop/club invited me out to try down hilling. Although now DH on a XC/AM HT sounds stupid now, I was a keen bean back then.

Anyway, after lots of crashes and only 4 runs, I was ready to call it a day. Of course the other boys wanted to do a few more runs. Murray (also a newbie) was going to drive them and I was going to wait with our bikes at the bottom. BUT all the guys were saying "we're in the middle of nowhere!" "come on, if you don't ride, at least chat with us".

So off we went in the Ute (Read: Truck) up the road with our 2 bikes by the side of the fireroad. Once we were at the top, we saw 2 other 4WDs (Read: SUVs) coming up the road and of course thought nothing of it.

Well then of course they were gone. My hard earned $1300 was gone. I was at College and had taken a 'gap' year to save up money. I still had plenty left, but it wasn't so much the money but how bad the feeling was.

The guys were good enough to set out in the Ute in pursuit of the people in the 4WD (it was damn obvious who took them!). They came back about 40min later but to no avail. Bikes were never recovered.

Since then, I NEVER use my MTB for commuting/errands. It's either out on the trail with me or locked to 2 anchors in my garage (same goes for the roadie). My commuter is covered in black tape to make it look fugly and I always use Kryptonite NY locks (although I have accepted that my commuter can be stolen regardless).
 

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homeslice said:
Tell us your stolen bike story. Did you get it back? What safety precautions did you take then and now?
Working in the back yard, had the garage open, middle of the day, somebody felt bold enough to snatch it in the middle of the day. Called the cops, scanned Craigs List, and wrote it off as a loss after about two weeks. Kind of a blessing in disguise I guess, as I hated the bike anyway, and it game me the opportunity to expand my riding by first getting a 29er, and then later on, splurged on an AM bike.

I now ALWAYS have the garaged closed.
 

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Not a whole bike

In college, I had just one bike - a Schwinn Moab with full XT components. Being my only bike, I rode it to classes every day. I never gave it a second thought since I went to such a small school and it everyone was so friendly.

One day, I come out of class and someone had stolen my brakes and punctured my tires. I was so disappointed, it almost would have been better if my whole bike was stolen. The fact that they only took the brakes suggests that 1) it had to be another MTBer and 2) it must have been planned (or they had the hex wrench with them). Up until that point I thought of other MTBers as friends, even if I didn't know them. Then one took a giant crap on my day and ruined my outlook.

To this day I still suspect my roommate.
 

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Same Bike Stolen Twice

My wife i lived in Spain for 3 years (early 90's) and i had a GT Zaskar - it was an awesome bike...
well in 3 years our house was broken into 9 times, car once, in one of the nine times they got my bike, we'd gone out to dinner and cameback and the frontdoor was laying on the floor (fuggin' gypsies) and i was pissed.......

so i hopped into the car and started drivin' around, i was gonna beat someass! so went and filed a policia report they laughed then went to the naval base and filed a report had some pictures of the bike. On the way back home, driving thru the naval base i see this Spanish Navy guy in uniform riding my bike, so i pulled a Uturn in the middle of the road (happened to be in front of a base police patrol, so they proceed to pull me over.... well i kept goin' till i got to the dude on my bike i hop out and stop him and then tell the Base police that this dude has got my bike....." here's the reports and pictures blah blah"... so i grab the bike and start putting the bike into the car...and the spanish dude's like " hey you owe me 20Mil pasetas (~20bucks at the time) "Sorry dude you knew it was stolen, it's mine! - start walkin' b!tch "

then about 6 months later we were getting ready to leave Spain, and the Local movers came to pack our household goods... one of the movers was eyein' my bike..."nice bike" He says...
well all of our stuff was packed and and sealed into bigass wooden crates well bike was gone. Fuggers! yeah we were still there about 3 weeks after our houshold goods were packed and one day we had gone to the beach, and i could have sworn i saw a dude riding my Zaskar...No way i saw it being packed! Get back to the states - get our household goods - unpacked NO BIKE - they also got my porn, music and levis

in retrospect..... yep i should've chased that dude, Fuggin Gypsies!!!

a different case:

Have a Friend down the street bought a Cannondale hardtail few years back from a Police auction, a year later he took it to a local shop for tune-up and they did a serial number check... Came up as stolen...the LBS called the authorities, the police come out to his house to question him about the stolen bike he dropped off at the LBS.

"I bought it from you guys" he replied and showed him the receipt. "Great detective work! " :rolleyes:
 

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I had a really cool Trek road bike that I bought new in 1984 or so stolen right out of my garage in the middle of the day. The bike was everything to me, as I had ridden the crap out of it's predecessor, and I finally had gotten a new bike rather than a secondhand one. We suspected the landscaping crews that worked in the neighborhood, but I never saw that bike again. On the positive side, I bought a cool Basso Tretubi with Shimano 600 as a replacement in 1985. That bike was beautiful! I rode it for 15 years and this week I will be picking up my first singlespeed build using that frame :)

I keep my bikes in the basement now and take them out when I am going to ride. I also have a Yakima roof rack with locks. When my bikes are away from home, they are almost always within sight. The most disappointing thing in recent memory, is the fact that a number of really nice bikes were ripped off from a 24 hour race I did earlier this year! My team had decided in advance to bring long cable locks and a makeshift wood stand for all our bikes, however I didn't think we would need them in the middle of the freakin' desert!!! We did not lock our bikes all the time, and before the race was even over we heard rumors of bikes gone missing. I would have been pissed if my Zaskar or Racer X got ripped off!
 

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Brado, since your bike was stolen during moving, did the military reimburse you? Seems like they should have been responsible since they contracted with local movers.
yeah we filed a claim - we got some $, though not nearly the amount of what was taken - like the movies and music - there weren't any receipts or proof that we had any of it - the porn was a complete loss :rolleyes:

funny right when we were getting ready to leave, we started hearing horror stories about people a week or two after their household goods were packed..... would find their stuff for sale in local markets - family silverware, fine china, clothes, you name it.

the first week we were there, our laundry was stolen from the clothes line on our rooftop.... and for three years walking through town you'd see people wearing your clothes :skep:
 

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My first mtn bike was stolen 3 or 4 years ago. Cadex ALM I had it decked out with the then brand new XO stuff and had a new phil wood BB just to name a few things. Rode my first 24hr race, got home Sunday evening and put it in the garage. Monday morning went out and saw the garage had been broken into and my bike and helmet were the only things stolen.
 

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I had a Balance MTB flogged from the gym a few years back. I rode to gym, and there being nothing to cahin it to, I just chained the back wheel to the frame, and left it in the downstairs foyer. When I went back down it was gone.

A few days later I found a kid hanging around the local shops with my wheels on his bike, so I grabbed him and called the cops.

He told us who he'd got the wheels off, but it turns out the bike had been broken up into parts straight away. The kid got charged and found guilty of the theft, and ordered to pay me $2000 compensation - which of course I have never seen....
 

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About 5 years ago in Brooklyn, I rode my bike to the local gym. Left it outside on the sidewalk locked up with a cheesy lock and cable. I was too lazy to ride back and get my Kyptonite. After my workout I walked outside and it was gone. At first I thought maybe I had brought the bike inside the gym, but then I realized. I got in my car and started driving around crazily looking for any bike resembling mine. Since then, I take my bike into my apartment. I miss my old bike though.
 
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