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Bike stolen by stupid thief . . .morrison
Feb 21, 2002 7:40 AM
I went out to the garage this morning at 4:30 to ride the rollers. I was out of town on business until yesterday morning, and this was my first work out since Sunday. Unfortunately, I must have left the back door open over the weekend, b/c one of my bikes was gone, along with a large Craftsman tool box, my hedge-trimmer, a weed-eater, and (I think) a 50 lb. bag of dog food.

The funny thing is whoever pulled off this caper took my 1991 (?) REI mtb that I have not ridden in 6 yrs (I confess . . . I am a packrat, and will not get rid of a bike, no matter what) and left my CAAD 5, my ti, my fixed, and a case of bike tools worth far more than what was in the Craftsman. (Also . . . the weedeater didn't work.)

BTW . . . my nice bikes are now proudly occupying the den, much to my wife's distress.
Some stupid kid, you're lucky. Hope wife understands nmPaul
Feb 21, 2002 7:49 AM
Face it, thieves are stoopidpmf1
Feb 21, 2002 7:50 AM
A friend of mine had a garage break-in. He had 3 road bikes, each worth several thousand dollars and an old Specialized Rockhopper. The thief took the Rockhopper. Needless to say, the bikes are now kept in the basement.

Maybe the grey market for bikes is all mtn and little road. These guys have no idea that you can spend hundreds on a wheel. Might not be a bad strategy to get an old mtn bike to keep with the road bikes for thief protection. .
questionHardy Harhar
Feb 21, 2002 8:01 AM
where was the wife (and dog- I assume you have a dog if you have dog food) during all this?
Answer: Must have . . .morrison
Feb 21, 2002 8:06 AM
happened during the day. Wife works, and I live on a parcel of land that is about an acre. I (stupidly) built a dog run on the south side of the parcel, and the garage is attached to the north side of the house. I'm sure they barked, but that's not that unusual. I am rethinking my deployment of canine resources as we speak!
re: Bike stolen by stupid thief . . .MJ
Feb 21, 2002 8:26 AM
when I was in Unversity (early 1990's) I often visited my parents in Waco, Texas - the mtb. riding at Cameron Park is world class - I often left my Bridgestone MB1 hanging on a hook in the garage next to my Dad's cheap, rarely ridden, Raleigh

one weekend I was in town - my bike was filthy, my Dad's bike however was spotless - I absent mindedly left the garage door open and went inside - came back 30 minutes later to find my filthy $1200 bike hanging in the garage - the clean, cheap Raleigh had been stolen

at first I was offended - now I think a cheap mtb. is a great thief deterrent - especially if there are road bikes around - fact is teenagers steal most bikes and road bikes aren't cool to most teenagers

heard a story at lunch about a guy who didn't have any money to get his plumbing fixed and therefore didn't have indoor facilities for a few weeks - he was forced to make do and, er, biolgical waste was wrapped in newspaper which was put in a plastic bag - for final disposal, the plastic bag with contents, was tranferred to an upmarket shopping bag and left on the backseat of his car, with the window down in a busy shopping area - there never failed to be a theft of the upmarket shopping bag and all contents - I would pay to have been able to see the guys face when he looked inside the bag for stolen goodies
I'm just amased you ride rollers at 4:30 am! (nm)ColnagoFE
Feb 21, 2002 8:31 AM
I know. 2 kids + 12 hr/d 6d/w = no other time to ride nmmorrison
Feb 21, 2002 9:33 AM
I hear ya...have 2 kids too, but am not as motivated as you (nm)ColnagoFE
Feb 21, 2002 10:01 AM
What you need ismuncher.
Feb 21, 2002 8:51 AM
A decoy - A Colnago - say, a worthless one with a cracked head-tube, to protect the rest of your stable...:-]
What you need ismhinman
Feb 21, 2002 9:43 AM
That will set you back $500 on ebay :)
re: Bike stolen by stupid thief . . .zero1
Feb 21, 2002 9:33 AM
back in may someone broke into my apt and left everthing alone except a deroas road bike and a specialized mtb...just luckily i had insurance....
stupid bike thiefTig
Feb 21, 2002 10:35 AM
I had a similar experience in college. I was into BMX and freestyle. They passed up my black SE Quadangle and Haro freestyle for an older chromed mid-range bike. Chrome was all the rage in those days.

I think that some thieves steal for themselves and not for pawning, therefore they take what they will use and pass up the stuff that they don't care about. This is just one more reason I hope that road cycling never gets too popular!
Road bikes are not usefulLC
Feb 21, 2002 10:37 AM
Mt bikes are more useful to novice bikers and have better resell potential on the black market. Road bikes are only useful to other road bikers like us. At least we know the thief was probably not someone who reads this forum ;)
Rental InsuranceRutterMan
Feb 21, 2002 11:05 AM
I have several expensive things in my apartment, the usual stuff like TV's laptops, DVD player, etc. It wasn't until I bought my nice road bike that I got rental insurance, it goes to show that for some of us its more than the money.
What would they do with 50lb of dog food?Dutchy
Feb 21, 2002 4:17 PM
Why would anyone steal a heavy bag of dog food. Makes you wonder what these idiots are thinking, if their thinking at all.

A few years ago my flatmate had his bike stolen from an open garage that he refused to close the roller door.
I told him repeatedly that one day his bike was gonna go missing, if he left the door open. Well eventually it disappeared,
a very nice Giant Cadex MTB. When I heard about the theft I quickly checked my bike which was locked in a small shed
behind the main garage, it was still there. Then a week later the little buggers came and stole that one too.

Now I keep my bikes in the house, like most people I guess.

It was Woof! It was Woof! BWAHAHA! [nm]Ahimsa
Feb 21, 2002 5:08 PM
lolol nmWoof the dog
Feb 21, 2002 9:17 PM
feed it to a dogdiggler
Feb 21, 2002 5:16 PM
or eat it- maybe it was a homeless guy
re: Bike stolen by stupid thief . . .VetteRacer
Feb 22, 2002 1:19 AM
Just talked to a friend that works for a Police station, said they have a nice Cannondale CAD (not sure on model) road bike with some Look pedals... a cyclist cop (in a car at the time) saw some hoodlum riding it with normal shoes, questioned him... Took him and the bike to the station

Just a story, no real meaning.
re: Bike stolen by stupid thief . . .69 Bottechia
Feb 22, 2002 4:46 AM
The only way my Bottechia made it thru the seventies was it was disguised with fenders and no front derailluer, single chainring a rack. Cheap bikes were stolen all around it. By the way I still have it and ride it.
The other year I thought it had finally been stolen only to find a month later I had put it in the trunk of my antique car.
and what pedals?cyclopathic
Feb 22, 2002 9:44 AM
the answer is simler sometimes ;)
re: Bike stolen by stupid thief . . .Helduser
Feb 22, 2002 11:52 AM
Good bikes are works of art and should be kept in places like the den or in my case the living room hanging on the wall.