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Stripped bikes(5 posts)

Stripped bikesBrooks
Jul 15, 2002 3:00 PM
A couple of weeks ago, we had a thread on camouflaging commuter bikes. It got me thinking about a bike I saw while at Berkeley in the mid/late 70's. This was a road frame, I don't recall that it was a particularly nice bike or had great components. I remembered seeing it locked (Kryptonite U-lock) to a post on campus for quite some time as parts slowly started disappearing. First the front wheel (only locked the rear wheel and frame to the post) and saddle, then handlebars, derailleurs, fork, pedals, cranks and bottom bracket (had to bring BB tools). This went on over many months. The odd part was when the rear tire/tube and then the rear wheel disappeared. Remember, these were locked so the thief had to cut the rim off. And the wheel had long since been tacoed so maybe the hub was usable but not much else. The wrecked and rusting frame stayed locked for close to a year before it finally disappeared as well (lock and all, so I'm thinking the campus police cut it off). Has anyone else seen this gradual degradation of a bike? Versus the "steal every part we can strip in 3 minutes" variety.
Jul 15, 2002 3:30 PM
Oddly enough it is always a POS MTB.

I just wonder who it is that has BB tools and REALLY WANTS that Huffy bottom bracket?

I'm gonna start stripping POS cars that park near my house for too long.

Some things never change.czardonic
Jul 15, 2002 3:32 PM
I live in Berkely now, and every time I cross campus I see at least a half dozen bikes in various states of sublimation.
Some things never change.Pygme
Jul 15, 2002 3:41 PM
I left a MTB locked to the Barracks of A co 3/58 Aviation ATC in Camp HUmphreys KOrea in 1990. If it is still there, you can have it.

Corporal Vazquez
why is it?ColnagoFE
Jul 16, 2002 7:07 AM
why is it that i always see wheels tacoed (ie kicked in) if they sit overnight on a bike rack? do college students get drunk and decide its a fun event to go kick in bike wheels?