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Tempted to Steal A Bike(25 posts)

Tempted to Steal A BikeMasonJ
Oct 16, 2002 9:16 AM
I was curious, you go to an open and there are all sorts of beautiful bikes all over the place with the owners all over the place ususally engaged in a cookie feeding frenzy, carelessly not paying attention to their bike. This seems to open up the possibilities of theft at these opens. Has anyone been tempted to steal or have had your bike stolen at an open?
NoPEDDLEFOOT
Oct 16, 2002 9:29 AM
Why Not?MasonJ
Oct 16, 2002 9:42 AM
In my world it's considered uncouth.PEDDLEFOOT
Oct 16, 2002 9:53 AM
with all due respect, Mason, I think you may need some, um,bill
Oct 16, 2002 9:43 AM
assistance dealing with your, um, thoughts. I guess most fantasies are okay as long as they remain fantasies, but sociopathic fantasies trouble me at least a little.
I have been tempted to take the cookies and certainly have drooled on the bikes. Tempted to take the bikes? No.
So, where do you live?
with all due respect, Mason, I think you may need some, um,MasonJ
Oct 16, 2002 9:45 AM
San Diego. I am not going to steal bikes. It was just a thought I had at a recent century. Thank you very much.
I actually always have felt pretty safe at cycling events --bill
Oct 16, 2002 10:03 AM
safe in the (probably unfounded) belief that I'm more or less comfortably ensconced in the one community that will NOT take my bike. If nothing else, how would they get it out of there, without leaving their own bike, a massive clue?
re: Tempted to Steal A Bikefbg111
Oct 16, 2002 9:46 AM
I did my first tri a few weeks ago, and certainly didn't like leaving my new bike sitting in the bike lot. It seemed to me that any thief could just put on some running clothes, walk right into the bike lot, and walk away with any random bike he wanted, posing as one of the triathletes. I would never steal somebody's bike, but I was very wary of the possibility of mine getting stolen. As soon as I finished the run I made a b-line to the bike lot to pick mine up.
It would be easygregario
Oct 16, 2002 9:47 AM
The thought that a thief would have easy pickins' at an organized "Tour" has crossed my mind. There is one that my wife and I do where they have a breakfast stop at a church and all these bike are sitting outside relatively unattended. No, I'm not saying I would EVER do it, but if one wanted to I think it would be fairly simple. I have drooled over a new LOOK while the owner was no where to be seen.
death penalty for bike thieveshusker
Oct 16, 2002 9:50 AM
I hate theives, they ought to be killed. It takes premeditation to steal, more thought sometimes than killing someone. I have, in the past been angry enough to seriously hurt someone, but usually restrain myself. I can sometimes understand "heat of the moment" murder. But, to steal, you are taking something that someone worked hard for, sometimes for years, and then it is gone in seconds. To calculate that crime, and then carry it out pisses me off. They gotta go.
death penalty for bike thievesMasonJ
Oct 16, 2002 9:56 AM
How can you understand taking the life of a human that can't be replaced? A bike can be replaced.
death penalty for bike thievesBike Nut
Oct 16, 2002 10:25 AM
A bike is worth replacing!
Capital Punsishment is wrongMasonJ
Oct 16, 2002 11:25 AM
Capital Punsishment is wrongliebejungen
Oct 16, 2002 11:51 AM
Though I think CP for stealing a bike is borderline extreme (and I mean borderline), asserting that it is wrong is a pathetically weak argument, and is probably indicative of the value set which allows one to even waste precious time considering whether or not they would steal a bike, just because they have the opportunity.

Let me make is simple for you.

Q. "Should I steal a bike"
A. "No, it is absolutely, morally wrong"
Q. "ok, nevermind"

There, I saved you some time.

Oh, and if the law were, hypothetically, Death for stealing a bike, I would not feel sorry for they guy who did it. He made his choice, and his choice carries the implication that he is willing to take on the consequence. And yes it is a waste of life, but then, it would in some sense be a case of suicide by choice. Therefore, he wasted his own life by his action.

but i digress...
It is not an argument. It is a statement. (nm)czardonic
Oct 16, 2002 2:47 PM
Capital Punsishment is wrongZyzbot
Oct 16, 2002 1:53 PM
And so is stealing.
In that case, death to thieves and capital punishers! (nm)czardonic
Oct 16, 2002 2:49 PM
Capital Punsishment is wrongMasonJ
Oct 16, 2002 8:27 PM
...so is stealing. I haven't stolen anything. I know it is wrong. I was just asking a hypothectical question. Little did I know it would raise this kind of stink.
re: Tempted to Steal A BikePeely
Oct 16, 2002 9:55 AM
I know when I go to events it is usually with a group of people and at least one of us is always keeping a very close eye on the bikes, although it may not seem so to the casual observer. I would pity anyone who attempted to steal a bike when there are surrounded by cyclists... they would have to be able to run/cycle very very fast!!
Bike thieves SUCK!!!Ken of Fresno
Oct 16, 2002 10:01 AM
I've had three good bikes stolen. One Cannondale road bike taken from my parent's garage, one Canondale mountain bike from my locked car, one Specialized locked up outside of a department store. None of them were covered by insurance. I though for sure I was going to get the home owners company to caugh up the cash to replace the one that was taken from my parent's garage, but since I was over 21 and not living in that house they stiffed me. I hate thives, of all kinds. Get a life. Save your money. Buy the bike you want and a good lock.
It has happened.MB1
Oct 16, 2002 10:14 AM
At the USTS Los Angeles event many years ago the bike finish was in a different place then the run finish.....

Some one pulled a rental van up to the bike area and got away with a van full of bikes. Confusion abounded as the theft was discovered. I believe the USTS replaced the bikes and changed their procedures from then on.
Just a bike? Go big and hit a bank. (nm)onespeed
Oct 16, 2002 11:26 AM
option B, steal onespeed's Meraks w/Record 10. (nm)weiwentg
Oct 16, 2002 3:16 PM
Post the ransom here, with a GREAT BIG picture : ) (nm)Scot_Gore
Oct 16, 2002 6:59 PM
Somtimes i want to go downtown and lean my Klein on a pole...aet
Oct 17, 2002 10:34 AM
with no lock ory anything. then wait for some ne'er-do-well to come and try to take it. this would allow me to see if i can still wrestle and since it would be a sneak attack, it should be fairly easy. plus that might have one would be bike theif break out in a sweat every time he sees an unattended bike.