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Bike stolen while riding?....(13 posts)

Bike stolen while riding?....Bruno S
Dec 24, 2002 11:08 AM
Have you ever heard of this happening?

I have friends down in Mexico that have had their mountain bikes stolen at gun point on remote trails. There was also a recent incident of a guy from Brazil traveling on a bike through Mexico that got assaulted.
I just purchased an expensive bike and wanted to know if this ever happens in the US.
I've heard of it happening ...Humma Hah
Dec 24, 2002 11:52 AM
... it is much more likely in urban areas where gangs tend to think they own the place. Know your neighborhoods.
2 summers ago.....Alexx
Dec 24, 2002 12:15 PM
a bunch of 3 or 4 "urban yoots" stole bikes at gunpoint from cyclists on the local MUP. They only bothered with easily resellable bikes (Trek and C'Dale ATBS only, I understand). They got about 5 or 6 bikes before the cops laid a trap on them. They always used the same spot.....
No but after talking with my Bro in Law...PseuZQ
Dec 24, 2002 12:23 PM
I don't ride through certain parts of one SF Bay Area city. He's a former police officer there.

What got to me was when he said, "They'll take that nice carbon bike of yours and trade it for a rock of cocaine."

Carbon? ONE rock?'s way nicer than that.
re: Bike stolen while riding?....aliensporebomb
Dec 24, 2002 9:30 PM
Word to the wise:

Know where you ride, ride fast, don't stop, don't look back!
re: Bike stolen while riding?....moabbiker
Dec 25, 2002 5:23 AM
I'd love to live in an area where this is going on. A nice two man vigilante trap can be set up with ease. These losers are always unfit trash to society that need to learn a hard lesson.
The only thing is a gun tends to even the playing fieldPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Dec 25, 2002 8:12 PM
They may be unfit but no matter how fit you are unless your superman your screwed if someone else has a gun and is out of range of you. A knife if you know how to disarm a person you might have a chance but not with more than a couple people against you.

Lighten up there Charles Bronson!serbski
Dec 25, 2002 8:36 PM
Always carry a can of Whoop-Ass on the bike...nmWhoisJohnGalt
Dec 25, 2002 6:41 AM
Can of Halt not a bad idea thoughAlpedhuez55
Dec 26, 2002 6:30 AM
If you are going to be riding though bad neigborhoods, a can of halt or pepper spray is not a bad idea. If you get stopped by one or two people, it can help. You can velcro it to your stem.

I heard a story last week about a guy being chased in a suburb North of Boston by a gang of 20 teenagers wanting his mountain bike. He was able to out ride them. Most police departments could care less about a stolen bike. They will just have you fill out a report unless you are beaten up badly. If a missing bike is turned into a police station, half the time they disappear.

Just try to aviod areas where gangs get together. And avoid stopping if you can.

Mike Y.
Happened here in DC a year or so agopmf1
Dec 26, 2002 6:50 AM
Some woman who was riding what the local news described as "a very expensive mountain bike valued at $1600" on a remote section of Rock Creek got jumped and the guy took off with her bike. I think they later caught the guy, but I'm not sure.

Its my impression that crooks want mtn bikes, not road bikes -- good for us. I also think that the chances of this happening are pretty remote. My biggest fear is still a redneck in a pickup truck.
On the bike trailB123
Dec 26, 2002 11:14 AM
There's a 60+ mi bike trail in Sacramento, CA where that's happened a couple times. They tend to happen in the end that runs through the ghetto area, lots of people living in the overgrowth along the trail.

A friend of mine was commuting home from work and encountered three guys. I remember him saying that if somebody jumped in front of him he would give the assailant a shoulder while sprinting past. But after the incident he said that you don't really argue with a guy swinging a bat. Anyways, one in front with a bat and two behind. There was a pause while they looked each other over and he said "one of you won't be walking away from this". Then a fellow commuter rolled around the corner and they took off. My friend was riding a non-descript steel road bike with fenders and panniers....

I haven't heard of anything happening in a while, the trail is thoroughly patrolled and riders/runners have been out in groups.

I say give ‘em the bike, I'd probably offer my patch kit and clif bar too!

On a side note: I remember seeing a guy, completely naked, surrounded by ladies underwear, lying in the center of the trail one handing it. We managed to scare him off and told the ranger. Wierd.
roadies should start packin' heat! nm =)empacher6seat
Dec 26, 2002 9:36 PM