|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? Puhleeze...it'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 field||PODIUMBOUNDdotCA|
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...nm||WhoisJohnGalt|
Dec 25, 2002 6:41 AM
|Can of Halt not a bad idea though||Alpedhuez55|
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.
|Happened here in DC a year or so ago||pmf1|
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 trail||B123|
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