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Grr. Commuter bike stolen today. Mpls riders heads up....(8 posts)

Grr. Commuter bike stolen today. Mpls riders heads up....aliensporebomb
Jul 10, 2003 8:51 PM
I have been parking my commuter bike in the parking garage
of the building I work in. It's got a loading dock with a
space just before it that has immovable areas to lock bikes
to as well as secured doors to the loading dock.

Lately since the specter of terrorism has most building
property managers having kittens they've been locking the
doors to the loading dock so not only is the bike locking
area not visible to security but anyone can walk in there.

I've been using a Specialized Hardlock Rapper lock and found
it totally inadequate for what I was trying to use it for.
I'm guessing they used a bolt cutter and just removed it and
rode away.

Anyway:
I wrapped the cable around the rear wheel, then thru the
frame, then thru the front tire and locked it to the
immovable barriers we have in our lock-up area.

I came out to my bike when it was time to go home to find
the bike and all remains of the lock gone (and in fact,
two other cyclists had used the space where I'd locked up
for their own bikes).

It's just a cheap hybrid but it was somewhat new looking
and I think that's what did me in.

I've seen medium to high end Kona and Cannondale mountain
bikes locking up there using U locks, or a combo of U-locks
and cable.

I'm getting a Kryptonite New York chain since this is too
expensive to just happen unanswered.

Anyway, here's a picture of the cheap Specialized Crossroads
I was riding (it only had 140 miles on it!).

If anyone sees it or has any ideas where I might be able to
find it (someone may have pawned it) I'd appreciate it.

Also, sources for a more road-bike like experience would be
helpful (Goodwill maybe? Penn Cycle's used barn?) but I'm
not going to want to spend a ton on it since the last thing
I need to do is piss $250 away on something that's just
going to get stolen again.

If I could find a cheap used road bike that would even
work for me. The hybrid was probably too new looking.
I likely needed to plaster it with stickers and put
crap wheels on it.

Anyone with any ideas please run them my way if you would.

Thanks in advance.
Sorry to hear that, good luck hope you find it 'nm'tmotz
Jul 10, 2003 11:18 PM
Bummerfiltersweep
Jul 11, 2003 3:52 AM
Too bad those bikes are so common
keep your eyes opencyclinseth
Jul 11, 2003 6:24 AM
last fall I had my commuter stolen out of my basement. Some criminal(s) broke thru a steel hatch that leads from the sidewalk into the basement and grabbed my bike. After a couple weeks of mourning and cursing the fates I had chalked it up to a learning experience. In the spring I had moved to a new nieghborhood and thought to take an evening walk through my new environs. While walking down the main street I happened by a taco/burrito bar. Behind the store-front window stood my long-lost bicycle. I couldn't believe it. I had thought there was no way on earth I would ever see that thing again. I went in and haggled with a kid who was using it as a delivery bike. In any case, I got my bike back.

BTW, I live in Brooklyn, and it was only about a 1/2 mile from where it was stolen from.
Building security might have the guy on tapePdxMark
Jul 11, 2003 9:25 AM
Our building has an email posted showing security tape images of a guy who stole a bike in another nearby building. There may be camera tape showing the guy leaving with your bike. Check with building security soon so the tapes aren't written-over.
Building security might have the guy on tapealiensporebomb
Jul 11, 2003 10:23 AM
I spoke to building security this morning and they were
going to review the tapes. My guess is that it was taken
in the morning hours. In fact, I need a new bus pass today
so I'll be dropping by security again to see if they learned
anything. Thanks for the recommendation.
Bike fit quesrion:Alexx
Jul 11, 2003 9:30 AM
Is that bike too small for you, or do you actually like riding with your knees up in the air? That seat was waaaay too low. FWIW, if the seat were higher, a lot of crackheads wouldn't even consider swiping it.
Bike fit quesrion:aliensporebomb
Jul 12, 2003 8:40 AM
That was taken when the bike was literally five minutes off of
the bike rack in the back of the car. It got raised a few
inches later on, but that's the only picture I have of it.

Looks like building security has a videotape of the theft
happening, stay tuned.