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(Sun Sentinel)   Inside the dark, terrifying world of black market bicycles   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 81
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2013-04-21 08:12:41 AM  
... or... The headline could read, "Woman have trouble communicating their emotions to men," but that might suggest that men are not 100% to blame.
 
2013-04-21 09:02:20 AM  

bronyaur1: ... or... The headline could read, "Woman have trouble communicating their emotions to men," but that might suggest that men are not 100% to blame.


It's probably because the men are in the completely wrong thread.
 
2013-04-21 09:13:52 AM  

bronyaur1: ... or... The headline could read, "Woman have trouble communicating their emotions to men," but that might suggest that men are not 100% to blame.


The headline could also read, "Men who biatch about how oppressed they are generally don't know what the fark they're doing at any given moment."
 
2013-04-21 09:54:33 AM  
Either way bike, teethed vaginas, it ends up like this.
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2013-04-21 09:55:06 AM  
I'd wouldn't even think about chaining my bike anywhere in Harvard Square. Bikes are stolen there like there's no tomorrow.

One girl I know didn't do herself any favors when her bicycle was stolen though. She had just got a expensive bicycle and locked it to a fence. But she only locked up the quick removable front wheel, so when she came back later on the front wheel and the lock were the only thing left.
 
2013-04-21 09:57:40 AM  
This is why I ride a bike fit for a homeless person. The rust and messed up gears are anti-theft.
 
2013-04-21 09:58:20 AM  
Obligatory:
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2013-04-21 09:59:25 AM  

adamatari: This is why I ride a bike fit for a homeless person. The rust and messed up gears are anti-theft.


I though you rode a bike built from a homeless person. I was impressed with your recycling.
 
2013-04-21 10:00:15 AM  
   As someone who owns a very expensive bike I am not getting a kick....
 
2013-04-21 10:02:27 AM  
Did they check the basement of The Alamo?
 
2013-04-21 10:20:04 AM  
I buy $10 bikes to tour Montreal with.
Stenciling POLICE DECOY  in French helps.
 
2013-04-21 10:20:33 AM  

New Age Redneck: As someone who owns a very expensive bike I am not getting a kick....


What's your definition of expensive? My decade-old TREK 7500, which I bought brand-new for $800 is worth enough to me that I've gone WAY overboard on locks...

/ I love my bike
// ...and I would be homicidally p*ssed off if someone stole it...
 
zez
2013-04-21 10:22:02 AM  
Trying to find an image of Ricky from Trailer Park Boys throwing all the stolen bikes in the lake but am coming up empty.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-04-21 10:22:04 AM  
Albert Richwagen, of Richwagen's Bike & Sport in Delray Beach, said one reason people can't get their bikes back is they don't keep their receipts, write down their bike's serial number or even bother to look for their stolen bikes - all things that make bikes even more attractive to thieves.

Cars got title and registration laws to solve this problem (among others).
 
2013-04-21 10:22:51 AM  
I thought that Kryptonite's main gig was that if you didn't lock your bike to something strong enough, they would deny your claim. Of course the only thing strong enough to lock your bike to is the reference material they have in their lab which nothing on Earth will compare to.
 
2013-04-21 10:39:30 AM  
Our beer run bike is painted a hideous yellow and purple with cheap rattlecans. 3 years and still not stolen despite never being locked.
 
2013-04-21 10:40:06 AM  
Yeah, my solution is to use a reasonable lock, and to let my bike show its thirty-year age. It'd probably cost me $1500 or so to get an equivalent replacement today, but no bike thief casing it (and no pawn-shop owner) would believe that.

On the other hand, while I'd miss it for sentimental reasons, the upgrade my bike really needs most at this point is... a new bike.

Anybody have good tips on doing trompe l'oeil rust patches and dents on a new bike?
 
2013-04-21 10:40:57 AM  

ZAZ: Albert Richwagen, of Richwagen's Bike & Sport in Delray Beach, said one reason people can't get their bikes back is they don't keep their receipts, write down their bike's serial number or even bother to look for their stolen bikes - all things that make bikes even more attractive to thieves.

Cars got title and registration laws to solve this problem (among others).


The reason stealing bikes is so attractive to thieves is that the police don't bother to look for petty theft at all.  Cars? Maybe.  Jewelry? Nah.
 
2013-04-21 10:44:17 AM  

adamatari: This is why I ride a bike fit for a homeless person. The rust and messed up gears are anti-theft.


Mine looks like a bike fit for a homeless person, but it always has a freshly lubed and adjusted drive train because I ride it 10 miles to work four days a week. Nonetheless, it's fugly and I have no interest in prettying it up.
 
2013-04-21 10:45:51 AM  

ZAZ: Albert Richwagen, of Richwagen's Bike & Sport in Delray Beach, said one reason people can't get their bikes back is they don't keep their receipts, write down their bike's serial number or even bother to look for their stolen bikes - all things that make bikes even more attractive to thieves.

Cars got title and registration laws to solve this problem (among others).


The other thing is how you get it back.  You have to track it down yourself.  Then buy it from the pawn shop yourself.  The file suit on the pawn shop.  Who then gets taken to court and gets off Scot free because they did not knowingly receive stolen property.  But they give the court the name of the person who sold it to them.  Which you then have to file suit on.  And then, assuming they gave heir real name and can be found, they are told by the court to return your bike.  Which they no longer have.

Or, you find your bike on craigslist and call the cops.  They tell you to go buy your bike back, and don't bother them with stupid shiat.  Unless they're bored and feel like going after a petty thief that day.

So, there's really no chance to get it back, and you're out the money you spent to take 2 lawsuits to trial, plus your time.  Or you're out $50 or whatever the meth head that stole it wants, assuming you don't get mugged or killed when you go to buy it back.  It's no wonder no one wants to do it.
 
2013-04-21 10:51:30 AM  
Single-speed, no-name, made-in-Taiwan chro-moly city bike for me. Professional thieves know better than to spend their time stealing my bike. Other folks don't want a single speed with clipless pedals.
 
2013-04-21 10:53:19 AM  
If a pawn shop buys your stolen property you have to pay them to get it back?
 
2013-04-21 10:59:02 AM  
Forbidden Doughnut

As someone who owns a very expensive bike I am not getting a kick....

What's your definition of expensive? My decade-old TREK 7500, which I bought brand-new for $800 is worth enough to me that I've gone WAY overboard on locks...

/ I love my bike
// ...and I would be homicidally p*ssed off if someone stole it...


I am somewhat embarrassed to admit I own a bike that retailed for over $5000. I of course didn't pay that, my buddy owns a bike shop and flips his "pro deal" bike at the end of every season. Suffice to say it does not get left outside or locked up on a street. To me it doesn't matter what the bike cost, especially if it has sentimental value.
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My SX trail has serious sentimental value as it got me over the Earl Grey Pass a couple years ago....an absolutely amazing experience....probably the most challenging and difficult thing I have ever done...
 
2013-04-21 11:00:56 AM  
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Has no problem with his bike being stolen.
 
2013-04-21 11:03:27 AM  
When I was in Jr High, someone stole my bike off the bike rack.

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I looked a lot like this. So if you see it...
 
2013-04-21 11:04:06 AM  
 
2013-04-21 11:08:49 AM  
Years ago, a State University that will remain nameless decided to encourage their students to ride/use bikes, so they set up the long metal bike racks - the ones that kind of resemble barrier fences - next to buildings and dorms all over the campus. Within a few months the racks were full of bikes... until someone with a large panel truck rolled through the campus in the middle of the night and loaded the racks - bikes and all - and drove off. The campus never bothered to bolt the racks to the ground.

/doh.
//I talked to one of the campus 'public safety' officers. IIRC he said they contacted law enforcement  - so the school could file the insurance paperwork - but without a description of the truck, they didn't do anything. He said it was a nightmare getting the students' info on the dozens of missing bikes...
///How many guys would it take to load a rack full of bikes? I always assumed they must have had a retractable ramp and a winch...
 
2013-04-21 11:09:34 AM  
All bikes weigh 50 lbs

A 50 lb. bike needs no lock.
A 40 lb. bike needs a 10 lb. lock.
A 30 lb. bike needs a 20 lb. lock.
A 20 lb. bike needs a 30 lb. lock.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-04-21 11:10:18 AM  
Sorry, it may be unpopular in this thread but if the farkin thing has wheels it ought have an engine or motor.

/ymmv
 
2013-04-21 11:11:12 AM  

whatshisname: If a pawn shop buys your stolen property you have to pay them to get it back?


I doubt very much they'll give you something because you said it was stolen from you. Even if you have photos and serial numbers, they'll probably insist on having the police involved.
 
2013-04-21 11:13:50 AM  

whatshisname: If a pawn shop buys your stolen property you have to pay them to get it back?


Depends. If they knew or should have known it was stolen, then they are SOL.
 
2013-04-21 11:14:59 AM  

drewogatory: Our beer run bike is painted a hideous yellow and purple with cheap rattlecans. 3 years and still not stolen despite never being locked.


You can't always guarantee that though, I saw someone in Austin riding an all white Ghost Bike that had been left as memorial for a cyclist killed in a traffic incident. So really any bike can get stolen, if it moves and someone needs to get somewhere it'll be fair game, not all thefts are for profit.
In London the bike thieves carry tools, it is not uncommon to return to find your bars/levers missing, or whatever else wasn't contained within the lock(s) used, leather Brooks saddles are particularly theft prone.
 
2013-04-21 11:16:53 AM  

YouPeopleAreCrazy: A 20 lb. bike needs a 30 lb. lock.


This is pretty true.

It's funny seeing a really nice bike with a carbon fiber seatpost that's secured with a 3/8" cable outside a grocery store. It's like, why not just put a cheap seat in it for commuting and save your expensive stuff for race day?
 
2013-04-21 11:19:12 AM  

YoOjo: leather Brooks saddles are particularly theft prone.


If I were a thief, I'd go for combo gear shifters/brake levers. Nicer one sell for a lot of money on e-bay, they're unnumbered, and you can have them off in a couple minutes with small hand tools.
 
2013-04-21 11:27:16 AM  

gja: Sorry, it may be unpopular in this thread but if the farkin thing has wheels it ought have an engine or motor.

/ymmv


Next week: Inside the dark, terrifying world of black market Rascal scooters.

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zez
2013-04-21 11:29:09 AM  

drewogatory: Our beer run bike is painted a hideous yellow and purple with cheap rattlecans. 3 years and still not stolen despite never being locked.


A person that knows about bikes can notice what is a quality frame even under crappy paint, now painting it so it can be easily spotted after being stolen might be a good idea.
 
2013-04-21 11:34:25 AM  
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Lock that shiz up....
 
2013-04-21 11:34:45 AM  

zez: drewogatory: Our beer run bike is painted a hideous yellow and purple with cheap rattlecans. 3 years and still not stolen despite never being locked.

A person that knows about bikes can notice what is a quality frame even under crappy paint, now painting it so it can be easily spotted after being stolen might be a good idea.


Well, it's just a cheap big box Chinese made girl's bike with the rear derailleur removed and the chain shortened to make it a single speed, so we aren't worried anyway. It only has to go 300 yds and back a few times a day.
 
2013-04-21 11:39:27 AM  

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: YouPeopleAreCrazy: A 20 lb. bike needs a 30 lb. lock.

This is pretty true.

It's funny seeing a really nice bike with a carbon fiber seatpost that's secured with a 3/8" cable outside a grocery store. It's like, why not just put a cheap seat in it for commuting and save your expensive stuff for race day?


Because I like to be comfortable all the time I ride my bike.

/1/4" cable on the saddle/seatpost, Dutch wheel lock on the front, throw a Bulldog Mini through the rear triangle
//dinged-up steel Surly.  Just really love that f'ing bike.
 
2013-04-21 11:54:40 AM  
I have a cheap Wal-mart mountain bike I bought almost new from Goodwill years ago. It probably has over several thousand miles on that thing, and it's still going strong.

/never underestimate cheap bicycles
 
2013-04-21 11:59:53 AM  
There is no greater pleasure than catching someone trying to steal your bike and beating the crap out of them.
 
2013-04-21 12:02:51 PM  
I've tried so hard to become one of those 'cyclists' who commutes to work each day.  I figured, 'Hey - I could use more smug'.  Plus, I mean, it *sounds* so great on paper.

But yeah - the constant threat of theft was just one of many reasons I'll be buying a car as soon as I possibly can.  I'm not joking or exaggerating at all when I say that four out of six of my co-workers who have purchased a bicycle have had it stolen.  And yes, they were locked at the time.

Best of all, we have a government program where you can purchase a bicycle 'tax free'.  Which, overnight, caused the price of bicycles to jump up....now you can either pay ridiculous prices or you can deal with the added headaches of having your company purchase the bicycle and deduct it from your pay for six months.

Not only does your bicycle get stolen, but you get to keep paying for it for another 3 months!
 
2013-04-21 12:07:35 PM  

netgamer7k: I have a cheap Wal-mart mountain bike I bought almost new from Goodwill years ago. It probably has over several thousand miles on that thing, and it's still going strong.

/never underestimate cheap bicycles


Or cheap cars. In spite of the fact that you can buy a brand new car for under $14,000 people continue spending several times that for no better, more economical or more reliable transportation.

People are weird, and thieves continue to "earn a living" from it.
 
2013-04-21 12:07:38 PM  

squibbits: There is no greater pleasure than catching someone trying to steal your bike and beating the crap out of them.


Maybe if I were an MMA / ninja badass or something; I'd agree with you.  But the types of people who steal bikes around here are also the type that are likely to stab you over a bicycle.
 
2013-04-21 12:14:05 PM  
Living in a place where it is too cold to ride in the winter and too hot to ride in the summer will also cut down on bike theft.
 
2013-04-21 12:15:50 PM  
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Three cheers for folding bikes. Just bring it inside.

/hugs overpriced British bike
 
2013-04-21 12:30:49 PM  

gja: Sorry, it may be unpopular in this thread but if the farkin thing has wheels it ought have an engine or motor.

/ymmv


Suck my balls.

Also NewAge Redneck that is an awesome bike.

In my perfect world it would be permissible to summarily execute bike thieves, as well as people who use mobile phones while driving, drivers who are jerks to cyclists and taxi drivers, just because. It makes me giggle to picture their jerk face corpses strewn across the landscape, with their cars askew in traffic, doors still open, bodies in the ditch.

Not really, but the above cited people are swine who have no place in civilized society.
 
2013-04-21 12:36:33 PM  

gja: Sorry, it may be unpopular in this thread but if the farkin thing has wheels it ought have an engine or motor.


It does...a 200 watt bio-motor.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-04-21 12:43:08 PM  

rattchett: gja: Sorry, it may be unpopular in this thread but if the farkin thing has wheels it ought have an engine or motor.

/ymmv

Suck my balls.

/grow a set first
Oh and this...
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gja [TotalFark]
2013-04-21 12:45:29 PM  

Stone Meadow: gja: Sorry, it may be unpopular in this thread but if the farkin thing has wheels it ought have an engine or motor.

It does...a 200 watt bio-motor.


Wow, two replies to such a weak snarkism. Better than I could ever have hoped.
 
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