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2013-06-16 12:23:24 PM
Don't go too fast, but I go pretty far...
 
2013-06-16 12:25:18 PM
That's a pretty brave lady.
 
2013-06-16 12:27:12 PM
If only the thief had access to a faster means of escape...
 
2013-06-16 12:28:26 PM
I would hope that if you have a bike you can get away from someone running 10 minute miles even if they go 20k.
 
2013-06-16 12:32:11 PM

opiumpoopy: If only the thief had access to a faster means of escape...


I was thinking that myself.
 
2013-06-16 12:34:59 PM

"A West Seattle marathon mom refused to be a victim when she spotted a man stealing her husband's bicycle from her garage on June 6, 2013."


Awwwww, that's so sweet. And that dude better be treating her like a queen too.

 
2013-06-16 12:38:04 PM
Went to an urban college, in a bad neighborhood.  Room mate was a top NCAA marathoner.  Used to run early in the morning.  Marathon runners generally run with very little clothing on.

To bad guys stop him and demand money.    He points out he's essentially naked,laughs and runs away.

Turns out most bad guys are not in very good aerobic condition.
 
2013-06-16 12:38:41 PM
two bad guys
 
2013-06-16 12:38:57 PM

opiumpoopy: If only the thief had access to a faster means of escape...


Guy ditched the bime thinking she would back off.
 
2013-06-16 12:39:24 PM

skinink: Awwwww, that's so sweet. And that dude better be treating her like a queen too.


Why? Just for doing something normal? Female privilege.
 
2013-06-16 12:39:44 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-06-16 12:39:54 PM

randomjsa: opiumpoopy: If only the thief had access to a faster means of escape...

I was thinking that myself.


I'm guessing the bike was probably fitted for clipless pedals, which the thief probably found too awkward to ride without the proper shoes.
 
2013-06-16 12:40:50 PM

DoctorOfLove: Went to an urban college, in a bad neighborhood.  Room mate was a top NCAA marathoner.  Used to run early in the morning.  Marathon runners generally run with very little clothing on.

To bad guys stop him and demand money.    He points out he's essentially naked,laughs and runs away.

Turns out most bad guys are not in very good aerobic condition.


So...too bad, guys?
 
2013-06-16 12:41:24 PM

Mitrovarr: randomjsa: opiumpoopy: If only the thief had access to a faster means of escape...

I was thinking that myself.

I'm guessing the bike was probably fitted for clipless pedals, which the thief probably found too awkward to ride without the proper shoes.


And/or he couldn't figure out the gears.
 
PKY
2013-06-16 12:44:44 PM
I can understand taking a calculated risk to steal $10 million to retire, but a bike...
 
2013-06-16 12:45:06 PM
Seen at the scene:

assets.sbnation.com
 
2013-06-16 12:45:29 PM

FatherChaos: That's a pretty brave lady.



It's the Pacific Northwest, not a huge chance the guy was an inner city thug. More than likely a white drifter dude who just wanted a free bike. If this was Cleveland I'd say she was brave.
 
2013-06-16 12:47:08 PM

PKY: I can understand taking a calculated risk to steal $10 million to retire, but a bike...


When you are working minimum wage a $4-10k bike left unattended can seem like a pretty temping target.

/no idea how expensive this bike was.
 
2013-06-16 12:47:36 PM
On the one hand - that's a pretty good sounding story.  In shape woman chases after a guy trying to steal a bicycle.  Good for her.

On the other hand - while I have no doubt she could out-run the guy....could she also kick his ass?  There are different levels of scumbag - but a guy who is willing to steal a bicycle isn't too far above a guy who is willing to punch some soccer Mom in the face.
 
2013-06-16 12:48:03 PM
Nothing puts bike nerds into a white-hot rage like bike thieves.  Dude is lucky she let the cops have him.
 
PKY
2013-06-16 12:48:37 PM

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: FatherChaos: That's a pretty brave lady.


It's the Pacific Northwest, not a huge chance the guy was an inner city thug. More than likely a white drifter dude who just wanted a free bike. If this was Cleveland I'd say she was brave.


White drifters have hatchets. Smash, smash, suh-mash.
 
2013-06-16 12:49:29 PM

Fark_Guy_Rob: There are different levels of scumbag - but a guy who is willing to steal a bicycle isn't too far above a guy who is willing to punch some soccer Mom in the face.


Angry woman defending the nest > scared thug.
 
2013-06-16 12:52:27 PM

PKY: I can understand taking a calculated risk to steal $10 million to retire, but a bike...


then you don't understand how the human brain works...
 
2013-06-16 12:54:13 PM

soze: Nothing puts bike nerds into a white-hot rage like bike thieves.  Dude is lucky she let the cops have him.


Lucky?  The guy got arrested and is now having to go through court and other BS.

This is somehow better than merely being mercifully killed with a spoke through the eye socket?
 
2013-06-16 12:54:43 PM

skinink: "A West Seattle marathon mom refused to be a victim when she spotted a man stealing her husband's bicycle from her garage on June 6, 2013."
Awwwww, that's so sweet. And that dude better be treating her like a queen too.


I'd buy her a steak ...
 
2013-06-16 12:56:21 PM

Fark_Guy_Rob: There are different levels of scumbag - but a guy who is willing to steal a bicycle isn't too far above a guy who is willing to punch some soccer Mom in the face.


I have to disagree with you there.....it's all about location location location.. where I live odds are the guy stealing the bike would've put a bullet in her holding the gun sideways style.. in Seattle odds are no he would not have and the story unfolded exactly  like what I thought it would be.
 
2013-06-16 12:56:33 PM
FTHL : make sure you're not trying to outrun a marathoner

th01.deviantart.net

Or a determined automaton for that matter.

/ any excuse
 
2013-06-16 12:58:30 PM

soze: Fark_Guy_Rob: There are different levels of scumbag - but a guy who is willing to steal a bicycle isn't too far above a guy who is willing to punch some soccer Mom in the face.

Angry woman defending the nest > scared thug.


If this ever happens to one of you in real life, you should also yell things like 'Thief! HELP Thief!' because then at least your neighbors will hopefully be looking out and maybe come help you.

My plan if ever approached by a possible robber/whatever is to run and scream 'HELP! GET AWAY FROM ME! LEAVE ME ALONE! CALL THE POLICE!' Running away is a great plan, especially if you are in any kind of shape, but yelling for help might actually convince someone to intervene or at least call the police or could at least make your would-be robber/attacker think that. Self defense 101: run away screaming. No, it won't work if you are already captured.
 
2013-06-16 01:01:12 PM

Mitrovarr: randomjsa: opiumpoopy: If only the thief had access to a faster means of escape...

I was thinking that myself.

I'm guessing the bike was probably fitted for clipless pedals, which the thief probably found too awkward to ride without the proper shoes.


I ride my clipless pedals with regular shoes all the time.  Don't bother putting on my cycling shoes if I'm not planning on going on a very long ride.  It isn't an issue.
 
2013-06-16 01:01:41 PM
I*'ve done a few  century rides, as well as 150 mile rides, and run a few 10-20ks, but if I was equipped, I'd just use my .45 acp, and wait for the cops. 230 grains will stop them real fast. All my bikes are insured, so there's that. No deductible.
cheapest one I bought was a little over $1300, so there's that too.
 
2013-06-16 01:01:58 PM

soze: Nothing puts bike nerds into a white-hot rage like bike thieves.


All gear nerds rage when their sphere of equipment gets stolen.
 
2013-06-16 01:07:11 PM
BIL is a sub 2:40 marathoner.  He couldda escaped.
 
2013-06-16 01:11:40 PM

soze: Nothing puts bike nerds into a white-hot rage like bike thieves.  Dude is lucky she let the cops have him.


Wish I had an opportunity to chase the jerk(s) who stole my bike rack. I can't run a marathon but I could've given him a run for his money the first 5k.
 
2013-06-16 01:12:43 PM

Joe Peanut: ride my clipless pedals with regular shoes all the time. Don't bother putting on my cycling shoes if I'm not planning on going on a very long ride. It isn't an issue.


It can be done, but it depends a lot on what the pedals are like (some are almost like platform pedals, some are extremely awkward without proper shoes). A person who didn't know the pedals were going to be like that could spend a while fumbling around and trying not to fall off the pedals before getting it to work.
 
2013-06-16 01:14:22 PM

opiumpoopy: If only the thief had access to a faster means of escape...


Exactly what I was thinking.  My only theory:  She looks relatively tall, so maybe her husband is quite a tall guy and also athletic.  Could be one of those triathlon bikes that are quite tricky to ride to the inexperienced, and their seat height are often not adjustable and it was set for her husband's size.  Even someone with good bike experience would have a very hard time riding a TT/Tri bike that is too big for them, especially when they are being chased by some crazy woman.
 
2013-06-16 01:23:15 PM

Ex-Texan: I*'ve done a few  century rides, as well as 150 mile rides, and run a few 10-20ks, but if I was equipped, I'd just use my .45 acp, and wait for the cops. 230 grains will stop them real fast. All my bikes are insured, so there's that. No deductible.
cheapest one I bought was a little over $1300, so there's that too.


Say, don't you have to be at the shooting range in 26 minutes?
 
2013-06-16 01:25:33 PM

99.998er: Ex-Texan: I*'ve done a few  century rides, as well as 150 mile rides, and run a few 10-20ks, but if I was equipped, I'd just use my .45 acp, and wait for the cops. 230 grains will stop them real fast. All my bikes are insured, so there's that. No deductible.
cheapest one I bought was a little over $1300, so there's that too.

Say, don't you have to be at the shooting range in 26 minutes?


Come on, be nice.  It's the Internet.  You can be anything you want on the Internet.  He's no different from the bronies or the furries, 'cept with guns.  Dude probably writes Sig Sauer slashfic at night.

Leave him alone, he's not hurting anyone.  It's just fantasy.
 
2013-06-16 01:26:06 PM

Ex-Texan: I*'ve done a few  century rides, as well as 150 mile rides, and run a few 10-20ks, but if I was equipped, I'd just use my .45 acp, and wait for the cops. 230 grains will stop them real fast. All my bikes are insured, so there's that. No deductible.
cheapest one I bought was a little over $1300, so there's that too.


First time Mr. MutantMotherMouse paid $3k for a bike, I flipped a bit. I quickly learned that is chump change in biking. Give me a good pair of running shoes and socks, a scenic trail & a water bottle & I'm good to go.

As long as he wasn't armed, I totally understand this chick running after the dude. Insured or not, it's the principle. She would've figured out quickly if she could outrun him. Just keep on his trail, screaming bloody murder, and wait for the cops to show up.
 
2013-06-16 01:40:07 PM

Fark_Guy_Rob: - while I have no doubt she could out-run the guy....could she also kick his ass?


After she tires him out, yes.
I recall a similar story someplace a couple years ago, guy grabbed some woman's purse, she took off after him.
She was also a marathon runner and he was just a punk kid.
She paced him until he dropped and got her purse back.
The story said she was yelling stuff like
"I HAVE A CIRCULATORY SYSTEM THAT IS IN TOP SHAPE, I CAN RUN ALL DAY LONG, YOU CAN'T.
YOU WILL STOP. YOU HAVE NO CHOICE."
She didn't call for help or anything. She just ran him down until he keeled over.
 
2013-06-16 01:56:35 PM
What if it's the person that always comes in dead last?
 
2013-06-16 02:01:34 PM
So the guy ditched the bike and she kept chasing him? Would have been kind of amusing if somebody else had come by and grabbed it.
 
2013-06-16 02:26:26 PM
Family full of distance runners (except me, and i'm proud of it!)

there's this: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=256348&page=1#.Ub4Cw5wvotk
And this:
www.recaption.com
 
2013-06-16 02:30:30 PM

Johnson: Fark_Guy_Rob: - while I have no doubt she could out-run the guy....could she also kick his ass?

After she tires him out, yes.
I recall a similar story someplace a couple years ago, guy grabbed some woman's purse, she took off after him.
She was also a marathon runner and he was just a punk kid.
She paced him until he dropped and got her purse back.
The story said she was yelling stuff like
"I HAVE A CIRCULATORY SYSTEM THAT IS IN TOP SHAPE, I CAN RUN ALL DAY LONG, YOU CAN'T.
YOU WILL STOP. YOU HAVE NO CHOICE."
She didn't call for help or anything. She just ran him down until he keeled over.


All he has to do is turn a corner/break line of sight and wait.  And there is no reason to wait until so exhausted he can't run.

There are a lot of guys I can outrun who could also beat me to death if they were so inclined.  There is also a possibility that the thief is has something that could be used as a weapon.

Don't get me wrong - these stories are great, when the turn out the way we all hope they do.  The victim shows the 'punk kid' that not everyone will roll over and have their stuff stolen.  But, at least some, they end up dead over something that was a trivial amount of money for them or, in many cases, insured anyway.

For example:   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2036567/Pictured-The-hero-kno c ked-killed-bus-chasing-thief-stole-phone.html

Someone stole his phone, on a bicycle no less, but this guy is young, healthy, and a total badass.  So he SPRINTS after the cyclist, at full speed...and he's gaining on him too - when BAM - a bus kills him.  He died over a smart phone.

Or here:   http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/05/20/gas-station-em p loyee-struck365.html

A guy working at a gas station (or perhaps was the owner) saw some thief trying to steal gas.  He wasn't just going to sit back and let that happen - so he runs out to stop the thief....and the thief floors it; running over the guy and killing him.

Or this:  http://www.gazettenet.com/news/townbytown/northampton/3950020-95/girl - scouts-police-thief
Or this:  http://www.newarkpostonline.com/news/article_e3ef06f8-b228-11e2-ae28- 0 019bb2963f4.html

This one seems the most relevant.  Some guy sees some jerk stealing his bicycle.....so he chases him down - just like this lady does.  Only, this guy wasn't working alone and didn't take to kindly to being chased.  He runs towards his buddy and at the right time, turns around and they proceed to beat the crap out of the theft victim.

http://www.sloughexpress.co.uk/News/All-Areas/Wexham/Man-suffers-hea d- injuries-after-chasing-bike-thief-11032013.htm

This one is kind of similar....some guy gets his bicycle stolen and spends all day searching the neighborhood.  He finds his bicycle and approaches the guys who have it.  Two guys, who, as it turns out have a knife on them.  This one has a happy ending, he only suffered minor injuries.

I'm glad it worked out for the lady, but if it were my wife or sister, I'd have told them to smile and wave at the crook and call up our insurance company.  Seems a lot safer that way.
 
2013-06-16 02:33:31 PM
So bad guys don't do a lot of cardio?  Haven't they seen Zombieland?
 
2013-06-16 02:35:42 PM
That is pretty effing dangerous. In Baltimore, there were at least a couple of high profile cases where someone stepped up to intervene in a theft/robbery, and got killed.

It's like the dog and the car - what do you do when you catch the car? Unless you have some effective plan to neutralize the offender, it's catching the car.
 
2013-06-16 02:51:03 PM

MutantMotherMouse: Ex-Texan: I*'ve done a few  century rides, as well as 150 mile rides, and run a few 10-20ks, but if I was equipped, I'd just use my .45 acp, and wait for the cops. 230 grains will stop them real fast. All my bikes are insured, so there's that. No deductible.
cheapest one I bought was a little over $1300, so there's that too.

First time Mr. MutantMotherMouse paid $3k for a bike, I flipped a bit. I quickly learned that is chump change in biking. Give me a good pair of running shoes and socks, a scenic trail & a water bottle & I'm good to go.

As long as he wasn't armed, I totally understand this chick running after the dude. Insured or not, it's the principle. She would've figured out quickly if she could outrun him. Just keep on his trail, screaming bloody murder, and wait for the cops to show up.


Bikes are a lot more expensive but at least you don't need to buy a new pair ever 3 months like running shoes.
 
2013-06-16 03:25:15 PM

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: FatherChaos: That's a pretty brave lady.


It's the Pacific Northwest, not a huge chance the guy was an inner city thug. More than likely a white drifter dude who just wanted a free bike. If this was Cleveland I'd say she was brave.


Yeah, because white guys are incapable of violence.

She didn't "catch" the guy, anyway; she followed him on foot screaming for help until the cops showed up. He probably wasn't even running; bums in their late 40s are not known for their aerobic abilities.
 
2013-06-16 03:26:26 PM

Carth: MutantMotherMouse: Ex-Texan: I*'ve done a few  century rides, as well as 150 mile rides, and run a few 10-20ks, but if I was equipped, I'd just use my .45 acp, and wait for the cops. 230 grains will stop them real fast. All my bikes are insured, so there's that. No deductible.
cheapest one I bought was a little over $1300, so there's that too.

First time Mr. MutantMotherMouse paid $3k for a bike, I flipped a bit. I quickly learned that is chump change in biking. Give me a good pair of running shoes and socks, a scenic trail & a water bottle & I'm good to go.

As long as he wasn't armed, I totally understand this chick running after the dude. Insured or not, it's the principle. She would've figured out quickly if she could outrun him. Just keep on his trail, screaming bloody murder, and wait for the cops to show up.

Bikes are a lot more expensive but at least you don't need to buy a new pair ever 3 months like running shoes.


Set of tires costs about as much as a pair of shoes. And who wears out a pair of running shoes in three months?
 
2013-06-16 03:43:58 PM

mbillips: Carth: MutantMotherMouse: Ex-Texan: I*'ve done a few  century rides, as well as 150 mile rides, and run a few 10-20ks, but if I was equipped, I'd just use my .45 acp, and wait for the cops. 230 grains will stop them real fast. All my bikes are insured, so there's that. No deductible.
cheapest one I bought was a little over $1300, so there's that too.

First time Mr. MutantMotherMouse paid $3k for a bike, I flipped a bit. I quickly learned that is chump change in biking. Give me a good pair of running shoes and socks, a scenic trail & a water bottle & I'm good to go.

As long as he wasn't armed, I totally understand this chick running after the dude. Insured or not, it's the principle. She would've figured out quickly if she could outrun him. Just keep on his trail, screaming bloody murder, and wait for the cops to show up.

Bikes are a lot more expensive but at least you don't need to buy a new pair ever 3 months like running shoes.

Set of tires costs about as much as a pair of shoes. And who wears out a pair of running shoes in three months?


I got through a pair every 10-12 weeks at 50-60 mpw. The thing that gets me about cycling is even after you buy a bike you end up spending hundreds of dollars on pedals, race wheels, a decent trainer. You almost need a whole room to store all the accessories that come with it.
 
2013-06-16 03:48:16 PM

Carth: mbillips: Carth: MutantMotherMouse: Ex-Texan: I*'ve done a few  century rides, as well as 150 mile rides, and run a few 10-20ks, but if I was equipped, I'd just use my .45 acp, and wait for the cops. 230 grains will stop them real fast. All my bikes are insured, so there's that. No deductible.
cheapest one I bought was a little over $1300, so there's that too.

First time Mr. MutantMotherMouse paid $3k for a bike, I flipped a bit. I quickly learned that is chump change in biking. Give me a good pair of running shoes and socks, a scenic trail & a water bottle & I'm good to go.

As long as he wasn't armed, I totally understand this chick running after the dude. Insured or not, it's the principle. She would've figured out quickly if she could outrun him. Just keep on his trail, screaming bloody murder, and wait for the cops to show up.

Bikes are a lot more expensive but at least you don't need to buy a new pair ever 3 months like running shoes.

Set of tires costs about as much as a pair of shoes. And who wears out a pair of running shoes in three months?

I got through a pair every 10-12 weeks at 50-60 mpw. The thing that gets me about cycling is even after you buy a bike you end up spending hundreds of dollars on pedals, race wheels, a decent trainer. You almost need a whole room to store all the accessories that come with it.


But the endless parts shopping!  It amazes me that more women aren't into bikes.  All the little doo-dads you can buy for your bike are just fun.

Right now, I'm looking at buying new brakes.  $129 each (you buy two for a full bike's worth).  But they're made in the US and anodized black or silver.  Eeeeee!

Also, I am as angry at Salsa for discontinuing the Delgado rims as other women would be about OPI discontinuing "her" lipstick color.
 
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