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    No good Stolen Bikes

    So unfortunately I woke up to having 3 bikes stolen from my garage. some lowlife made out with some of my favorite bikes and even stole my 661 straight jacket and helmets!

    07 Transition Gran Mal Black with blacked out 888 and a flat crowns, white dirty 30's, kona wah wah's, ODI Rogue Grips, Function flat Crown with integrated steam. I hae not seen many Function flat crowns around so this will be a give-a-way.



    07 Iron Horse Yakuza Kumicho Blue stock with silver super T's, Golden Sunline v one bars, ODI Rogue Grips, gold RaceFace front ring



    05 Scattante Road bike R650 Silver stock.



    I will give anyone a reward for the whereabouts or return of my bikes no questions asked.

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    Really sorry to hear about your loss. I know how angry you must feel, hopefully your homeowners insurance will cover it. I had my new Epic stolen out of a bike shop last summer, had it covered by their insurance, but still..................

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    Super pissed right now. I really loved all the bikes and had them setup just right. what a pain in the ass.

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    Been there...

    A year ago my wife left the garage door opened overnight and some low life made off with my 2006 Enduro Pro. Just had the fork Pushed and like you, it was setup just the way liked it. Luckily I pretty much had all the receipts from building up the bike over the years. I also knew exactly which parts were installed and was able to compile a list. My insurance (State Farm) had me take the list to a LBS and get an estimate for replacement cost. It ended up working out pretty well for me. For $1000 deductible I got a sweet $7K bike (Ibis Mojo HD, I9 Enduros, Pushed Monarch RC3 Plus, RP23 (extra shock), Haven bars, XT 10sp cranks, X.9 shifters/RD, XT785s, Reverb etc). And it was really fun building up a new ride.

    Now if only they had take my Demo9 and Moto-lite, then I could have built up 3 new bikes.

    If you called the police to file a report, and you've got home owners insurance and they pay replacement cost then other than time, you should be in good shape for replacing the stolen items.

    By the way, after my incident I started locking my bikes in my garage. And..after each ride...I thank my wife for leaving the garage open.

    Good luck!

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    About 1.5 months later I found the frame, cranks, seatpost and saddle for sale on craigslist. Called the detective on the case. They setup a meeting to buy and arrested the guy. The guy of course said he didn't know it was stolen and that he found it dumpster diving. It was stripped of everything you could take off with an allen wrench or wire cutters. Still had the XT cranks, rear shock, chris king BB, xt spd pedals, thomson seatpost, saddle and part of the CK headset. I got the frame back and almost have it built up again from spare parts.
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    My 06 enduro was stolen from in front of my house a couple summers ago. I got it back about 3 weeks after it disappeared. I filed a police report and supplied the serial number on the report. Got a call during the day from a Sheriff asking if I'd like to come pick my bike up at the Pawn Shop it was pawned at in South Everett.

    Turns out pawn shops are required by law to register serial numbers for everything they take in. These numbers get matched against a state maintained database of serial numbers entered from reported stolen items. Hopefully you'll get lucky like I did.

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    So Terrible News, I had replaced two of the bikes and they were just stolen again.


    2011 Specialized Pitch Pro

    REAR SHOCK
    Fox RP2, 2 position shock with ProPedal, rebound adj., 7.875x2.25"
    FORK
    Custom RockShox Sektor RL, Motion Control damper, Solo Air, alloy steerer, reb adj., 20mm Maxle Lite axle, 150mm travel
    HEADSET
    1 1/8" threadless, loose ball
    STEM
    Specialized XC, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 31.8mm clamp, adjustable rise
    HANDLEBARS
    Specialized All-Mountain low-rise, 6061 butted alloy, 720mm wide, 8 degree back sweep, 6 degree up, 31.8mm
    GRIPS
    Specialized lock-on, S/M: Grappler, Other: Rocca
    FRONT BRAKE
    Custom Avid Elixir 5 R SL, hydraulic disc, tool-less reach adj., alloy backed organic pads, G3 Clean Sweep rotor, 203mm
    REAR BRAKE
    Custom Avid Elixir 5 R SL, hydraulic disc, tool-less reach adj., alloy backed organic pads, G3 Clean Sweep rotor, 185mm
    BRAKE LEVERS
    Avid Elixir 5 hydraulic, tool-less reach adj.
    FRONT DERAILLEUR
    Shimano FD-M660-E SLX, double specific E-type for DMD, top swing, bottom pull
    REAR DERAILLEUR
    SRAM X.9, 9-speed, mid cage
    SHIFT LEVERS
    SRAM X.5, 9-speed, trigger
    CASSETTE
    Shimano HG30, 9-speed, 11-34t
    CHAIN
    KMC X9, 9-speed, w/ reuseable Missing Link
    CRANKSET
    Truvativ GXP2 2.1, 2-piece crank set, outboard bearing, S: 170mm, M/L: 175mm
    CHAINRINGS
    36A x 24A, 4-bolt, 104/64mm
    BOTTOM BRACKET
    SRAM GXP, outboard bearing
    PEDALS
    Resin Test Ride Pedals with toe clips, CEN std.
    RIMS
    Pitch disc-specific, pin joint, eyelets, 26mm, 32h
    FRONT HUB
    Specialized Hi Lo disc, laser-etched logo, sealed cartridge bearing, 20mm thru-axle, 32h
    REAR HUB
    Specialized Hi Lo disc, laser-etched logo, double sealed cartridge bearing, QR, 32h
    SPOKES
    1.8mm (15g) stainless
    FRONT TIRE
    Specialized Eskar Control, 60 TPI, 2Bliss ready aramid bead, dual compound, 26x2.3"
    REAR TIRE
    Specialized Eskar Control, 60 TPI, 2Bliss ready aramid bead, dual compound, 26x2.3"
    INNER TUBES
    Ultralight presta valve
    SADDLE
    Specialized BG Enduro, 7mm steel rails
    SEATPOST
    6061 alloy, 2-bolt micro adjust, setback head, 30.9mm, S/M:350mm, others:400mm
    SEAT BINDER
    34.9mm clamp ID, 7050 hard annodized alloy collar w/ QR, black
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    thieves suck, but maybe you need to do more to secure your stuff... were they stolen from the same garage?

    hopefully you'll get luckier and find them this time around.
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    I had secured my Garage with 3 deadbolts, and locked the bikes inside my garage with a long cable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robin_hood View Post
    I had secured my Garage with 3 deadbolts, and locked the bikes inside my garage.
    Condolences...that is some pretty f'ed up bad-luck! Hope they're spotted locally...

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    Considering how frustrating it is just to read about the double-dose of thievery you've experienced, you must be smoking mad. I hope you eventually find the person(s) responsible. I sometimes wonder if bike thieves should be treated like the horse thieves in the wild west.

    You might consider adding in a motion detector alarm in the garage. Even if you don't have an alarm system it would be pretty easy to retrofit a security light to some sort of noise maker... or maybe some sort of 007 death ray.

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    Man...that sucks! I hope you get these ones back and I would definitely booby-trap the place with cameras for the next sucker who tries.

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    I will be putting up some remote cameras in the Garage for any future dbags that try and break in.

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    If anyone has contact from someone at Specialized I need to recover my serial number for the Pitch. pm me if you have an email or phone number

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    too bad there isn't some way to safely electrify them overnight, so that anyone attempting to lift them would get a nice strong zap...
    trust the tread

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    Quote Originally Posted by robin_hood View Post
    I had secured my Garage with 3 deadbolts, and locked the bikes inside my garage with a long cable.
    Damn that sucks.
    Time to move to a new neighborhood or keep the bikes inside and sleep with a shotgun close by.

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    they will be staying in the guest room from now on, the wife will not be to happy but I will not have them taken again.

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    #1 - That is absolute BullS**t.

    #2 - It has to be someone in your neighborhood. Only they would know that you've got those bikes in your garage.

    #3 - Time to set up a sting operation. That is how much $$$ in bikes stolen from your garage now?

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    where do you live? gotta make sure I don't move to that area. :s

    Where are serial numbers on bikes? I want to know mine and store it somewhere just in case.

    That really sucks man. I can't believe it happened twice. Sorry to hear.

    -joel

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    I live in a nice area around ... very low crime in the area that I have heard of.

    everyone should have all the Serial numbers for all their bikes!
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    Yeah, dude.....it's an inside job (meaning someone in the neighborhood) for sure. I'd put up security cameras for sure.

    Curious. With all of the new precautions, how did they get in? Just cut the deadbolts? Can't your garage door be locked from the inside too?

    VERY sorry to hear.
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    Was anything else taken? It must be the same thieves both times. I like the sting operation idea by the way-it seems like you would have a fairly decent chance at luring them in once again.

    Anyhow that sucks man. Like most people I'll keep an eye open for the missing hardware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robin_hood View Post
    I live in a nice area around greenlake, very low crime in the area that I have heard of.

    everyone should have all the Serial numbers for all their bikes!
    My good buddy lives a couple blocks from Greenlake. He mentioned the other day that this year in particular it seems like there is more theft/vandalism in the area. They recently cleaned out their garage so they could park their car in the garage rather than the driveway.

    It does seem like you are being targeted. To go through 3 deadbolts they had to know what they were trying to get. You don't just do that in hopes of finding some random thing of value.

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    Wow, really sorry, does your homeonwers policy help out when this kind of thing happens? You've got a bunch of dough wrapped up in these losses. Thieves should DIAF!!!

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    Sorry to hear you got hit yet again dude! I will keep my eyes peeled. Often shops in the area see stolen bikes come in, and we can tell they are stolen. Also, maybe time to think of not just a camera or CCTV system, but also an alarm? I know the deadbolts should do the trick, but these days, it seems a crowbar and a bit of time on their hands, and thieves can get through anything.

    At least they didn't try the new tacoma method of stealing bikes and tools- ramming into the garage door, and literally smash n grab.

    sorry to hear. Also, did you file a police report and have serial #'s for each bike?

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    I have the numbers on the bikes, one of which I can't seem to get from specialized. I registered the pitch on the specialized website and now can't get them to send it to me. anyone have a contact or specialized rep?

    I am looking into alarms for the garage also, along with keeping any new or recovered bikes off site.

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    Contact the dealer you got the pitch from. They'll most likely have the serial #.

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    Wow it sucks that you got robbed again. Like others have said, it could be someone in your neighborhood or maybe even a friend/friend-of-a-friend. It is surprising how often thieves are someone you know.

    Maybe attach or build in some anchors to the garage concrete floor/foundation and lock bikes with a u-lock to the anchors in addition to some sort of alarm.

    I am glad that (last week before reading any of this) I started a complete spec sheet for my bike and all of its parts that includes every single serial number on there. I have this sheet automatically syncing to the cloud after any changes are made.

    Bike thieves are the lowest of the low. Good luck on the search for your bikes. Are there any features that stand out on them?

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    That completely blows. There is no way this is just random. How long had you had the new bikes before they were stolen? Someone very close to you knows something for sure. Cameras, motion alarms with a blaring siren would be my next investment.

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    I had the bikes less than a month, before the scum bags came back. I am looking at other storage options for sure. And some motion sensors and alarms for my garage.

    Recently I heard someone a block away from me had the same thing happen to them. Garage broken into and 5 bikes stolen. Most likely we have a neighborhood thief.

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    This sucks, 3 bikes were snatched from a locked garage last night on my block in Phinney Ridge.
    There's a big difference between ripping and skidding. Those who skid don't know how to ride.

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    Hey Dave any details on the stolen bikes? I will keep an eye out while hunting for mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OP4guy View Post
    That completely blows. There is no way this is just random. How long had you had the new bikes before they were stolen? Someone very close to you knows something for sure. Cameras, motion alarms with a blaring siren would be my next investment.
    I think you may me overthinking this. All it takes is someone seeing you unloading your bikes as they drive or walk by.

    My condolences, man. I live near Greenlake as well, so this sort of thing is concerning. I'm definitely going to get my bikes but on my rental policy.

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    Sucks. I live in a fairly dense area and LOTS of people see me load/unload my bike from my shop building.

    I bolt my bike via a cable to the wall of my shop (ground off the bolt heads that secure the cable anchor to the wall). I also have a two-way deadbolt (i.e., if they break in through the windows they can't open the door from the inside; they'd have to break it down as if coming from the outside). My windows are also small so they can't get the bike through the window without taking off both wheels (and I'm guessing meth heads aren't MTBers and would be thus confounded by thru-axle quick release). I also have motion sensor lights around the shop and house, and always-on light at the front door of the shop. About my only improvement (which I've been thinking about) is axing the cable and going to one of the hardened steel U shackles.

    At the end of the day, if they know about and really want your stuff, they'll get it. Storing bikes in your house probably isn't any better as they're actually easier to get to. Thugs this determined won't stop because they're in your house I don't think.

    Seattle Police have taken a political beating the 12-18 months, and if you do your research you'll find arrests are way down (as a result IMO) - this has translated to major crime being up markedly for 2012 (last stat I saw said +10%). So, in a macro sense, these problems are only bound to get worse unfortunately.

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    The bad guys can read the inter net too.
    There's a big difference between ripping and skidding. Those who skid don't know how to ride.

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    Ya I doubt they would however

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    friend just texted me he had his Covert stolen from Suncadia.

    kill all bike thieves!

    the angry teenager in me definitely wants to be part of a bait bike beatdown right about now

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    Hey man this has to be your bike i was looking on craigslist and came accross it. It seems to be a very close match and he also happens to have hellmets and 661 body armor that comes with it. i feel as though he painted the bars white since they look like they have the same bend as the ones you had. check it out ! its too close of a match : the site wont let me post the URL because i haven't posted ten things yet but go to craigslist and then go to Massachusetts then look under cape cod and the islands then just search iron horse the bike will pop up it will be the only iron horse yakuza on the page. I hope you can make a connection !

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    Quote Originally Posted by norcolover View Post
    Hey man this has to be your bike i was looking on craigslist and came accross it. It seems to be a very close match and he also happens to have hellmets and 661 body armor that comes with it. i feel as though he painted the bars white since they look like they have the same bend as the ones you had. check it out ! its too close of a match : the site wont let me post the URL because i haven't posted ten things yet but go to craigslist and then go to Massachusetts then look under cape cod and the islands then just search iron horse the bike will pop up it will be the only iron horse yakuza on the page. I hope you can make a connection !
    Hey Norco, good eye. So here's the Craigslist link Iron Horse Yakuza DH/FREERIDE bike. best offer or part out.

    It's an enticing possibility but I think there's a few differences that says no, aside from the geographic location. Although with the overall similarity plus the 661 stuff it's certainly an interesting possibility. Take a look at this Robin_Hood, there's a bunch of closeups of the bike, you'll know for sure if its yours.

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    Thanks for the link I will check it out. Looks similar but minus a few parts I added.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a-man View Post
    friend just texted me he had his Covert stolen from Suncadia.

    kill all bike thieves!

    the angry teenager in me definitely wants to be part of a bait bike beatdown right about now
    Dude. Bummed.

    2008 Transition Covert jacked from Suncadia near Roslyn. Large frame, unique powder coated ruby red pain. Rockshox Lyrik fork, Monarch 4.2 rear shock. Stan's Flow wheelset w/Nevegals.
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    Dude, "selling for a friend," "has to sell now," "willing to part out"....this ad SCREAMS stolen!

    So maybe he changes a couple parts before posting to disguise it.

    I would call the guy up to see it, and bring your serial # to compare.

    Maybe also bring a f'ing crowbar for his face.

    EDIT: Oh yeah, except that it is in BOSTON. Doh!

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    Here's an alternative to waiting for the po po How I Recovered My Stolen Bike a Year Later | blog.mattgoyer.com

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    ... and if we just ...

    How I got my bike back!

    After recently hearing about a sighting from the kick ass bike community, I started doing some investigating and talking with the local bike shops. Then just tonight I got a call with a sighting of the dbag on my bike. I rushed down and confronted the guy. I walked up to him and shouted with "Hey That's my Bike!" which the dirty dbag replied "that's bs I bought it" I then took the bike and called the cops. Unfortunately he got away before the cops showed up.

    Be on the lookout for a white van with a speaker on the roof and an early red-maroon Nissan pickup with a matching cap.

    If you want any more details let me know.

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    Which bike did you get back?

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    Wow, that's incredible. It's pretty cool that bike riding folks actually recognized your bike and got in contact with you. I bet you're stoked right now. I recovered a stolen bike many moons ago and it was the greatest feeling-loved it.

    So where did this confrontation go down?

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    Glad to hear you got one of your bikes back! I had my Giant ATX 990 John Tomac Edition stolen back in college. Was so bummed! Plus, being in college I didn't have the money to replace the bike.

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