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    Was woke up this morning by noises on the front porch and the motion light coming on. My Redline Monocog commuter bike had been cut from its cable lock and stolen. Called the police and the officer showed up pretty quick, within 15 minutes or so. It was a foggy morning and I didn't go out looking for it as I waited for the police to show up.

    Anyways, this bike is black with bright yellow handlebar tape on bullhorn bars. It has a light generator built into the front hub so the front hub looks kinda big, and the rear wheel had a 3 speed internal geared Sturmey Archer hub. It also had the Magura HS-11 hydraulic rim brakes, like what Sue has on her SS. I'm looking to see if I can find the serial number, you'd think I'd learn after last years experience.

    The lock was a Specialized S-Works cable lock, not sure what it was cut with. Funny thing is that the theives bypassed the "Chainless" bike (uses a shaft drive) that was also on the porch and unlocked! guess it wasn't very attractive, huh.

    anyways, be careful out there.

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    Re: Happened Again! Bike Stolen!

    Quote Originally Posted by red-haze.com
    Was woke up this morning by noises on the front porch and the motion light coming on. My Redline Monocog commuter bike had been cut from its cable lock and stolen.
    Bob - sorry to hear about the loss of your bike. Maybe you've been scoped out and tagged as having a bunch of bikes or something. You have no idea how much of a scare you just gave me when I saw the subject line.

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    that sucks indeed. I hope you get it back.

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    that totally blows

    at least it is a very unique bike; maybe that will help in someone spotting it.

    i have to admit that locking a nice bike on a porch with a cable lock doesn't seem very secure to me. esp after you have had this happen once before.
    good luck with your search.
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    I FU#$ING hate bike thieves!!! They need to be shot, castrated, boiling in Phil Tenacious oil. Probably stole it so they can sell it for $10 and buy some crack.

    When I was in 8th grade, I got a brand new red 10-speed LeTour from my parents. I loved that bike. My first real bike. I rode it everywhere. It was really what inspired me to my passion and addiction to bikes today. However, some MF stole it out of our backyard. Talk about disappointment. I cried. Then I busted my ass for the rest of the summer to buy a replacement - a Super Le Tour. It was nicer, lighter, pretty shade of blue..but it wasn't the same. When you ride with passion, your bike becomes a part of you. When you lose it, it's like a little part of you is lost.

    Sorry to hear this happened. I hope you can recover or replace it without too much frustration.

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    Dang, Bob!

    Sorry to hear about your loss! Do you think it was stolen by tweakers for the hydraulic fluid (as was speculated last year)? It stinks no matter what the motive, lots of nice parts on that bike. I feel your pain, being an owner of that same expensive internally geared hub myself. Hearing about thefts makes a little nervous about my new Vulture, which will be a bit more of a theft target and a lot more expensive to replace than any other bike I've owned so far.

    I hope history repeats itself, and your bike turns up "found" again, just like happened last time.

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    Word gets around

    These type of people talk to each other, now that some of them know, you will have to be more diligent. Once one finds out that you have got cool stuff, it can all go downhill from there, until he and all of his buddies are locked up. They can't remember rules and common decency, but they can remember where they found valuable stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GlowBoy
    Do you think it was stolen by tweakers for the hydraulic fluid (as was speculated last year)?
    That seems pretty far-fetched. Tweakers view the entire world in increments of $10-nuances like what stuff is actually used for are lost on them. They're becoming a huge problem here in NW Oregon/SW Washington. What's really a drag is the fact that a cop could have caught the scumbag in the act and arrested him and he'd most likely have been back the next night hoping to steal the same bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by endure26
    I FU#$ING hate bike thieves!!! They need to be shot, castrated, boiling in Phil Tenacious oil. Probably stole it so they can sell it for $10 and buy some crack.

    When I was in 8th grade, I got a brand new red 10-speed LeTour from my parents. I loved that bike. My first real bike. I rode it everywhere. It was really what inspired me to my passion and addiction to bikes today. However, some MF stole it out of our backyard. Talk about disappointment. I cried. Then I busted my ass for the rest of the summer to buy a replacement - a Super Le Tour. It was nicer, lighter, pretty shade of blue..but it wasn't the same. When you ride with passion, your bike becomes a part of you. When you lose it, it's like a little part of you is lost.

    Sorry to hear this happened. I hope you can recover or replace it without too much frustration.
    That stinks! one day my dad played a mean joke on me. I was 10 years old and in love with my bxm bike. He took it to the shop to get the cranks tightened...but he told me someone stole it from the yard...and I cried and cried. He felt bad, trying to hide that lameass smile of his, he told me it was a joke. I forgave him.

    My dad R.I.P.

    Anyway, boiling in Phil Tenacious oil? No way man! Don't spend a dime on them fukkers. Just put them in a burlap bad and drop them off a bridge...

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    Sorry, Bob

    Hope you git 'er back. Quick.

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    Too bad it would be illegal to put out eyecandy attached to somthing that goes boom on your front porch. It would actually be fun cleaning the mess afterwards, no?
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    chain lock with disk lock

    get a chain lock with a small "U" lock, called a disk lock, along a cable or another narrow U lock
    $70~$100 from OnGuard or Kryptonite (NY Ferhgetaboutit)

    i use a Ferhgetaboutit and a u-lock, inside my own house or when commuting with my roadbike

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    Second thing I checked ...

    was that your bike was still in the garage! It was and is. Gonna get some kinda locking mechanism for the bikes that are gonna be on the rack for the trip down. Better would be to stop at someones house halfway down and have a safe place to put them. Probably be good to do that in Tucson too. I'm a little leary about leaving for a couple of weeks now, Claire'll keep 'em outa the house but...

    Changed out the rear wheel on the Vulture, put the Novatech good ol standby wheel on. The Stealth hub only lasted 1 month this time, and the axle broke too. Geared now 34:18 but with a 2.3" Gazzi, which mellows it out a bit, vice the 2.6" gazzi.

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    the good news is...

    that it was Sturmey-Archer AW hub, not the SRAM hub.

    still,
    ACK


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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailNut
    get a chain lock with a small "U" lock, called a disk lock, along a cable or another narrow U lock
    $70~$100 from OnGuard or Kryptonite (NY Ferhgetaboutit)

    i use a Ferhgetaboutit and a u-lock, inside my own house or when commuting with my roadbike
    Maybe good enough for inside the house, but a battery-powered dremel tool will cut through them like a hot knife through butter.

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    Dang, didn't think of that....

    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    Maybe good enough for inside the house, but a battery-powered dremel tool will cut through them like a hot knife through butter.

    <img src="https://altura.speedera.net/ccimg.catalogcity.com/210000/211100/211119/Products/5191946.jpg">

    I gots something like that, its still in the house so they didn't use my dremel.

    Dang you Fast Eddy, yer always thinkin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Locoman
    Too bad it would be illegal to put out eyecandy attached to somthing that goes boom on your front porch. It would actually be fun cleaning the mess afterwards, no?
    It would almost be worth the three years in jail (assuming diminished capacity and a good lawyer) to see a bike thief get vaporized in place.

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    Someone needs to invent an electric shock lock. Like the weird collars for dogs who can't seem to stay within a preset limit.

    I mean, come on, bike thieves should be shocked to the level at which people defecate themselves.

    (I think I need to patent this.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by red-haze.com
    Was woke up this morning by noises on the front porch and the motion light coming on. My Redline Monocog commuter bike had been cut from its cable lock and stolen. Called the police and the officer showed up pretty quick, within 15 minutes or so. It was a foggy morning and I didn't go out looking for it as I waited for the police to show up.

    Anyways, this bike is black with bright yellow handlebar tape on bullhorn bars. It has a light generator built into the front hub so the front hub looks kinda big, and the rear wheel had a 3 speed internal geared Sturmey Archer hub. It also had the Magura HS-11 hydraulic rim brakes, like what Sue has on her SS. I'm looking to see if I can find the serial number, you'd think I'd learn after last years experience.

    The lock was a Specialized S-Works cable lock, not sure what it was cut with. Funny thing is that the theives bypassed the "Chainless" bike (uses a shaft drive) that was also on the porch and unlocked! guess it wasn't very attractive, huh.

    anyways, be careful out there.

    bike ON

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    oh man.... but you have another bike? that's good... in september my Gary Fisher was taken out of a shut shed in a fenced-in back yard, meters from my window. but i had nothing else to ride, and that really drove me nuts...
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    Oddly enough

    put out eyecandy attached to somthing that goes boom
    bike thieves should be shocked to the level at which people defecate themselves.
    One fine spring day after class, I followed an orange ext cord leading from the
    grille of a BMW to an apt & asked the dude what was the deal with the cord.
    I knew the car wasnt a deisel...I'd seen him drive by from time to time
    Apparently the guy wired his BMW with just enough juice to make would
    be theives piss themselves if they touched his beloved automobile.
    I neved laid a finger on the car to see if he was BSing me.

    Months later he was arrested for DUI & evading police...
    they found a "pet" mtn lion in his apt.
    4' square 2X12's with lots of sand were fashioned into a litter box.
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    I think Booby-Traps are illegal. Isn't that a parody. You can become a criminal by protecting yourself from criminals.

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    Where?

    I can't do much with the description if I don't have a location.

    Sorry 'bout the bike. I had a chainsaw stolen...not the same.
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    that sucks dude, as a young lad i had nunmerous bikes stolen. i have come to the conclusion that bike theives need to be beaten, cops are usless. you should form a lynch mob and go out cruising for your bike, tucson is big, but get the word out , you may get it back, but you may not....i advocate violence.

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    This reminds me of my brother. He has had two cars "stolen" from in front of his house in the last 3 months. But my brother smokes crack, so I often wonder if his cars were really stolen. Either way I'm sure the laws of Karma were applied to my brother. As long as you don't smoke crack then I feel sorry for your loss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    Maybe good enough for inside the house, but a battery-powered dremel tool will cut through them like a hot knife through butter.

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    These kind of posts always give me mixed feelings. I'm glad to know that I may not be secure with a certain lock or chain. But a concerned by the fact that some bike thieves that may not have known, know now

    Not all bike thieves are tweakers or crack heads. Some are reasonably smart pro thieves, who just happen to be A$$holes with no morals or sense of decency. They are probably smart enought to be watching forums like this for trade info.
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    I wouldn't go so far ....

    Quote Originally Posted by curbdestroyer666
    that sucks dude, as a young lad i had numerous bikes stolen. i have come to the conclusion that bike theives need to be beaten, cops are usless. you should form a lynch mob and go out cruising for your bike, tucson is big, but get the word out , you may get it back, but you may not....i advocate violence.
    ...as to say cops are useless. But we do need help. Take a few moments and write down your serial number and don't rely on your receipt, a lot of times the shops write it down wrong. Many bike theives can be pretty sophisticated; componenets are swapped out and frames are repainted (rattle can black seems to be very popular). I have recovered a hundred or so bicycles and most were simply by description. It would be 3-4 times that many if folks would first report their bikes as being stolen and second know the serial number.

    Saying this I am probably the only cop in Santa Cruz County that really cares about stolen bikes and this is a small town were all the the bike shops know me and give me a heads up when someone comes in with a suspicious bike. I remember one time some tweaker came in with a Gray Fisher works bike asking how to make the (SID) shock work. The dude went to the pokey and a team rider got her bike back.

    Finally you've got to be paraniod as hell. I never lock my bikes because they are never out of my sight. If anyone ever steals one of my bikes they will have to commit a felony burglary and everyone in town knows what my bikes look like.

    Quote Originally Posted by donkekus
    Someone needs to invent an electric shock lock. Like the weird collars for dogs who can't seem to stay within a preset limit.

    I mean, come on, bike thieves should be shocked to the level at which people defecate themselves.

    (I think I need to patent this.)
    Sorry to burst your bubble but an electric shock does not usually cause unitentional eliminations. We've been using Tasers for a while and I've even taken a hit myself and it doesn't happen. But you should know anyone can buy a Taser (at least in California), the contact variety not the the one with the darts, which could still be useful catching a bike theif

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    Quote Originally Posted by quaffimodo
    That seems pretty far-fetched. Tweakers view the entire world in increments of $10-nuances like what stuff is actually used for are lost on them.
    I wasn't suggesting that they would steal the bike the functional use of the fluid (in which case I agree completely) -- nor for its monetary value, which is practically nil anyway. When Bob's stolen BREW was found last year, the fluid had been drained out and there was speculation (in this thread) that somehow tweakers had found some way to make use of the hydraulic fluid for its chemical properties.

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