My bike was stolen

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I've been locking it to itself (D-lock through the back wheel and seat post) for ten years. Finally caught up with me some time in the last couple of days. It was outside my house before the weekend. It was gone this morning.

Major bummer. Totally dependent on it for transport. Cost £300 new in 2002 and probably spent £200 on it since (including £90 on a new rear wheel, sprocket, brakes, cables and tune-up two months ago).

I will pour one out for it tonight before going to see The Happening : ((((

caek, Wednesday, 18 June 2008 15:29 (sixteen years ago) link

I wrote my old postcode on it in UV marker and I think I registered the frame somewhere (Thames Valley Police), so I will call it in, but there's no chance I'm getting it back amirite.

caek, Wednesday, 18 June 2008 15:32 (sixteen years ago) link

that sucks man :(
where do you live? nobody ever ever self-locks in new york

sleep, Wednesday, 18 June 2008 16:19 (sixteen years ago) link

Oxford, UK. There's like two bikes per person and most of them are beaters here, so it's usually fine.

caek, Wednesday, 18 June 2008 16:36 (sixteen years ago) link

Really sorry to hear this.

Locking up to a proper immovable object is really the only way to go. If it's for an extended period like several days then multiple locks would be great.

krakow, Wednesday, 18 June 2008 20:46 (sixteen years ago) link

My friend from Detroit recently saw my bike locked to a street sign and said "In Detroit, they'd just steal the street sign."

Laurel, Wednesday, 18 June 2008 21:13 (sixteen years ago) link

^happened to me once in the peak district (OK they only pulled the sign out of the ground and removed the bikes).

Ed, Thursday, 19 June 2008 06:42 (sixteen years ago) link

lol at Thames Valley Police questions. "What colour is the sprocket chainguard? What type of handle grips does it have?"

caek, Thursday, 19 June 2008 09:19 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Jon Snow feels ur pain

CEO OF MY LYFE (Upt0eleven), Thursday, 10 September 2009 15:17 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

My bike was stolen a few months ago (again) while it he possession of a friend, which is fine because it was insured. My problem is that I don't have proof of ownership and although they'd be happy with a photo, for some reason I don't seem to have a single picture of that bike, despite my camera and my ride being seen together on numerous occasions.

I've found a photo using GIS of a bike of the exact same model and colour as mine and I'm tempted to send it to the insurers but I fear being sussed out if they were to perform the exact same search. Chances of that happening, d'you reckon? Would you do it?

a le tiss faux-cunt (Upt0eleven), Thursday, 13 January 2011 11:19 (thirteen years ago) link

My brother had his bike stolen recently (house burglary), he did have a photo, but I got the impression from him that they were very nitpicky, and did do searches for that sort of thing. Of course if it's the only way you've got any chance of getting the money, then it might be worth a shot, idk.

He did do a bank statement from when he bought it, and a reference to the price at the time as well, don't know whether that helps.

Herr Kapitan Pugvosh (GamalielRatsey), Thursday, 13 January 2011 11:22 (thirteen years ago) link

unfortunately that particular bike was an insurance replacement from the last time it was stolen so I don't have any proof of purchase. (wasn't the same insurance company apparently, otherwise that would have saved me a lot of time).

I think I might just keep digging and/or appeal to the facebook community to see if any of my friends have a picture somewhere.

a le tiss faux-cunt (Upt0eleven), Thursday, 13 January 2011 11:28 (thirteen years ago) link

ah, balls. Yes, definitely doctored picture the way to go. What sort was it? (in ungoogleable terms obv).

Herr Kapitan Pugvosh (GamalielRatsey), Thursday, 13 January 2011 12:19 (thirteen years ago) link

Was a Sp3cialized H4rdr0ck Sport and about five years old although in decent nick. I'd pretty much given up on it and donated it to a friend (whose flat it was stolen from outside) anyway, so if I can get a more suitable replacement I'll be quite happy. bit of a hassle, but I suppose it has to be.

a le tiss faux-cunt (Upt0eleven), Friday, 14 January 2011 09:52 (thirteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Replaced! With a Mongoose Maurice that I may never ever lock outside.

a le tiss faux-cunt (Upt0eleven), Wednesday, 9 February 2011 19:12 (thirteen years ago) link

congrats! keep it safe.

end aggro business now (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 9 February 2011 19:26 (thirteen years ago) link

eleven months pass...

I increasingly feel like i just left the bike upthread outside a pub somewhere.

caek, Friday, 13 January 2012 14:19 (twelve years ago) link

u can insure bike? State Farm won't insure mine.

Mariusz Smiley (admrl), Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:45 (twelve years ago) link

think it might be covered under home insurance?

Porto for Pyros (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:56 (twelve years ago) link

oh ok

Mariusz Smiley (admrl), Thursday, 19 January 2012 20:36 (twelve years ago) link

It's covered under home/renters, but depending on yr deductible it might not matter much.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 17:31 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

My bike was stolen

☝ (am0n), Thursday, 19 September 2013 17:53 (ten years ago) link

(in july)

☝ (am0n), Thursday, 19 September 2013 17:53 (ten years ago) link


Tetsu: The Inoue Man (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 19 September 2013 18:22 (ten years ago) link

(in july)

Tetsu: The Inoue Man (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 19 September 2013 18:22 (ten years ago) link

cannot believe this still hasn't happened to me though

did you get a replacement? What happened? Bike theft is the fucking worst

Tetsu: The Inoue Man (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 19 September 2013 18:23 (ten years ago) link

i was stupid and forgot i left it unlocked. in a city thats basically giving it away for free. it was my dream bike lemond so it was kinda painful.
i just got a used one off craigslist the other day but its not rideable yet

☪☮⚤✡i☯✞ (am0n), Friday, 20 September 2013 14:32 (ten years ago) link

caught a guy levering the pvc window into our apartment building this morning. six or seven bikes in there, all locked but seeing as most ppl are out duing the day (i just had a late start this AM) that wouldnt have been a huge problem for him. gonna ask management to cage the windows.

gangover over sam over (darraghmac), Monday, 23 September 2013 15:39 (ten years ago) link

My bike was stolen in August. I chained it up under the stairs to my building (where it was hidden from the street) and used a decent lock but some son of a bitch found it and stole it. I didn't have it insured :(

I'm getting a new bike soon and I'm not sure whether to lock it to railings outside (using a decent D-lock of course), or keep it in the hallway to my building where there is nothing to chain it to but the front door locks and it wouldn't be visible from the street. Any thoughts on which would be a better place to keep it?

paolo, Thursday, 3 October 2013 14:02 (ten years ago) link

two weeks pass...

keep it in your apartment

am0n, Thursday, 17 October 2013 15:13 (ten years ago) link

, paolo

am0n, Thursday, 17 October 2013 15:13 (ten years ago) link

yeah and if nothing else, lock the front wheel to the bike so people can't just roll it away

eris bueller (lukas), Thursday, 17 October 2013 15:52 (ten years ago) link

I do both of those things (lock frame + wheel around a pole, even a kind of big pole) with my ABUS SUPER DUPER SWIVEL LOCK

Stevie D(eux), Thursday, 17 October 2013 18:39 (ten years ago) link

one month passes...

The police found my bike that got stolen, four months later. They saw some guy who looked a bit dodgy and who had a bike so they stopped him and asked where he got it. He said he bought it on Youtube :s

They checked the serial number and sure enough it was mine, so now I have two bikes. I'm going to sell the stolen one even though I only got it in April. It had been kept in good condition and now it has a padded seat cover and one of those seatpost bags, so that's a plus

The moral of this story is take a note of your bike's serial number just in case

paolo, Sunday, 17 November 2013 11:40 (ten years ago) link


score 1 for profiling!

cozen, Sunday, 17 November 2013 18:02 (ten years ago) link

wow, i don't think this has ever happened afaik. taking a drink just for you, congrats!

why is it i'm diggin your played out rhyme scenes (Hunt3r), Monday, 18 November 2013 02:53 (ten years ago) link

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