Someone is trying to steal my bike..!

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Someone is trying to steal my bike..!

Postby denzzz28 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 16:43 pm

Went to University this morning with my bike and later when i was about to go home I saw another Kryptonite D lock attached to my bike. as soon as i saw it I know that its a strategy of thieves to steal my bike as it was obviously not accidentally lock by another cyclist. first of all this particular lock locked both the frame and the rear wheel and the detached front wheel all together, it was locked on top of my kryptonite D lock. the modus is that since you cant do anything about it, you will then have to leave it there overnight until you sort out someone to break the lock. and then the bloody thieves will come back at night take off their lock and bolt cut the my one.

I ask help with university security and the said "sorry theres nothing we can do about it". so I called the police and ask for help and they told me that this kind of modus has happened before but unfortunately they said they cant help me "sorry theres nothing we can do about it". so what im going to do now is go back there and power saw that F__king lock. I told the police and security what im going to do and they say its ok with them.

ill post an update about this matter later.

This post serves as a warning to other cyclist. if your bike is locked by someone else, i suggest you dont leave it until the next day to break the other lock because by the time you come back the next day your bike will be long gone.

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update!

Postby denzzz28 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 19:25 pm

1-0 for the humble bike owner!!

I manage to cut the damn Lock after 15mins. by the way the lock was a Kryptonite Newyork lock, it was a tough lock but not tough enough for my angle grinder. it was quite uncomfortable doing it though..! especially when people are looking at you thinking "is he stealing the bike" lol!!

so better luck next time BIKE THIEVES!!!! next time make it harder

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Postby lemoncurd » Tue Sep 06, 2011 20:07 pm

Well done, what bike do you have?

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Postby denzzz28 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 20:31 pm

lemoncurd wrote:Well done, what bike do you have?


Its a Cannondale six full Ultegra

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Postby lemoncurd » Tue Sep 06, 2011 20:51 pm

Nice, worth getting your grinder out for.

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Postby denzzz28 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 21:52 pm

I felt so good that i wanted to leave the broken lock with a note saying "Nice try! a__hole!". but thats just inviting more problems so i didnt do it. ill just imagine his face when he comes back and see that the bike is gone and thinking "there goes my £40 lock". lol!

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Postby derbygrimpeur » Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:30 am

Nice work, well done :D

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Postby Matt the Tester » Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:32 am

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Postby pinkbikini » Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:52 am

Did anyone ask you what you were doing/challenge you when you were anglegrinding the lock?

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Postby edhornby » Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:57 am

ironically I keep looking for a stolen bike of mine and if I ever found it, my Dlock would go straight on it followed by a call to the dibble

I'm guessing the uni doesn't have CCTV ?

although the best method of avoiding bike theft is to get a rubbish cheap bike rather than using the Six, it's a pain to store multiple bikes and annoying that we can't ride the bike we want to but it's preferable to losing your pride and joy
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Postby denzzz28 » Wed Sep 07, 2011 14:12 pm

pinkbikini wrote:Did anyone ask you what you were doing/challenge you when you were anglegrinding the lock?


it was quite late so there was an average 3-4 people passing every minute. I did got a lot of stare but they were mostly amusement rather than suspicion because the sparks that my angle grinder makes was hilarious considering it was dark already. but nobody challenged me what so ever.

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Postby denzzz28 » Wed Sep 07, 2011 14:25 pm

edhornby wrote:ironically I keep looking for a stolen bike of mine and if I ever found it, my Dlock would go straight on it followed by a call to the dibble

I'm guessing the uni doesn't have CCTV ?

although the best method of avoiding bike theft is to get a rubbish cheap bike rather than using the Six, it's a pain to store multiple bikes and annoying that we can't ride the bike we want to but it's preferable to losing your pride and joy


The uni have plenty of CCTV but unfortunately non of them are focus on any of the bike parking areas. i guess they dont give a damn about bike safety.

I use to have another bike for my daily commute but financial difficulty forced me to sell it. so i have no choice but to use my weekend bike for my daily commute. however, my bike is insured so im not too scared for it to get stolen. i could have left it there and get it knicked so i can have a new bike, but i just want to show BIKE THIEVES that they are stupid. that why i went back for it.

although the pain would be my attachment to the bike. so far this bike is the best one i ever had in terms of geometry and comfort that i like. i had 3 previous bikes that i have sold because its just doesnt feel right.. but yeah i agree i should by another less attractive bike for my commute.

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Postby Pross » Wed Sep 07, 2011 14:49 pm

What Uni is this? With the lax security that allows someone to cut a lock off unchallenged I think I might pay it a visit :lol:

Seriously though, glad you managed to protect your bike but as with others I'm not sure I'd be leaving a bike of that standard around - invest in a £50 POS.

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Postby Slow Downcp » Wed Sep 07, 2011 18:27 pm

The only thing to watch out for now is you've pi55ed them off and they may take the angle grinder to your frame. I'd definitly look to get the cash to buy a BSO, or a half decent Ebay job and cover it with insulation tape etc to make it look like a bag of knackers
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Postby priory » Mon Sep 12, 2011 17:24 pm

cctv

cameras at the tennis centre filmed thieves breaking int the boot of my wife's car and running off with the computer the whole thing as clear as anything, but the faces very blurry . police totally not interested.

get a hack bike right now.

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Postby Cressers » Wed Sep 14, 2011 09:07 am

A suggsetion for anyone else who finds themsleves in a similar situation, a plastic wrapped note taped to the offending thief's lock, informing them that you are aware of their plan and that they are under surveillance may well put them off.

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Postby Aerozine50 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 08:00 am

Or the other thing that happens is that the thieves cycle up and put their POS bike on the adjacent position and then lock their POS to yours through the rail. You go away and find someway of breaking out of it and when you come back both bikes are gonners.

Simple answer - Invest in a Stihl saw and then go on the rampage cutting their POS trap bike up and their locks. and then hide round the corner, wait for the thieves to return and turn the stihl saw on them. (Or at least thats what we'd all like to do!!).
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Postby ready2burn » Sun Oct 09, 2011 23:06 pm

Once at uni i parked my cheap commuter bike up... i came back from a lecture (in a rush) (to get to the pub) and some fool had not only chained their bike up but also accidentaly chained mine to theirs as well!

Owing to it being a (ridiculous) mistake i didn't get my angle grinder out, but was pretty annoyed about having to walk to and fro from the pub!!!

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Postby craker » Mon Oct 10, 2011 07:00 am

1. You're nuts leaving a good bike in a public place.
2. You own a portable angle grinder? I think your first post should have said '... but its OK I've got a portable angle grinder I'll just trash the thief's lock and get on with my day'

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Postby nicklouse » Mon Oct 10, 2011 07:39 am

so no one stopped or questioned you, are you still going to leave your good bike out in the open for hours on end?

Get a rat bike for the Uni run.
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