My road bike just got stolen

  • mtdinnyc

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    Nov 18, 2007 2:09 AM GMT
    Aw man, this sucks.

    My less-than-a-year-old 2006 Felt F65 got stolen today outside the Barnes & Noble on 6th Ave & 22nd. A beautiful silver alloy frame with black carbon fork & seat stays and detachable aerobars. Happily rode it during my first season of doing triathlons this past summer.

    My ride in happier times:
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    The one and only time I stupidly used my Kryptonite cable lock instead of my honkin' Fahgettaboudit chain and didn't keep the bike in sight while it was locked. It disappeared in less than 30 minutes. icon_cry.gif

    Not holding out hope, but after last week's NY Times story http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/11/14/stolen-bike-geeky-chat-room-comes-to-the-rescue/ figured it's worth a shot in case anyone in the NYC area sees it around town. If nothing else, it's a cautionary tale for others.

    Headed to the police station now to file a report. icon_cry.gif
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    Nov 18, 2007 4:11 AM GMT
    Do they have ways of putting some kind of identifier on a bike so it can be identified?

    What about a lo-jack for a bike? Do they have those?

    That would be neat a lo-jack that goes inside the frame.

    Anyway, sorry to hear about your loss. I know how those kinds of things make you sick to your stomach....kick yourself for not doing something to prevent it.

    How much does a bike like that cost?
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    Nov 18, 2007 4:19 AM GMT
    A quick Google search says that bike costs around $1600.
  • art_smass

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    Nov 18, 2007 5:45 AM GMT
    My heart goes out to you. I have an unusual attachment to my bike. It was first thing I bought when I received the advance for the first book I sold. I'm not a sentimental person, but it means so much more to me than almost anything I own.

  • Nov 18, 2007 4:00 PM GMT
    Apparently you can get an anti-theft tracking device, similar to Lojack, for bikes. It's called the ProAct-IV stolen bicycle tracking system. I'm not sure how much it costs but click on the link below for more info.
    Also, I read in an article in the NY Times about bike theft that a lot of people make the mistake of locking their bike to the horizontal bar of scaffolding, which can be unscrewed easily.
    Anyway, hope this helps in preventing the future loss of any bike and I hope you get your bike back, it's a sweet ride.

    http://www.pegtech.com/sbts.htm
  • UStriathlete

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    Nov 18, 2007 4:00 PM GMT
    bummer! icon_sad.gif

    hope you get it back.

    my friend matty reed (us pro triathlete) just got two brand new bikes stolen out his garage in boulder co.

    it just sucks!!!!icon_evil.gificon_cry.gif
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    Nov 18, 2007 5:01 PM GMT
    I feel your pain bud. Really I do! I moved to Seattle a year ago at this time. I grew up on Northwest Iowa. I had a nice Mountian bike, it was like a pair of good broken in running shoes, we worked well together. I chained it to the bike rack in my new complex garage and within 3 days of moving here, it was gone. WELCOME TO SEATTLE! Im still pissed about it, I've not replaced it yet. SO, I totally feel your pain.
  • atxclimber

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    Nov 18, 2007 6:06 PM GMT
    OMFG, I can't imagine having my road bike stolen. I'm more attached to it than I am to my car!

    I have a beat-up old Kona Blast that isn't even quite the right size for me that I've had forever and turned into a Frankenbike, hardtail with hybrid slicks, rear rack, covered in stickers, worth probably $150 these days, that I ride around town. My policy with my road bike is I never take it on a ride where I would have to lock it up.

    That was a lovely bike. I hope you get it back. icon_sad.gif
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    Nov 18, 2007 6:12 PM GMT
    That fucking sucks. About 10 years ago, I woke up, hearing noise, walked into the living room and saw a burglar rolling my road bike out the door. I yelled, he jumped on it and pedaled away. After that, I literally chained my bikes to a huge iron bed I had.
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    Nov 18, 2007 6:18 PM GMT
    Horse thieves used to be hanged. The bike is your horse...
  • mtdinnyc

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    Nov 18, 2007 8:28 PM GMT
    Thanks all for your words of support - totally sucky situation, but nice to know I'm not alone.

    Yep, the bike is cost upwards of $2000 when you add in the pedals, aerobars & sales tax. I'm cautiously optimistic that my condo insurance (which covers the contents of my apartment) will allow me to recover at least some of that dough. Thankfully I've got all my receipts and paperwork.

    Don't know about other cities but there is a bike registration program here in NYC -- sadly, as the Times article says....of the approximately 60K bikes stolen each year only 2% get recovered.

    Did a 4 mile running race this morning to pound out some of my frustration. Only bummer was watching all the other folks zipping around Central Park on their road bikes.

    On the upside, there are lots of bike sales going on right now...so a replacement bike might not set me back as much if I were to be looking for one in the Springtime.

    Till next time....lock 'em up!
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    Nov 18, 2007 8:41 PM GMT
    What is worse is when you really like a bike and its gets stolen and you can't replace it. I want my MARIN HAWK HILL back. Triangular alum frame..super stiff and .natural alum finish like yours..
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    Dec 01, 2007 3:24 PM GMT
    Hey there Mtdinnyc (and others),

    Insurance Tip I Learned:

    Check with your homeowners policy to make sure there isn't a specific clause on bicycles. My insurance agent asked me if I had any expensive bikes. I told her yeah. She said the insurance company I have only covers bikes up to $500 and if you want to insure something more than that you need to get a special insurance rider for expensive bikes.

    Just thought you would like to know that.

    I'm really sorry about your loss. I hope you get your bike back but like the statistics show, it's probably not in your favor.icon_cry.gif

    Bill

    P.S. From what I understand it's really "irreplaceable" because Felt doesn't have the F65 in its 08 lineup.