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Don’t Steal Bikes!

Here’s a little something to chuckle at to start your Friday. If someone was trying to steal your bike, how would YOU react? This guy had enough wits about him to film the interaction, which starts out pretty standard, but then he “can’t even handle it anymore” and apparently just has to ride away. But hey, props for the moments of compassion amidst the tirade. Watch your rides y’all!

About Scott Spitz

Commuting, touring, kid hauling, couriering, mechanic work, sales, advocacy, fixed, free—Scott has had his hands in it all over the years.

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  1. Richard MasonerJuly 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    So the thief is trying to justify his bike theft? Did I catch that right?

    Looks like a pretty pricey rig

  2. MageSTYKJuly 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    When I had my Koga Miyata stolen back in 2010. Several days later I saw the thief riding my bike and I followed him home. When I confronted the guy, he behaved the thief asshole on the video.

    I was sooo danm angry I backed away and called the cops.

    Now Ladies and Gents, I will give you three simple advice.
    1. If you have a bike ‘today’… Please take a few minutes and take picture of the bicycle and Serial numbers.

    2. Save/upload it to facebook, photobucket, google, icloud, or whatever. Just save it.

    3. If your bike ever gets stolen, REPORT IT TO THE POLICE! You wont get it back, they wont look for it, BUT they will have a report/record of it.
    This was important, because it was my word against the thief. When I gave the police my statement, they looked me up on their computers, verified the serial number and gave me my bike.

  3. J.MillerJuly 6, 2012 at 7:52 pm


    4.Register your bike with your Police Dept

  4. sonofabikeJuly 7, 2012 at 2:42 am

    There was an orchestrated theft at gunpoint recently in the Oakland hills (CA) in which a rider lost his Ibis road bike and some jewelry. The reported getaway vehicle was a grey 1980s Ford or Dodge family van. There’s a bike thief with a grey/white van in this video that fits the description, and it looks like it has CA tags. If this attempted theft happened in California, please call investigators handling the Oakland case at (510) 238-3326.

    I posted this comment on the video as well.



  5. J.MillerJuly 7, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I reposted this to my facebook page Sonofabike

  6. IggzDaLocJuly 12, 2012 at 10:48 pm


    Sooo that was the most fucked up 4th of July EVE I’ve ever had…. that’s for sure

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