Bought an Orange 5 off Gumtree from a bloke from Leeds today?
Or know someone who did?
Did you/they respond to this ad, attracted by some low resolution shots of the bike?
“Orange 5 Mountain Bike (2009)
This Bike Is In Really Really Good Condition And Was Serviced On Last Month.
I Will Sadly Miss This Bike But The Bike Hardly Gets Used Now Which Is A Shame.
WorkThieving Takes All Time Up Now
FOX FLOAT R (130MM TRAVEL) FORKS
FOX FLOAT RP23 REAR SHOX
HOPE HYDROLIC BRAKES
SHIMANO XT FRONT AND REAR MECH
SHIMANO DEORE CRANK
WTB SPEED DISC WHEELS WITH HOPE HUBS
ULTRA LITE SPU REAR SWING ARM
SHIMANO XT SHIFTERS
This Is On Of Orange Top Of The Range Bike And Will Not Find A Better Down Hill Bike
NO TIMEWASTERS PLEASE
Did the the person say they were called Tony from Kirkstall?
Perhaps the deal was done in a car park.
If so then you/they have almost certainly bought my stolen bike. A 2005 Orange 5, frame number – 416007. Perhaps the frame number has been ground off?
If this is you/someone you know. Please contact me or Keighley police and let’s get some bike thieves nicked.
ThanksPosted 6 years ago
Police being really helpful, keeping me informed. I’m mindful of their priorities. A relatively small number of people responsible for lots of crime. Locking up 1 burglar can make a big local difference. Contributing to that would be a result for me regardless of whether my bike is recovered.Posted 6 years agocoopersport1Member
Gritty think James was suggesting £450 is about right! Really how much do you value it at? I’ve got a top spec 2006 Five that I don’t value at much more than £500 on a good day.
Yes it’s been nicked and culprit needs stopping, very sad, but £450 really does sound about all it’s worth and not a ‘to good to be true deal’, so buyer could be genuine.Posted 6 years agohexhamstuMember
I’ve come to the conclusion that all bikes on gumtree are stolen.
This “Orange 5” is clearly twoc’dPosted 6 years ago
£450 for a 2009 Orange 5 seems to me a good deal but quite a bad deal for my 2005 bike. Yes, the bike could’ve been bought in good faith. In which case the buyer’s potentially been as swindled as I was robbed. As to the the value of recovering my property from the lowlife the broke into my property and took it, that goes beyond the value of the bike.Posted 6 years ago
Yes. I think we agree that £450 for a 2005 Orange 5, even one as well looked after as mine, is “a little on the high side”. An indication, among many, that the advert was dodgy. If anyone has any information that could help the police in catching what is probably a quite prolific thief and general ne’er-do-well, please pass this on to West Yorkshire police quoting the crime number 619/31st. Thanks.Posted 6 years ago
Grittyshaker, I’m really struggling to get this. Firstly, I hate thieving scum AND people who KNOWINGLY buy stolen gear (cars, bikes, anything). Secondly, I genuinely feel for you having your pride and joy nicked. BUT …. I’ve read the ad again and apart from the spelling mistakes, there is nothing to make it obvious that the bike is nicked. You started by saying that the advertised price was obviously too low, your last post states that the high price indicates it was dodgy …
If some poor unsuspecting fella has bought your bike, you are just making absolutely sure that he/she doesn’t help you out because you’re branding the buyer with the same guilty stamp as the thieving scumbag.
I’m in Leeds, I read the ad, am reasonably intelligent … and I didn’t immediately decide it was a dodgy bike. You’re right be pissed off but don’t call the world stupid. If in the next few weeks, one of the Leeds riders sees your bike out on the trails with its happy, honest new buyer who has just parted with his savings for a shiny 2005 Orange 5 – wouldn’t it be best to have them on your side?Posted 6 years agogingerssMember
For me this is the line that set the alarm bells ringing ‘ This Is On Of Orange Top Of The Range Bike And Will Not Find A Better Down Hill Bike’.
Can’t blame the guy for venting his anger a little. I’ll add that I’ll also keep my eye out over the coming weeks around the local trails.Posted 6 years ago
I’d argue that his grammar & spelling malfunction just says that the advertiser is not particularly literate gingerss. I’ve put stuff on eBay after a glass of plonk then read it back the next morning and thought WTF???
Of course I don’t blame Grittyshaker for venting, I’d be exactly the same but if some poor bugger has bought his bike in good faith and then reads this, then any cooperation is less likely because the comments were crucifying the buyer as well.
I suppose what I’m saying is, on another day, at another time – any of us could be suckered in. 😕Posted 6 years ago
Thanks m2cyclone1. I never said the price was too low. I said, “Seller clearly doesn’t know what they’ve got”. I’ve always thought £450 on the high side for my 2005 bike.
Plenty of people who saw the full ad (with shonky, low res shots) thought it was dodgy. I’m not discounting what, I think, may be the remote possibility that someone bought the bike, without a hint of suspicion, in circumstances that the police tell me are quite likely to conform to the “in a car park/back of the pub” stereotype.
I suppose what is more likely is that someone on here sees a “friend of a friend” roll up on my bike one weekend and decides to do the decent thing. This in some round about, possibly even karmic, way may prevent – their own property being broken into, spouse frightened for the security of our home and safety of our baby, and hard earned possessions being taken from us by lowlife.
I may have been a little scathing in the tone of some of my posts. But if you nicked my bike or bought it under the likely circumstances described to me by the police you are part of the problem not the solution. If the circumstances are different, perhaps the seller did invite you into their home and appeared completely plausible, then “sorry” you’ve very likely got my bike and that doesn’t make you an idiot, we can all be conned. I’d be hopeful and grateful if you’re able to value your principles above what you paid for it and contact the police.
There seems to be a degree of defeatism on here about bike theft. Or maybe, more likely, my bike theft 🙂 . However, as I’ve said, the value of the bike is a relatively minor issue in comparison to the principle that some ne’er do well felt able to come onto my property, break into my home and take what didn’t belong to them. I’ll not be apologetic about doing what little I can to catch the feckers.Posted 6 years ago
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