Thieving Bristol scum convinced me that owning just 1 bike is the best policy
Great, just lost my 3rd bike in the last 4 weeks. this time my fault (propped up outside the bakers for 2 minutes while I bought a loaf).
If anyone spots a couple of kids in baseball caps (LOL!!) riding a red Prince Albert, kick them in the nuts for me. They took it from outside the Golden Lion / Joe’s Bakery on Gloucester Road at about 4.45pm and headed up Berkeley Road. the police are out now looking. Got them on CCTV too, so you never know.
So, my fleet is now down to just 1 bike, I’ve lost my Prince Albert, Spesh Enduro and Epic this year. Dont think I can claim for this one and getting insurance for next year is going to be a mare. This has got to me the most too, having built the bike up just how I liked it, can replace it off the shelf like the others.
What the fek is wrong with people? Pointless question I know, but this is really starting to ____ me off. It isnt safe to own anything of value around here, time to move to the country I think.Posted 9 years ago
My sister & boyfriend were visiting last week and borrowed both my old Merlin Malt and my wife’s Giant XTC to do some sightseeing around town. Locked them to a bike rack outside a museum, 15mins later a dude turns up with boltcroppers to snip the Krptonite steel cable and has them away in seconds. Witnesses saw them go but didn’t do anything, police took statements but I know we won’t see them again.
So its the Heckler and only the Heckler for me now, and time to go bike shopping for the missus.
As my sister put it: “The good news is that you don’t have to clean your bike this weekend; the bad news is that you don’t have a bike anymore.”Posted 9 years agoT1000Member
don’t give up hope…I got my Epic back in Bristol, the boy’s in blue found it in a crack dealers house in Knowle…..the key thing in getting it back was my detailed description and that despite the sc#m b#g changing the saddle, tyres and believe it or not a kick stand! it was distinctive enough to trace
although i wish the kn#b hadn’t pressure washed everything to death hubs, bb, headset, f&R shocks and pivots.
Bristol’s a nightmare my bike was secured in the basement of PWC’s building but the security guard let the scummer in (then denied everything and PWC covered everything up…)Posted 9 years agobombermanMember
borrowed both my old Merlin Malt and my wife’s Giant XTC to do some sightseeing around town
you shouldn’t really have let them go for a pootle round town on your fancy mountain bikes. That’s quite a naive thing to do. i wouldn’t even take my bike into town. it stays in the house unless i’m taking it mountain bikingPosted 9 years agothepodgeMember
rat bikes for town are the way forward. as are front brakes only, on the wrong side of the bars, plus i never used my granny ring so fixed it so shifting into that gear threw the chain off onto the bb shell. always great to see someone’s legs spin at a million miles an hour but get no where then go head over heals when they use the brakesPosted 9 years ago
you shouldn’t really have let them go for a pootle round town on your fancy mountain bikes. That’s quite a naive thing to do. i wouldn’t even take my bike into town. it stays in the house unless i’m taking it mountain biking
I know, I know. The wife and I know to never leave such bikes unguarded in town but my sister asked to take the bikes for a ride around the local park one day so we happily agreed, no problem. The next day they took them to the museum without saying anything, so we didn’t get a chance to warn them about such things and as non-bikers they assumed a strong lock would be enough. Ha ha, if only!Posted 9 years ago
as are front brakes only, on the wrong side of the bars
My only consolation is that I’m currently in Vancouver, so the thief was probably expecting the front brake to be on the left. I really, really like to think that he might have gone over the bars before he found out it was on the right.Posted 9 years agothepodgeMember
as are front brakes only, on the wrong side of the bars
[quote]Posted 9 years ago
My only consolation is that I’m currently in Vancouver, so the thief was probably expecting the front brake to be on the left. I really, really like to think that he might have gone over the bars before he found out it was on the right.[/quote] i HAVE to run the front brake on the right otherwise it creates interesting times when i switch to the motorbikedobiejessmoMember
I know this wont help but its not just Bristol.I drive around Cheltenham for a living.See these two scumy man and woman most days riding around on crap bikes,then tonight riding home see them again the guy is on a Cannondale bad boy,so someones lost a nice bike.They dont work so they hardly going to spend £500 on a bike.What can you do,i would start chopping there limbs off hand caught once,then other hand caught twice and so on,they wouldnt do it again in a hurry,maybe abit extreme but something got to be done.Posted 9 years agoRichPennyMember
Sorry to hear about the theft, hopefully a shiny new bike will make up for it 🙂
Our company did bike to work without using cyclescheme, direct with LBS. We could have custom bikes, but it had to be a full bike (this part is slightly discretionary, but we wanted to follow the rules). I would have thought that cyclescheme would be the same, don’t they just issue a voucher to the shop selling the bike? If it helps, I think my LBS have a nice Sanderson frame in for £50? Could be a starter…Posted 9 years agochakapingSubscriber
anyone want to recommend a replacement for £1000 so that I can use my works Cycle Scheme? P7 would have been nice maybe, dont know if I can buy parts and build another PA up under that scheme?
You might consider getting a complete bike from somewhere like Merlin and swap the frame for a PA.
Gutted for you, sounds like Bristol is the best and the worst place to live if you’re a cyclist.Posted 9 years agodotSubscriberKINGTUTMember
This story was in the Manchester Evening News – the other day, it sounds as if the Bristol force need one officer who has bike theft investigation as a large part of their remit (maybe they do already?!) Bristol really does sound terrible for bike theft at the moment though.
We do, but it’s early days and they appear to be on a learning curve at the moment.
That’s proper shit about the PA, I’ll keep an eye out for it.
At the moment I’m fighting and winning (subject to checking this morning) a battle with a gang of thieving **** who have repeatedly attacked my garage over the last 8 weeks.Posted 9 years agoFOGSubscriber
Careful with that, a mate of mine was paying for petrol for his enduro bike when some scrotes tried to nick it. Luckily it was an XR600 and they couldn’t start it so he rushed out and started larruping the pair until their mates jumped out of a Nova[!!] with a baseball bat and enabled them to escape. When the police came they told him it was lucky they had gone cos my mate would have been done for assault! Aah sweet justicePosted 9 years ago
the police have left some “bait” outside Horfield prison over the last 2 weeks, but it’s so obvious. 2 £50 full suss halfords specials. No one touched them. I leave my PA alone for 2 minutes in exactly the same area and it’s gone. I do have CCTV pictures of them, hopefully the police can do something with that.
feeling stupid and bikeless this morning, browsing the web for a replacement hard tail / commuterPosted 9 years agoamediasSubscriber
its utter rubbish, sorry you lost your bike.
to put some perspective on it, a year or two ago I snapped the key off in my lock so walkied home, came back with a toolset and my mates small blowtorch and spent the next 20mins stealing my own bike, not once did anyone try to stop me and believe it or not a police car actually drove past while i was working on it.
There really is no sense of community, i wonder what would happen if they saw someone breaking into a house….
mattPosted 9 years ago
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