Riv-style 650B conversion stolen, please watch for

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Doug Shaker

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Oct 26, 2007, 11:28:28 AM10/26/07
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My step-daughter's 650B conversion was stolen on the afternoon
of October 25th, in Palo Alto, California. It is pretty
distinctive, so if you hear about it or see it, please let
me know.

Green Peugeot mixte frame with custom "FINGLAS" decals
and a Peugeot headbadge
Berthoud steel fenders
Albatross handlebars with cork grips and
Rivendell silver bar end shifters
Grand Bois tires
Veolcity Triple-V rims
Terry Liberator X saddle.
Rivendell Pa canvas panniers

Thanks!
_______________________
-Doug Shaker
1304 College Avenue 1-650-739-0810 fax: 650-739-0814
Palo Alto, CA 94306 do...@theshakers.org cell: 650-619-7809

April

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Oct 26, 2007, 2:35:31 PM10/26/07
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How sad. This type of Evil Crime must be stopped. If I see that I bike
I vow to personally wrench the bike from thier evil and boney claws!

-April

> Palo Alto, CA 94306 d...@theshakers.org cell: 650-619-7809

Doug Shaker

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Oct 26, 2007, 2:48:01 PM10/26/07
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Well, it is pretty sad. I built the bike up especially for her
with custom decals in a Celtic design that memorialized one of
her favorite Lord of the Rings characters, an ent named Finglas.
The seat tube decal had a drawing of a tree on it and to top it
off, we used Grand Bois tires (Grand Bois = French for "big
wood").

I don't know where anyone would sell such a unusual bike, but
I expect that the bony evil claws have already sold it to someone
for $20. If I see it, I plan to tell them it was stolen from me
and offer $40 cash to get it back.

Thanks for your help!

-Doug Shaker

Palo Alto, CA 94306 do...@theshakers.org cell: 650-619-7809

Lisa -S.H.

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Oct 26, 2007, 4:10:56 PM10/26/07
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Doug Shaker wrote:
> Well, it is pretty sad. I built the bike up especially for her
> with custom decals in a Celtic design that memorialized one of
> her favorite Lord of the Rings characters, an ent named Finglas.
> The seat tube decal had a drawing of a tree on it and to top it
> off, we used Grand Bois tires (Grand Bois = French for "big
> wood").
> I don't know where anyone would sell such a unusual bike, but
> I expect that the bony evil claws have already sold it to someone
> for $20. If I see it, I plan to tell them it was stolen from me
> and offer $40 cash to get it back.
> Thanks for your help!
> -Doug Shaker

Can you tell us a bit more on how it was stolen? Was it locked
somewhere? Might help us learn more about protecting our own bikes.
So sorry for your and her loss, I hope you get it back- it sounds very
beautiful. :(
Lisa

Doug Shaker

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Oct 26, 2007, 4:35:00 PM10/26/07
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At 01:10 PM 10/26/2007, Lisa-S.H. wrote:
>Can you tell us a bit more on how it was stolen? Was it locked
>somewhere? Might help us learn more about protecting our own bikes.
>So sorry for your and her loss, I hope you get it back- it sounds very
>beautiful. :(

It was locked with a cable lock through front wheel, frame, and rear
wheel to a bike rack. My guess is that they used something to cut
the cable. At my household, we will now be protecting at least the
frame with a good quality U-lock, supplemented with a good quality
cable through the wheels. Around here, the large number of
wheel-less frames (and frame-less wheels) locked to the racks
with a U-lock bear mute testimony to the effectiveness of a
decent U-lock.

I suppose we really should go to like-keyed pairs of U-locks, so
we can use one to lock frame and rear wheel to the rack and then
another to lock front wheel to frame. But I have only small hope
that the teenagers would be willing to do that...


- Doug "Anonymous" Shaker

Lisa -S.H.

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Oct 26, 2007, 4:44:07 PM10/26/07
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> I suppose we really should go to like-keyed pairs of U-locks, so
> we can use one to lock frame and rear wheel to the rack and then
> another to lock front wheel to frame. But I have only small hope
> that the teenagers would be willing to do that...
> - Doug "Anonymous" Shaker

Probably one of those things that only will happen when they start
spending their own money to buy or fix up their bikes. ;)
Lisa

Tim McNamara

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Oct 26, 2007, 5:34:45 PM10/26/07
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On Oct 26, 2007, at 1:48 PM, Doug Shaker wrote:

> Well, it is pretty sad. I built the bike up especially for her
> with custom decals in a Celtic design that memorialized one of
> her favorite Lord of the Rings characters, an ent named Finglas.
> The seat tube decal had a drawing of a tree on it and to top it
> off, we used Grand Bois tires (Grand Bois = French for "big
> wood").

They didn't just steal a bike- they stole much more than that. That
sucks. I sure hope you get it back.

> I don't know where anyone would sell such a unusual bike, but
> I expect that the bony evil claws have already sold it to someone
> for $20. If I see it, I plan to tell them it was stolen from me
> and offer $40 cash to get it back.

Especially when you explain to them that the wheels are a weird
French size and it's almost impossible to get tires- and when you do
they are $50 each! :-D

Say, I discovered that Finglas is also a town in Ireland near the
Tolka river (nice little coincidence):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finglas

John Speare

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Oct 26, 2007, 5:59:55 PM10/26/07
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On 10/26/07, Doug Shaker <do...@theshakers.org> wrote:
>

>
> It was locked with a cable lock through front wheel, frame, and rear
> wheel to a bike rack. My guess is that they used something to cut
> the cable. At my household, we will now be protecting at least the
> frame with a good quality U-lock, supplemented with a good quality
> cable through the wheels. Around here, the large number of
> wheel-less frames (and frame-less wheels) locked to the racks
> with a U-lock bear mute testimony to the effectiveness of a
> decent U-lock.
>


yep. It's true about U-locks. Our bike nonprofit gets bikes with
chains/cables wrapped around the frame all the time. We bought a bolt
cutter for $24 -- it cuts through all cables/chains so far. And pretty
easily at that.

Since getting the bolt cutters and seeing how easy and quickly they
slice through cables/chains, I'll only lock with a U lock if I'm going
where I can't see my bike. If I can see it, then I'll use the cheesy
pawn-shop handcuffs/scrawny cable to stop the opportunistic
grab-n-rider.

Doug: I'm really sorry that such a special bike was taken. It's hard
to get over. I lost a favorite of mine about a year and half ago and
just recently got sentimental over it's loss again. Bike thieves suck.
No matter how you slice it. I hope it turns up.

Best, John

--
John Speare
Spokane, WA USA
http://cyclingspokane.blogspot.com/

JoelMatthews

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Oct 26, 2007, 9:07:26 PM10/26/07
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>Our bike nonprofit gets bikes with
> chains/cables wrapped around the frame all the time. We bought a bolt
> cutter for $24 -- it cuts through all cables/chains so far. And pretty
> easily at that.

It depends upon the materials used for the chain. Stranded steel
cable in a diameter manageable to a bike rider will always be pretty
easy to cut. So will chains made with low grade steel.

On the other hand, heat treated alloy steel chains, such as the Abus I
use, are very difficult to cut with even a powered bolt cutter. Much
more so than a cheapo U Bolt. They are heavy, of course.

I prefer the Abus chains to U Bolts as they are more flexible when you
need to lock the bike to a less than optimal fixed object.

There are some metals that when stranded would be almost impossible to
cut. Unfortunately, the cable would probably cost more than a tricked
out Riv.

On Oct 26, 4:59 pm, "John Speare" <johnspe...@gmail.com> wrote:

Reid

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Oct 27, 2007, 12:34:59 AM10/27/07
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Well, if one of us who hangs out in PA sees it, what does your message
below mean? Did you report the theft to the police? If I see the bike
and call the police, will they know about it?

I will definitely keep a lookout for the bike.

Reid

Doug Shaker

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Oct 27, 2007, 12:50:24 AM10/27/07
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At 09:34 PM 10/26/2007, you wrote:

>Well, if one of us who hangs out in PA sees it, what does your message
>below mean? Did you report the theft to the police? If I see the bike
>and call the police, will they know about it?
>
>I will definitely keep a lookout for the bike.

It has been reported to the police and they should know about it.
I don't know say about what you should do if you see it. I guess
it's up to you...

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