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Which ones are most likely to get stolen?

Old 06-30-19, 05:13 PM
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Which ones are most likely to get stolen?

Out of the brands listed below, if you had to put in order which ones do you think would get stolen first? Assuming the bike in question is of roughly equal value.

Diamondback
Fuji
Jamis
Marin
Motobecane
Raleigh
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Old 06-30-19, 05:15 PM
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The one with the easiest lock or in the least public spot.
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Old 06-30-19, 05:16 PM
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I agree with katsup.
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Old 06-30-19, 05:17 PM
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Unless the thief is targeting a specific bike, it would be the one easier to take as mentioned above.
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Old 06-30-19, 05:21 PM
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I agree with katsup.
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Old 06-30-19, 05:27 PM
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They are just stickers on the frame and have no particular cachet. Two of them are even the same company.
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Old 06-30-19, 05:31 PM
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I have read about organized groups picking out high dollar mountain and road bikes also.
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Old 06-30-19, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by katsup View Post
The one with the easiest lock or in the least public spot.
This^^^^
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Old 06-30-19, 05:58 PM
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The one the meth head can see.
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Old 06-30-19, 06:07 PM
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I have a couple of bikes. One would be worth about $2k if it were new (Aluminum Cannondale Synapse with upgraded wheelset and 105 drivetrain). The other would be worth about $1k as outfitted if new (Aluminum Cannondale Quick CX with Alivio components and a Tubus rack).

Which one do I worry more about when I chain it up somewhere? The Quick, because its flashy color scheme just looks more enticing, and because it has platform pedals, flat bars, and a rack. Any dweeb tall enough to mount it could ride it off into the sunset. The Synapse has clipless pedals, drop bars, a subdued (even boring) color scheme, and no rack. It would be a little more difficult for someone to hop on it and ride off, and the color scheme just isn't all that enticing -- it doesn't stand out to someone who doesn't know what they're looking at.

Fortunately for me I've never lost a bike to theft. My hybrid is my commuter bike, but at work there's a key-card access bike cage and we individually lock our bikes inside the shared cage. Anywhere else, it's not out of my sight for long. I guess it could possibly go missing when I ride it to the gym; that's the one spot I park it for several hours without it being in my line of sight, though it is in a very public area and in front of windows that are visible from inside the gym.

I don't tend to park my road bike on racks much. It's for riding, not for trips to the store / work / gym, etc.

All locks can be defeated given enough time, and enough time is measured in minutes, not hours or days. The best approach, I think, is to have the best lock among the bikes on the rack you lock up to. Having a less flashy bike can probably help too; given the same locks, the junker bike is less likely to disappear than the flashy high end one.

At my home I have a Ring doorbell/camera and a Ring motion light/camera in front of the house. I know we cyclists constitute a smaller potential market than companies like Ring are seeking to conquer, but hopefully someday a kit with a beacon GPS and motion-activated front/rear cams will become commonplace and affordable for cyclists. It would be great if a bike could report its whereabouts and send pictures periodically of the front and rear view. Better still if the front-view cam had a selfie-facing camera too so you could receive mug shots of the rider. But we're not there yet; beacon GPSs exist but I suspect they would require a cell signal which can mean an expensive contract. Motion detecting cameras, I don't think, are a thing yet for bikes, and certainly not ones that send their captures to the owner.

But the technological revolution is still ongoing. And the public interest in expensive eBikes may just be motivation enough for security systems to be developed.

Nobody wants to get to the point where bikes need license plates and registration stickers as cars do, but vehicle theft is a lot less compelling in a world where vehicles are easily identified and bogus registrations are not easy to fake.

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Old 06-30-19, 06:08 PM
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Diamondback
Raleigh
Fuji
Jamis
Marin
Motobecane
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Okay, so I should have added that we would assume that they would all have the same lock, be in the same location etc.

And according to some things I've read, some bike thieves tend to go for certain brands/models which is why I'm wondering about these ones.

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Old 06-30-19, 06:23 PM
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No way to really know.
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Depends on the thief
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Is there a point to this question?
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Old 06-30-19, 07:29 PM
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Motobecane...its French!
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LEAST likely: Flevo. Thieves will just stare at it, trying to figure out how it works.
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Originally Posted by Journey20 View Post
Okay, so I should have added that we would assume that they would all have the same lock, be in the same location etc.

And according to some things I've read, some bike thieves tend to go for certain brands/models which is why I'm wondering about these ones.
These aren't those brands. They all make some perfectly decent bikes, but these wouldn't be stolen for the brand.

This is a very strange question.
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Old 06-30-19, 08:09 PM
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Around here it doesn't matter, they will steal anything! As long as it has two wheels it its as risk...…..

I will say this in our little cycling community here if someone posts that their 1998 Huffy gets stolen nobody bats an eye, or if a towne for example is posted stolen, nobody cares BUT if somebody puts out a better quality unit the dogs are unleashed and if the person is dumb enough to ride it on the MUP they are caught more than not.

A guy a few weeks back had a Project 1 Trek stolen outside a porta a potty in a remote area of our bike trail and the dummy who stole it was riding it the next day on the trail. Probably the only one in the state in that color combination. Golden lining in this story was he got caught, bike was fine and because of the value it was a felony theft.

I never let mine be out of my sight or a riding partners sight.
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I'd take the Raleigh first and come back for the Marin.
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Around here it doesn't matter, they will steal anything! As long as it has two wheels it its as risk.....

I will say this in our little cycling community here if someone posts that their 1998 Huffy gets stolen nobody bats an eye, or if a towne for example is posted stolen, nobody cares BUT if somebody puts out a better quality unit the dogs are unleashed and if the person is dumb enough to ride it on the MUP they are caught more than not.

A guy a few weeks back had a Project 1 Trek stolen outside a porta a potty in a remote area of our bike trail and the dummy who stole it was riding it the next day on the trail. Probably the only one in the state in that color combination. Golden lining in this story was he got caught, bike was fine and because of the value it was a felony theft.

I never let mine be out of my sight or a riding partners sight.
Wow! I didn't know you had crime in South Dakota
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There are bike thieves and opportunity thieves. However, I don't think either much considers brand. Unlike luxury automobiles or works of art, I think the stolen bicycle market deals more in volume than exclusivity. In any event,

1) Raleigh
2) Diamondback

I think the rest are inconsequential as far as the masses are concerned.
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Wow! I didn't know you had crime in South Dakota




They have cows don't they?
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It depends on the bike and components and how well it is locked up. None of those brands are particularly exciting. Maybe a Jamis but I don't think that is a particularly tasty brand for thieves. However I do like the Coda Elites, Dragon series, the steel Renegades and the Sequel but they aren't that exciting. Some of the Raleigh e-bikes might be targets but I haven't heard of much theft of decent quality e-bikes because generally their owners lock them up properly.

Basically if you are asking what is a good way of getting out of locking my bike properly and using a good quality lock I would say don't do that. Get a good lock system from ABUS, lock your bike properly and certainly don't lock overnight or in high turnover areas like subways. Also it doesn't hurt to put your name somewhere on the frame.
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Old 06-30-19, 09:01 PM
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Wow! I didn't know you had crime in South Dakota
Without bashing a certain group of people our bike crime is pretty bad with bike crime. Sad really
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Originally Posted by KraneXL View Post
There are bike thieves and opportunity thieves. However, I don't think either much considers brand. Unlike luxury automobiles or works of art, I think the stolen bicycle market deals more in volume than exclusivity. In any event,

1) Raleigh
2) Diamondback

I think the rest are inconsequential as far as the masses are concerned.





They have cows don't they?
Sadly cattle rustling is still a crime here. Happens to this day! Like the wild wild west...
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