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Old 06-13-19, 08:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Hr1 View Post
A police mtb (Fuji, Cannon., Spec., etc.) weighs around 35lbs, the police equipment weighs around 50lbs. Voila' 85-90lbs.
Oh, Look. A picture of actual police and an actual police bike. They are packing pretty dense if there is 50 lbs of stuff in there...
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Old 06-13-19, 11:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Tanstaafl View Post
Oh, Look. A picture of actual police and an actual police bike. They are packing pretty dense if there is 50 lbs of stuff in there...
Nothing about the bike looks heavy except compared to a racing bike. The gear they're wearing certainly weighs a bit, radio, kevlar, sidearm and whatever else is on that belt. No idea what that stuff weighs total.
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Old 06-14-19, 12:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Tanstaafl View Post
Oh, Look. A picture of actual police and an actual police bike. They are packing pretty dense if there is 50 lbs of stuff in there...
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Old 06-14-19, 07:32 AM
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Oh, Look. A picture of actual police and an actual police bike. They are packing pretty dense if there is 50 lbs of stuff in there...
The police chief! I wonder what the occasion was?
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Old 06-14-19, 08:09 AM
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The police chief! I wonder what the occasion was?
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Old 06-14-19, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Hr1 View Post
A police mtb (Fuji, Cannon., Spec., etc.) weighs around 35lbs, the police equipment weighs around 50lbs. Voila' 85-90lbs.
You think a beat copís equipment weights 50 lbs? Seriously?

And even if that was the case, how on Earth would a typical road bike even handle that?
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Old 06-14-19, 10:51 AM
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They could be riding steel bikes and I've heard that those are real heavy.
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Old 06-14-19, 10:56 AM
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Do the former bike cops and spouses have any good stories they could tell? That might salvage something good from this sorry thread.
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Hope those officers aren't injured or killed by those meat slicer disc brakes.

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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
I hope that's a typo. You meant "aren't", right?

I'll take this down if you fix it.
Damn! Fixed.
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Damn! Fixed.

Like it never happened.
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Old 06-15-19, 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Nothing about the bike looks heavy except compared to a racing bike. The gear they're wearing certainly weighs a bit, radio, kevlar, sidearm and whatever else is on that belt. No idea what that stuff weighs total.
back in the day the gunbelt/gear was 18lbs-20lbs but the vests today are lighter but they carry more ammo and spare handcuffs so 20lbs I think would be close.
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Old 06-15-19, 07:57 PM
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So I think the ideal cop bike would be 70t by 11t single speed so the cop could spin it up to 50 mph to catch bad guys.
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Old 06-16-19, 08:17 AM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
So I think the ideal cop bike would be 70t by 11t single speed so the cop could spin it up to 50 mph to catch bad guys.
Sounds like a bicycle for RoboCop.

Now the weight question gets real. How heavy would a bicycle be that's strong enough to support and withstand RoboCop?
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Old 06-16-19, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by FiftySix View Post
Sounds like a bicycle for RoboCop.

Now the weight question gets real. How heavy would a bicycle be that's strong enough to support and withstand RoboCop?
Sorry, I was kidding. It's a reference to one of the most ridiculous bf threads ever.
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Old 06-16-19, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Sorry, I was kidding. It's a reference to one of the most ridiculous bf threads ever.
Dang. I was hoping to start with a 630 motorcycle chain and sprockets and work up from there.
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Old 06-16-19, 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by FiftySix View Post
Sounds like a bicycle for RoboCop.

Now the weight question gets real. How heavy would a bicycle be that's strong enough to support and withstand RoboCop?
He just puts pedals on a Harley chassis

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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Police on Trek Y11's...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp21BeAWM8o





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those guys are on trek y22's, not11's. Oddly enough it was the same paint scheme as the y3 though
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  • Mountain bikes and road bikes are both faster than pedestrians.
  • Radios are faster than all three.
  • Mountain bikes bounce when road bikes break.
  • Heads-up bars mean less smashing into cars and more "seeing the bad guys."
  • Gear is heavy, and a loaded touring bike really wouldn't make a lot of sense...
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Old 06-17-19, 11:25 AM
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Think police use bikes for foot patrol but can cover ground a little more quickly, not as chase vehicles. They could catch a fleeing pedestrian on either bike if needed and MTB can cover grass, gravel, broken pavement better.
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Old 06-17-19, 11:31 AM
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Think police use bikes for foot patrol but can cover ground a little more quickly, not as chase vehicles. They could catch a fleeing pedestrian on either bike if needed and MTB can cover grass, gravel, broken pavement better.
I think that foot patrol thing hits the nail on the head.

I have no idea how someone is supposed to take someone else down while riding a bike, but I have to assume it's a pretty damn risky maneuver.
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Old 06-17-19, 11:41 AM
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About the 2nd post got it, mobile radio that can keep a visual on a perp and get backup.

It's about increasing the radius of a walking police "beat" with the bike as well.

I will totally disagree about the whole chase thing. Even if you could out sprint someone on flats and 30 pounds of gear and heavier bike, what are you going to do when you catch them? Crash yourself at 20mph while trying to crash them out? You know what it's like as an adult to crash any bike on any surface over 20mph?

It's about staying in range to get radio help or get close enough to finish a chase on foot.

The rest is movie theatrics.

I could imagine the mtb being more comfortable for a beat on the bike.
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Old 06-17-19, 11:45 AM
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They're going into E bikes .. now..
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If I was in charge of a police department I would never spec road bikes for my cops. Mountain bikes are much tougher, less fatiguing to spend time on, better visibility and vision, less expensive, and 9/10 as fast in a pursuit situation. If you lean down and have good tires, it's basically a draw.

Modern road bikes are artifacts of building a marketplace on the image of professional racers. I love them, as do many others here I'm sure, but what matters is the rider. I've had the experience of passing a paceline on a mountain bike. I've had the experience of leading a fast paceline and getting passed by someone else on a mountain bike. Both are exciting!
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Originally Posted by velojym View Post
The greatest direct benefits (remember, for any 'real' and dangerous issues, they all had radios) for the PD were:
-They weren't driving around in a steel and glass cage. More accessible, and had to learn to interact with the public constantly. This helps to alleviate the 'rolling fortress' mentality.
-Officers who needed more physical activity, so as not to appear to be the stereotypical Uniformed Donut Muncher.
-Provide a Police Presence in areas where cars are either excluded or unwieldy, with a LOT more mobility than a foot patrol
-etc...
^^^^ THIS, absolutely.
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