Help My bike was stolen, please watch out for it

May 16, 2007
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Hello everyone, today my bicycle was stolen. I bought it only in February. I believe it is the only S-works Roubaix Disc SL4 with this paint job in Japan. I bought it as a module, which they sell only in the US. Certainly it would be the only size 56. If you see this bike anywhere, or for sale online, please alert me and the authorities.

I had it locked to the gate alongside the tunnel near the bike parking area at Roppongi Hills. It was down the way towards TV Asahi. There are hundreds of bikes parked out there every day, and I park my commuter bike there every day, but on this day (June 26th between 7am-3:30pm) my beautiful precious baby was taken from me.
 
Dec 16, 2012
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I'll keep an eye out but your best bet would be to regularly check Yahoo Auction listings and visit any local bike shops that sell second-hand bikes.

I'm guessing you locked it with a decent U-lock, right? If so that would imply it was more of a pro thief job and your chances of getting it back are much slimmer, I'm afraid.
 

TCC

Tokyo Cycling Club
Jun 30, 2013
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That is well bad. Hope you find it.

Keep us updated, and if you need any help just ask and I am sure everyone will do what they can.
 

microcord

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Aug 28, 2012
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How about posting the serial number? If the crook tries to sell it to a store (unlikely), the proprietor might google for it and see this thread (even less likely, but conceivable).
 

timefleas

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Nov 30, 2013
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Really bad news. Provides an opportunity to once again remind folks, newbies especially--don't leave a prize ride unattended anywhere, anytime--locked or otherwise.
 

theBlob

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Easily. Liquid Nitrogen spray into the lock mechanism quick tap with a hammer and the lock will fall right out.
Or a large set of bolt cutters will go right through most of them and all the cheap ones.

Heart goes out to you. It's a beautiful machine. I'm curious though, how do these guys get past the U-locks?
 

xDOMx

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That is early for a bike to be stolen.

Most reports I hear are from bikes being left overnight somewhere (for example, my friend has had 3 bikes stolen over time and each time it was when left locked outside on the street overnight).
 

zenbiker

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Mar 4, 2008
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Easily. Liquid Nitrogen spray into the lock mechanism quick tap with a hammer and the lock will fall right out.
Or a large set of bolt cutters will go right through most of them and all the cheap ones.
A few years back someone did a test on all the leading motorcycle locks in the US.
The "thief" was armed with a set of 1 meter bolt cutters and two lengths of scaffolding tube.
Nothing took more than 30 seconds!
There are gangs circling the streets of Tokyo looking for swag... motorcycles or bikes.
No lock is safe... If you cant afford to lose it.... don't leave it.
Sad but true!
 

microcord

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All that was needed was a little knowledge and a long pipe:


Crooks ought not to steal expensive bikes. But they'll continue to steal them, and few of these bikes will be recovered. Crooks are less likely to steal bikes that look (and probably were) cheap. I'm reliably assured that expensive new bikes are more enjoyable than cheap old ones. (I can't add personal observation: I've never ridden anything built this century.) Still, oldies are fun too, or at least they are for me. So if you have a pricy bike, supplement it with something old. Remember only to clean the areas that benefit from being cleaned; elsewhere, the more grease, mud and pigeonpiss the better.