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  • https://news.met.police.uk/news/officers­-recover-stolen-bikes-during-raid-in-bow­-436456

    Worth a check if you’re missing a bike. There’s a nice Orbea, a Ti Reilly etc

  • Oh there was an Orbea that looks very similar to the one in that link on here a few pages back: https://www.lfgss.com/comments/16103674/­. @user132339 don't want to get your hopes up but any chance that's yours?!

  • Holyyyyyy sh*t!!!! That’s my bike!!!! Oh my goddddd. Thank you so muchhhh. I’m gonna get in contact with the police oh my days yessss

  • Good news!

    Joining the Internet /forum dots together here, you were attacked by bams on a moped? Police recently got one or two of them last week in relation to same thing happening in Richmond Park and surrounding area. Could be linked or at least in some way related that it suddenly turned up.

  • Dude fingers are crossed for you, please post up if it’s yours and you recover it!

  • I'm sure the police will be interested in your evidence as to how it was taken. Good luck.

  • Had a nagging feeling I recognised the Orbea. Great work @tjmw!

  • My Cannondale CAAD7 Team Saeco was stolen last night at 02:45 in W9. I got it nine years ago on here. It was stolen from an underground car park, locked up with the super thick Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit U-Lock, I guess they sliced through it with an electric cutter.

    It was built with SRAM Red 10 speed (black edition) and had some cheapo Shimano wheels. It's a pretty distinctive and rare frame so please let me know if you see it somewhere!

    (turns out I haven't taken many photos of it recently so here it is in the middle of getting a flat fixed with the latest wheels.)


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  • came across this in a post on reddit:
    police did a raid and found a bunch of stolen bikes. have a look if you've had one nicked..

    https://news.met.police.uk/news/officers­-recover-stolen-bikes-during-raid-in-bow­-436456?s=09

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  • Contact the seller, tell him you want to buy it, get their address and challenge them in person/call the police and let them know of the situation. This might be difficult now the seller has removed the listing from Ebay, sounds like they got worried after you contacted them. If it gets listed again, hit the buy-it-now.

  • ive found out its a bike shop selling it and removed the post as im in actual contact now via social media.
    they said they got the year wrong on the job lot message.
    Also they said i need the serial number for it and my friend has lost that as it was stolen years ago, now i feel like i cant get it back.

    Is there any other way?
    i just have photos, The scratches on the fork are the same too


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  • Get your mate to check his receipts or contact the shop gulp, if it was purchased from a shop

    Failing that, did he make a police report or insurance claim? Both of which should have included the serial number.

  • Also they said i need the serial number for it and my friend has lost that as it was stolen years ago, now i feel like i cant get it back.

    If you are certain its the bike then just go with your friend and take it.

  • Ive managed to find even more photos of the bike as evidence for comparison and now the shop has agreed its the exact same one without me having the serial number! Picking it up sometime this week!

    Cheers

  • result! well done!

  • Three days after stealing my Cannondale thieves returned to my building at 2:25am, forced their way into the bike room and stole 5-10 bikes (it's hard to be sure) over a period of 2 hours!

    This time they got my wife's hybrid bike -- if you see a coral Specialized Sirrus 2.0 like the one attached for sale please let me know.

    (A reminder to get insurance if you can't afford to lose your bike -- I always thought of this bike storage room as being quite safe and thick kryptonite locks as taking too long to cut for the average thief, but I was wrong!)


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  • Sorry to hear about your losses.

    I always thought of this bike storage room as being quite safe

    Unfortunately, a lot of communal bike storage, especially in new developments, isn't. For the most part, that's because it tends to be badly managed, e.g. there's no proper oversight of keys or other access methods, and once thieves are in there overnight, they're generally quite safe getting all the bikes off whatever they're secured to. There have been many, many incidents like this. The most important requirement is for such storage to have a person or person(s) who properly looks after it, changes locks/keys every once in a while, who knows who has keys, etc. A secondary aspect (less of a factor, but still significant sometimes) is that much of it is badly designed, e.g. easily broken into from the street or perhaps in a courtyard that's visible through gates, etc.

    Doesn't help now, of course, but it's worth everyone's while to look into this carefully before leaving bikes in such a facility that typically quite a lot of people can access.

    Hope you find a lead or get them back somehow--slim chances, but there have been some remarkable recovery stories.

  • Yeah for sure, and new developments are clearly shiny targets. In this case they climbed over the front gate and just kicked the bike room door hard until it opened as it was only secured magnetically. On a similar topic, the actual bike racks in the room were total garbage and I'm surprised the thieves cut the locks instead of the super thin metal racks.

    In the past I've always tried to keep my bike indoors (also for maintenance reasons) but it's hard to convince one's significant other to keep many bikes in a small London flat!

    I counted the broken locks on the ground and it seems they made off with 12 bikes last night!!!

  • Would Apple Airtags help find them? We have literally just put one on our cat so I have no idea how good, bad or useful they are.

  • I had that idea when Airtags came out and YouTube was awash with people deliberately getting their bikes nicked, but of course I didn't do anything about it...

  • I'm surprised the thieves cut the locks instead of the super thin metal racks

    I'm not--it's a lot easier to wheel bikes without locks still attached.

    It sounds like mainly a design issue, then, so the door clearly needs beefing up, but of course that won't change the apparent fact of how easy it is to access once the gate is climbed (and how easy it is to get back out of the gate once inside?).

  • It is only an idea. As I said, we have only just put the tag on the cat so it will be interesting to see if it works or not.

  • I'm not--it's a lot easier to wheel bikes without locks still attached.

    True.

    It sounds like mainly a design issue, then, so the door clearly needs beefing up, but of course that won't change the apparent fact of how easy it is to access once the gate is climbed (and how easy it is to get back out of the gate once inside?).

    Once over the gate you can press the button to get out. You need to do some climbing to get to the bike room but it's not hard. They've been talking about putting spikes or whatever on top for ages.

    Anyway, not much to be done now, keep your loved ones/bikes close!

  • We had a break in to our bike room a little while ago. Luckily my bike wasn't taken but I only keep my shopping bike, old steel Concord, in there. The theives apparently jumped the fence between our car park and the one next door so insurance would be tough as they didn't "break" in.

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