Stolen Specialized Roubaix Elite - 2012

by gavcsmith   December 7, 2013  

My bike was stolen yesterday from a locked garage in Raynes Park, London SW20 between 10:45 and 11:05. Thieves used bolt cutters to remove padlocks on garage door and fastening point. Bike had two d-locks attaching front and rear wheel to frame. Reported to police, frame number - WSBC605002839G . Bike register ID on bottom of down tube - 01 869 28575. Thought I would post here as you never know where it might end up..

Thanks Gavin

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Ack, what an absolute shitter. Hope you have luck with finding it/insurance.

posted by bashthebox [534 posts]
7th December 2013 - 11:45

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Shocker - will keep my eyes open in Wimbledon area. Got to say my roubaix lives indoors as those thieving scrotes get everywhere. However I saw James Cracknell had several bikes nicked from inside his house the other day when he was in hospital and can't help but think the tea leaves are using the internet & social media to target high value bikes.

posted by arfa [369 posts]
7th December 2013 - 12:02

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Thanks.. This is the 2nd time in 18 months i have been done.. i was targeted yesterday definitely.. They also took a Cannondale Quick SL2.. I have had 5 bikes stolen = about £7k in bikes gone.. My insurance is going to be a shocker next year.. But all i can do is get better padlocks. No room in my flat to keep the bike

posted by gavcsmith [12 posts]
7th December 2013 - 12:26

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Really sorry to hear this Gavin. Think this is one of all cyclists nightmares.

Are you able to fit a ground anchor in the garage? I think kryptonite do a pretty sturdy one for about £60. It'll mean drilling into the floor so you'll need a cement/concrete floor. It'll obviously not help you for your current bike but might help next time if they continue to target you!!!

Good luck finding your bike and keeping future bikes safe.

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posted by Tinternet_tim [74 posts]
7th December 2013 - 13:15

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Hi.. I have a ground anchor.. But they cut the padlock with bolt cutters.. So now will invest in better locks!! Have checked out some motorcycle ones that look good!! I have to say I hope they stuff my frame up trying to get the d-locks off and so they can't sell it!!

posted by gavcsmith [12 posts]
7th December 2013 - 15:03

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Really sorry to hear you had your bike stolen. What would you think to a wall mounted bike storage in your flat? Security and an art installation in one!

posted by Charles_Hunter [55 posts]
9th December 2013 - 14:50

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Hey Charles..

It's a good idea.. but not sure the landlord will agree.

Going to alarm my garage, and get much better locks.. not much more i can do..

posted by gavcsmith [12 posts]
9th December 2013 - 14:56

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Or don't attach it to the wall by getting something like this:

http://www.freeborn.co.uk/gearup-oakrak-freestanding-2-4-bike-rack-walnut

posted by Super Domestique [1510 posts]
9th December 2013 - 16:05

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Sub human scum... So sorry you've had your Roubaix stolen..I do hope you get it back.. Looks like you did all you could with your security..I am thinking of drilling an anchor point into my shed floor and purchasing some of the motorbike locks you mentioned. Never had one of my bikes stolen and just the thought of it sends me into a panic.. Again, good luck with the recovery of your bikes Gavin.

posted by smuggers [22 posts]
9th December 2013 - 16:23

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Smuggers / All.. i had 2 bikes stolen on Friday, which makes 5 in 18 months.. I was definitely targeted, as just seen that they lifted my Kysrium Elite wheels, that were at the back of my garage and unless you had been watching me you would not know to look for them.. Angry

As a "victim" all i can say is get the best locks and anchor point. If they come with bolt cutters as they did for me, any normal locks or anchor points will get cut.

I am looking at getting 2 x Datatool Python locks and their ground anchor and also putting an alarm in my garage

And then riding my bike for another 18 months and then more than likely have to go through the process all over again..

posted by gavcsmith [12 posts]
9th December 2013 - 17:19

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Motorcycle locks bearing the sold secure label are particularly good. They aren't always the most expensive either. Ride magazine regularly does tests of them. Chains and locks made of tungsten alloy tend to be pretty tough. No lock is unbreakable, but some do require a good deal more effort than others.

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posted by OldRidgeback [1962 posts]
9th December 2013 - 18:42

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agreed locks are not unbreakable but if you can ensure that they can't get bolt cutters into them, then you have a better chance..

posted by gavcsmith [12 posts]
9th December 2013 - 19:28

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Can't you have the bikes in the house / flat?

posted by Super Domestique [1510 posts]
9th December 2013 - 20:10

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+1 for bringing the bike(s) indoors. Shocking, that they would steal, in daylight, getting through all the locks - what else can we do?

What about a motion sensing CCTV in the garage?

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posted by PJ McNally [560 posts]
11th December 2013 - 9:14

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