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Incident in Clontarf, Dublin caught on 360 Cycles' CCTV camera...

A mechanic who had just finished work at a bike shop in Dublin leapt into action at the weekend when a youth tried to steal his bike which he had left propped against a wall while he popped back inside.

The CCTV camera at 360 Cycles in Clontarf showed how, just a few seconds later, a pair of youths cycled past, one of them ditching the bike he was riding and attempting to pedal off on the bright green road bike.

He didn't get very far, however, with the bike's owner sprinting out of the door and rugby tackling him to the ground and it seems a few blows were then exchanged, mainly out of shot.

As far as CCTV of would-be thefts outside bike shops goes however, this one remains our favourite (full story here).

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Yorkshire wallet [1428 posts] 2 months ago
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Take that yer twat!

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Dunkeldog [12 posts] 2 months ago
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One situation where I would literally like to put the hammer down. On his fingers.

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brooksby [2581 posts] 2 months ago
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The very definition of  "opportunistic thievery".  The nerve, or total lack of restraint,  to  see an unattended, unlocked bike and think "I'll 'ave that!".  surprise

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DrG82 [161 posts] 2 months ago
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I guess this highlights the utility of having a small lock just for cafe stops, just to slow down scumbags like this.

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CXR94Di2 [1774 posts] 2 months ago
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Says something when security camera has got more bars than a prison.  Silly boy I hope he cracked his head not wearing a helmet, when he fell.

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schlepcycling [75 posts] 2 months ago
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Where does half the saddle go when he leans it against the wall?.

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amazon22 [279 posts] 2 months ago
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Well spotted - it slips into the wall in  Dr Who-esque space-time continuum thingummy.

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1961BikiE [386 posts] 2 months ago
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I saw this yesterday on FB or Instagram. Can't remember which. From comments on that it seems the 2 thieves were well known to locals and patrol that street daily. Good policing if true. I must say on first viewing I thought it was a set up but as said from locals comments it would appear to be real. Which makes you wonder why someone who works there wouldn't take the bike into the shop or lock it.

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Leviathan [2776 posts] 2 months ago
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He was asking for it... the thief, and the mechanic. Nice rescue, except he booted his own back wheel in.

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brooksby [2581 posts] 2 months ago
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schlepcycling wrote:

Where does half the saddle go when he leans it against the wall?.

I think there's a sticky outy frame of bricks nearer to the camera, so the rest of the wall is effectively recessed: no spacey wacey timey wimey stuff necessary.

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brooksby [2581 posts] 2 months ago
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1961BikiE wrote:

I saw this yesterday on FB or Instagram. Can't remember which. From comments on that it seems the 2 thieves were well known to locals and patrol that street daily. Good policing if true. I must say on first viewing I thought it was a set up but as said from locals comments it would appear to be real. Which makes you wonder why someone who works there wouldn't take the bike into the shop or lock it.

I don't understand why he left it and then went back inside.  If he had to go back into the shop then why not take it back inside too? Less stress.

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Cian McDermott [2 posts] 2 months ago
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Do not understand why he did not bring it inside!!

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crazy-legs [909 posts] 2 months ago
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Well he was locking up the shop - I imagine he went back inside to set the alarm and most alarms only give you 30 seconds or so to get out and lock everything up so if he's done that, needs to cross the shop floor, lock any internal doors and then lock the outer before the alarm limit is reached, it's quicker and easier to take everything out first.

If he'd have turned the bike around it would have made it more difficult to take - leave the bike with the back wheel facing the street it would have added a crucial few seconds to run off with it. Again, a trick from leaving bikes on display in the shop. Back wheel to the nearest exit.