Going Going Bike

Oct 142010
My missing Cateye

Apart from one bike have generally been pretty safe from cycle related crime. However, followers of our Facebook Page might be aware of this but I had a bit of a saga with my lights last week. It went a little like this.

Wednesday morning came down to find the front light bracket on my bike broken but with the light still there! Clearly a very stupid thief (although possibly not as stupid as me for leaving my lights on the bike overnight.) As was busy didn’t get round to buying another bracket (£5) until Friday night when cycled to Deptford for the launch of Union Cycle Works which was a great evening.

On the way home stopped off at British Film Institute to meet a friend for a drink. As I clearly hadn’t learnt my lesson I left my lights on the bike. By the time I got back at about 12am my front light had been nicked (and I also witnessed two women in veils and a man doing totally random dancing to a car stereo but that’s kind of beside the point.) Cue a fairly long and dark journey, which almost ended up in an accident when someone opened a car door as I was going past. Presumably because they couldn’t see me?

So to recap I now had a working front light bracket with no light plus back light was fully intact. But not for long. Tuesday morning came down to find that my back light had been pinched. So clearly the original thief had been studying “How to nick stuff for dummies” and worked out how to take lights off brackets. Which is really not difficult.

So I’ve learnt quite a few things. Firstly I’m an idiot. Secondly I will always take my lights off my bike in future (lights can get quite expensive – am down £45 so far!). Thirdly cycling without lights at night is really not a good idea.

However, I still don’t understand why people would steal a cycle light? What are they going to do with it? Answers and ideas below please!

  5 Responses to “A very irritating cycle theft”

  1. Your clue is in the £45 down, also they want your goods and dont want to pay you – and if caught by old bill/legal – no punishment.

    You’re not an idiot as thieves nick from anywhere – my son’s bike was nicked from being shackeled to a 7 ft steel fence that borders his house , they nicked the whole steel strut that was bolted , by security headed bolts, to the main fence structure, plus his bike!

    I would have also judged that fence to be secure – just not so!

    So be alert , and lucky if poss!

  2. Thanks Steve, appreciate the kind words. Sorry to hear about your son’s bike – must have been a seriously nice one for them to go to all that trouble! Hope it was insured

    • Bicycle theft seems to be rife in London. I took my Brompton (dk green almost new 3 gears) to London and stupidly left it locked in broad daylight to a traffic sign by Sloane Square tube. Forty minutes later and all that was left was my lock in three pieces and another quite nice bike left in its place and left unlocked which I am sure was used as a cover by the thief (a metallic light green road going bike, alloy wheels with gears – look out for it and thief). Let’s face it a set of bolt croppers at work would have been spotted if he turned up without a bike as cover.

  3. That is very irritating – shame you didn’t catch them in the act! There are some fairly shocking stats on the number of bikes that get stolen each day in London

  4. There’s a lot of bike theft in Manchester too. Some people do make an effort to lock their bike up well but I also see loads of bikes locked up with really cheap cable or chain locks. The kind that cost about £3. You really need two good D locks.

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