So now I see that they're breaking into shops and taking the cream of the crop. This must really be catastrophic for the owners, who deserve a lot better and give a lot to the community.
Another reason why I tend to like cats more than people, present company excepted.
I'm surprised that there hasn't been more chatter about this on Chainlink.
At least 6 different local shops, several of them hit multiple times. In each case, the thieves went straight for high end road bikes.
Someone should try to compile a list of the stolen bikes w/ specs and serial numbers, and blast it out on social media. These are fairly unique bikes that should raise a few eyebrows if they show up on craigslist, or are spotted in strange circumstances. The 2019 Cannondale System Six has only been available for a few months, and the black market for bikes like this seems like it would be extremely small.
These bikes often end up back at shops, after they're re-sold. The thieves sometimes bring them into shops to get help shipping them to buyers, or buyers need assistance getting them set up and adjusted, etc. I'm sure all local bike shops are already on alert.
Thanks Carm. Lots of good thoughts. I think you bring up a good point - these aren't typical thieves picking bikes off the streets. There is a well thought out theft ring happening in Chicago.
What worries me most is the impact it is having on the shops being hit repeatedly. There is talk of at least one shop packing up because it's too much loss. That would be tragic. I posted on Facebook for CL about the topic, asking people to go to one or two of the shops and giving them some business if in the market for anything. This is also the slower season so it comes at a time that it pretty terrible for a business to lose bikes due to theft because things are tight already.
Why I have taken to posting troll pics? 99% of the time you aren't kind or respectful of others posts and opinions. Your posts aren't steeped in fact-based information, just your own observations and opinions. Putting others down with your observations and opinions, you have consistently treated other members as if their observations, opinions, and articles (with facts and researched information) are less worthy than your opinions. There's actually no personal attack in my troll posts, just a humorous way to point out that you didn't respect others on the site.
In the years I've come to know your posts, I haven't seen anyone change your mind. I haven't seen you respect an opinion other than your own. You just dig your heels in and name call, yell (all caps), and disrespect what others say or are trying to do. There's no personal attack on you when you do this, you just seem to do it out of spite. It's a bummer. And it's ironic, the person that seems to make sport of being unkind to others asks, "Can't we all get along?"
As always, you can dish it out but when on the receiving end, you get upset. I've explained this to you this a number of times before.
What are you talking about here, Yasmeen? STOP THE INSANITY!!! Jk ;)
Dancing trolls - great response!