Stolen: Blue Giant (Strata) Mountain Bike - Newtown, Sydney

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Stolen: Blue Giant (Strata) Mountain Bike - Newtown, Sydney

Postby emlyn » Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:11 pm

Bike Details:
Bright Blue
18" GIANT Strata
2010 model
Mountain Bike

Pic here:
http://www2.giant-bicycles.com/en-AU/
bikes/model/strata.blue/5290/37296/

Date / Time:
3:10pm Saturday 07 November

Location:
Outside Bank Hotel, 324 King St, Newtown NSW 2042

Other info:
The hotel have excellent CCTV footage of the clown who stole it, and I'm asking the police to chase it up, but they're busy... who knows. Unfortunately I'm not allowed access to the footage / still image to put my own notices up. Apparently he's a local junkie; Caucasian, 30-40 yrs, with a beautiful new bright blue Giant Strata mountain bike, and is obviously a tosser

Incident # E 387 583 35

Contact:
Constable Francisco Eugeno
Newtown Police Station
222 Australia Street
Ph. 9550 8199

Happy cycling (*waaaaaaa*)
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Re: Stolen: Blue Giant (Strata) Mountain Bike - Newtown, Sydney

Postby im_no_pro » Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:44 pm

Dont you just hate it....... :evil:

On a brighter note, welcome to BNA, shame it wasnt in better circumstance. Have linked a pic below for anyone who may see this scumbag on someone elses bike. If the police are suggesting the culprit is a known junkie, print out a pic of the bike from the web and take it to the local cash converters and pawnbrokers, chances are he will try to flog it off.

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Re: Stolen: Blue Giant (Strata) Mountain Bike - Newtown, Sydney

Postby ruscook » Mon Nov 09, 2009 6:07 pm

bugger and damn.. that's a real shame. I hope they catch the scum. Good luck
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Re: Stolen: Blue Giant (Strata) Mountain Bike - Newtown, Sydney

Postby emlyn » Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:21 am

Thank you for your commiserations and your help.

I guess on the flip side I'll know better next time (Fort Knox Bicycle security here I come - bring on the twin D-Locks)... and I've found a couple of excellent cycling forums now...
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Re: Stolen: Blue Giant (Strata) Mountain Bike - Newtown, Syd

Postby cobba » Fri Jul 23, 2010 3:22 pm

I might of found it for sale in Waterloo for $60:

http://sydney.gumtree.com.au/c-Stuff-for-Sale-sports-leisure-fitness-bicycles-Waterloo-Bike-for-sale-W0QQAdIdZ219069976

Bought this bike in the Waterloo neighbourhood, stop riding the next day, tried to fix it but lost interest after many attempts, so here you have it for a bit less than what I paid the local Waterloo guy
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Re: Stolen: Blue Giant (Strata) Mountain Bike - Newtown, Syd

Postby Westgarth » Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:43 pm

Was the suspension 'jammed' before? Of course some genius might have changed the seat. Still, pretty good value for $60 with an optional $2 for delivery....
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Re: Stolen: Blue Giant (Strata) Mountain Bike - Newtown, Syd

Postby Baalzamon » Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:49 pm

Westgarth wrote:Was the suspension 'jammed' before? Of course some genius might have changed the seat. Still, pretty good value for $60 with an optional $2 for delivery....

It has lockout suspension on that model :roll:
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Re: Stolen: Blue Giant (Strata) Mountain Bike - Newtown, Syd

Postby Westgarth » Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:52 pm

hmmmmmmm :?
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Re: Stolen: Blue Giant (Strata) Mountain Bike - Newtown, Syd

Postby cobba » Fri Jul 23, 2010 7:15 pm

Westgarth wrote:Was the suspension 'jammed' before?

It's got lockout & the idiot doesn't know to disengage it.

Westgarth wrote: Of course some genius might have changed the seat.

Looks like the stock seat to me

Specs & Photo: http://giant-bicycles.com/en-AU/bikes/model/strata.blue/5290/37296/

Westgarth wrote:Still, pretty good value for $60 with an optional $2 for delivery....

If you don't mind buying a bike that's probably stolen.
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Re: Stolen: Blue Giant (Strata) Mountain Bike - Newtown, Syd

Postby Westgarth » Sat Jul 24, 2010 12:55 am

These sell new for $600 give or take $50, so it does seem pretty suspicious he's selling it so cheap. If he looks anything like the junkie on the video then the police might actually arrest him. Assuming you can get an address or arrange to meet at a mutually convenient time and place for you, him and the cops.
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Re: Stolen: Blue Giant (Strata) Mountain Bike - Newtown, Syd

Postby Westgarth » Sat Jul 24, 2010 12:56 am

How much is a shot of heroin in Newtown these days? $62?
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Re: Stolen: Blue Giant (Strata) Mountain Bike - Newtown, Syd

Postby privatepang » Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:24 pm

Damn bast4rds!
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Re: Stolen: Blue Giant (Strata) Mountain Bike - Newtown, Syd

Postby emlyn » Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:36 pm

Hi all

Thanks very much for your posts, and especially to Cobba who posted the first tip-off. After closer inspection I don't think the bike was mine... unless they'd gone to the trouble of removing my pannier rack. I didn't have a water holder either (though that's easy enough to attach).

Having said that, the guy who posted the ad never replied, and the ad was deleted right after I sent a request for him to call me. Gumtree won't give out details, and the cops didn't really care - I even went in personally to the station after I left a couple of voice messages. Sigh. The real rub is knowing that my beaut $1,000 and a bit bike is probably out there somewhere sold for $70! Arrrgh! Those poor spackker heads with a drug habit. So bloody awful.

Anyway, I have a nice new beast now, and have engraved it with my license and phone number. Got a kryptonite u-lock. Will also take a can of spray paint to the frame soon, to ugly it up a bit :) Am still uber paranoid though! And anyone I see locking their bike with a chain I approach gingerly and tell them they should get a better lock, hehe.

But I still remember mine and grimace... bugger! Hurrumph.

Thanks again tho'!
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Re: Stolen: Blue Giant (Strata) Mountain Bike - Newtown, Syd

Postby r2160 » Fri Oct 08, 2010 6:20 pm

Hi

Glad to hear you go a new ride! You should do a search on youtube regarding the kryptonite lock . . .

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Re: Stolen: Blue Giant (Strata) Mountain Bike - Newtown, Syd

Postby Lukekub » Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:20 pm

Hi,

Just found these posts. I had a giant Strata stolen in Redfern in April. It was stolen without the seat. I currently cannot look up the Gumtree ad (as it has expired). I think this could have been my bike. If anyone knows anything please let me know.

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Re: Stolen: Blue Giant (Strata) Mountain Bike - Newtown, Syd

Postby emlyn » Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:55 pm

Hi Luke, sorry to hear about your bike :(

I'm afraid I don't know anything else about the Gumtree ad, other than that it was posted twice and deleted both times. I wrote to the seller both times with no reply. I also wrote to Gumtree but I believe their policy is not to get involved unless you can prove someone is selling stolen goods. Which is hard to ascertain when you can't get in contact with the seller!

Good luck. Em
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Re: Stolen: Blue Giant (Strata) Mountain Bike - Newtown, Syd

Postby jolie » Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:45 pm

that's a real shame. I hope they catch the scum. Good luck
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Re: Stolen: Blue Giant (Strata) Mountain Bike - Newtown, Syd

Postby nath1234 » Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:34 am

Long shot, but maybe this is yours:
Bike was a Giant mountain bike with black fox shocks - had blue/black paint job. After-market handles that looked like metal/alloy. Think they were gold-ish colour. Had a plastic bag on the seat. Had some sort of carbon looking guard on the front.
Anyhow - I have the licence plate of his mate. So might be a lead.

Details on reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/sydney/comments ... _mountain/
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