I follow only 2 rules when it comes to situations like this:
1.) If a bike is stolen, another can be assembled. It's just like if you lost money on a bet or in business, you can always find a way to earn it back. 2.) Following my first belief, if my life is threatened, I will gladly give up my bike rather than lose my life. I have my wife and my child to think of, and will always offset the cost of my bike. They can have my bike for all I care as long as they don't harm me.
very good post sir yoyeebird...this is indeed a fact...
but sometimes we see an option to fightback... in this case make sure you can do a 1-hit, sure-shot... and always think not just twice... be calm, be submissive... if you think you can overpower a thief...be sure of it... but still VALUE LIFE! ! ! a bike is a bike... we only have a single life... ...it's not just as cheap as multi-hundred thousand bike.
I hope you brothers out there who always go out and pass places which is considered unsafe for our kind may consider this simple reminder... so that we could ride another day...
"Life Is not A Matter of Fate, Most of the time...It is a Matter Of Choice." -ShadowDeth
"The only thing necessary for evil to triump, is for Good Men to do nothing."
"Some things are true wether we believe them or not."
yeah more bike nappers when they found out some of us riding a 20k+ bike I think the best way to prevent this is not to answer strangers about how much your bike's real cost, bec usually when we saw a nice bike we are wondering also how much did he spend for it.
That actually happened to me when I had my clipless pedals installed in Kings Quiapo. The minute I brought my Anthem out of Jane's store, and got ready to set off at the street, a guy swooped by in front of me and asked how much the bike cost. I told him to ask the shop instead and immediately raced off. I was expecting him to race me but he didn't. Good grief! ;D
If the govt dont corrupt anymore and has a budget its better to install a surveillance cam on public areas, it should be recording surveillance not a display only surveillance. Then if the criminal is guilty the best penalty is to cut their both hands and feet ;D
Taiwan do not have lespu manning the traffic. They have video cams installed. Receipts are sent to the office or residence based on the violator's car plate number. My kumpare already got a few receipts from beating the red light. No lespu involved.
Cut hands and feet off, do they really do it in the Middle East? HongKong Triads? Japanese Yakuzas? Do it in the Phils? Won't we end up with limbless government officials for starters?
It is true that one may become rich through practicing evil, but the power of Truth and Justice is that they endure... and that a man can say of them, "They are a heritage from my father." - from the book DUNE
i'm thinking more bike napping may happen in the future as these crooks realize how expensive some of our bikes are. most probably most people think of mtbs as those seen in Toby's etc, costing aroun 2-4k only. what happens when these guys realize we're riding around 20+k bikes aroun???
yeah i think so too. whenever i ride and anyone approaches and asked me how much money i spent on my bike already, i just tell them i don't know anymore and that some parts came from my friends or something. its better to be prudent than sorry.
There are 3 elements of crime. 1. The element of Opportunity 2. The element of Desire 3. The skills of the perpetrator. If one element is missing, the crime would not be consumated. I hope this could help
that is very good information savers. thank you very much.
Last Edit: Jul 18, 2007 19:09:34 GMT 8 by knobbyist
i've been reading this whole thread and its very hair-raising and its boiling me indeed!! scary! i've been biking solo most of the time. biking from Paco (PasawayL's store) to Katips via Zamora bridge in Pandacan @ past 10pm and thank Batman no untoward incidents so far.
The secret to avoid these d***heads: BIKE DEFENSIVELY! I've been doing this all the time especially if I go solo, since I'm a speed junkie and makes a habit of sneaking in thru traffic jams and sudden cross on streets even if its stoplight is set at red. I always grab opportunities if i see a clear way then I just sneak in. I also set my headlight at steady mode especially when dashing the streets at night.
If in case you get flat, go to a place where there are policemen, a security guard will be fine as long as there is security, and go to a lighted area with lots of people (ex. waiting shed) secure your stuffs especially at night. If those bystanders watch you patching your tire, and if they ask how much is my rig, i do not disclose it to them and tell them to stay away. Its irritating that these bystanders have this c**ppy "usisero" mentality! I also get tempted to yell at them "BACK OFF!"
When parking your bikes especially in malls, I would suggest to remove ur wheelsets and pull the skewer off and lock it all together in the bike rack, because wheelsets can be stolen easily since most high-end bikes comes with a quick-release feature. I tried this once in SM Manila and it was a success even bikes parked there are almost jammed up!
anyway i hope this would help you guys, other inputs are welcome indeed, and have a safe ride! again BIKE DEFENSIVELY!