I had a modern bike stolen from the entrance of my garage whilst I was in the back faffing.
I had upgraded the bike considerably but kept the receipts for every component and the insurance company agreed to pay up to the last penny for the upgraded spec bike because of the receipts.
I had reported the bike stolen to the police but never expected to see it again so went shopping the day the insurance company notified me the cheque was in the post.
I got home having bought a new frame and forks and the police rang to say they had found my bike, the check was then cancelled and I went to collect the now hated bike.
When I got to the police station the officer was really proud that he had traced the bike to me because he was an MTBer himself and recognised that the bike was someones pride and joy.
I had to smile and be really gracious but all I could think of was the bloody frame and forks sitting at home with no cheque to pay for them...
Ooh right, just what you didn't want, right at the end.
I know what you mean you'd set your mind & heart on your new frame & forks, then get your old bike back.
Possibly get a refund on your frame/forks?
Still if most bike shops are anything to go by, you might get a NO as an answer, if you could get a refund, also if you bought from a non-local bike shop, there would be to postage to pay, etc. IF they'd contemplate giving you your money back, previously when I've returned items a % was taken off the refunded amount!
But could have been worse:
~ Your original bike may have NEVER been recovered
~ Your insurance company may have decided to give you NOTHING, if it wasn't locked with a quality D LOCK.
But IF you like the frame&forks, it's not money you would have spent in the 1st place, UNLESS your original bike got stolen. What an annoying ironism. Just the sort of thing that happens to me daily, almost every second.
As a teenager:
~ my 1st bike that got stolen was a quality aluminium rigid with deore (About £800), this was stolen outside a local bike shop, made a claim to my mum & dad's house contents insurance. AFTER 1 year long year there was still no reply from the insurance company despite numerous letters with copies of the original claim, I said to my mum & dad, "I GUESS THAT MEANS NO". Guess no reply, was implying that in the policy, it sayes MTB must be locked with a D lock.
So I pointed out to my mum & dad, I needed to get about
, they said, ok, and stretched out to a very nice Cannondale (Even then top class, these days still be £800, at the least)
I laid out some great upgrades, Marzocchi forks, 1 1/4" to 1 1/8" threaded to aheadset conversion, Deore V brakes, XT Mech's, etc. Yes I was busy with my spanners (ETC) on that one, at the time hydraulic disk brakes weren't popular, so my Cannondale had just V brakes on it's standard bosses.
As an adult:
Anyway my much loved Cannondale (About £1500), got nicked from outside "my house". Since it wasn't locked no point in claiming they'd only say no, anyway.
So after getting properly annoyed at another of my quality MTB's been stolen from virtually underneath
me, so I said to myself I'll now lock my MTB everywhere I go, after all it's little effort to carry a D LOCK in my rucksack, as well.
The ironism is that in my profession I see many expensive MTB's left laid about unlocked
for hours on end, and nobody even looks at them. Well
if that was me, my bike would have gone, well within 5 minutes, nothing
that anybody saw, and for it never
to be seen again.
SO TO REMINISCE ARE WE LEARNING YET?
ALWAY LOCK YOUR BIKE
, AND LOCK YOUR HOUSE
, BECAUSE YOU WON'T EVEN SEE THEM NICKING YOUR STUFF, AND YOU'LL NEVER SEE YOUR BELONGINGS, EVER AGAIN.
Giant Trance x1 ~ 2008