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Pialligo bike heist

By johnboy - 9 July 2011 46

ACT Policing is investigating the theft of two bicycles valued at $18,000 on Beltana Road in Pialligo yesterday morning (Thursday, July 7).

Around 9.30am the victim parked his vehicle on Beltana Road, near the Pialligo and Fairbairn Avenue intersection. The victim had two bicycles secured to the top of his vehicle. He returned to his vehicle about 30 minutes later to find both bicycles had been stolen.

The first bicycle is an Orbea Orca (brand and model) full carbon fibre road racing bicycle. It is black with white lettering and white stripes down each side of the frame.

The second bicycle is a Specialized Epic (brand and model) full carbon fibre cross-country mountain bike. The bike is primarily black in colour.

Anyone who may be able to assist police in locating either of these bicycles is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Pialligo bike heist
Rollersk8r 1:04 pm 11 Jul 11

dungfungus said :

What is this “carbon fibre” stuff that the bikes are made of? My bike is made from steel.
We were repeatedly told yesterday that anything with carbon in it is now evil so is it possible some well meaning greenies have taken matters into their own hands to pre-emptively destroy these two wheeled threats to our environment?

That’s where you’re wrong – wouldn’t have this problem if everyone went out and bought a carbon fibre bike! Carbon capture!

troll-sniffer 11:58 am 11 Jul 11

Oi be constantly amazed at da moneys dat pipples in dis town chuck at bike shops. Oi be sure there be a few road racin’ types who could actually benefit from the few milliseconds afforded a sprint to the line, but for the remainder of the ‘look at moi’ brigade, you’re just victims of a giant con.

Especially the tosser brigade who buy the $6000+ bikes to commute to work! Recently a scientist in Pommyland released a study into the difference between an old steel-framed treadlie and the same commute on a fancy wank-bike. The result? The old faithful steel treadlie was actually slightly faster over the course of the trial. He’s not claiming it was a science experiment, and didn’t need to be, it did prove that over the long term, by the time road and weather conditions, personal well-being and other factors were taken into account, there’s no significant advantage in a lightweight treadlie outside a racing situation, where the finer points of acceleration come into play.

Oi not be sayin’ like that the victim here ain’t some fancy pants Tour de France contender moind, oi just be sayin’ if he or she not be, there be a lot of dollars pointlessly placed in the hands of a local boike shop what be rubbin’ there hands in glee at a new sale.

dungfungus 9:55 am 11 Jul 11

What is this “carbon fibre” stuff that the bikes are made of? My bike is made from steel.
We were repeatedly told yesterday that anything with carbon in it is now evil so is it possible some well meaning greenies have taken matters into their own hands to pre-emptively destroy these two wheeled threats to our environment?

The Frots 9:19 am 11 Jul 11

I think it was a general motorist who, not being able tolegally smash into cyclists and get away with it, saw an opportunity to take two bicycles off the road!!

If it were me owning them, I’d have a look in cash converters! And yes, I’m joking!!

eyeLikeCarrots 9:03 am 11 Jul 11

RedDogInCan said :

dtc said :

I seriously doubt the thief knew the bikes were worth $18k – they were probably just seen as looking nice and reasonably available (unless we now have thiefs with a good understanding of carbon fibre).

Oh, I think you’ll find the thieves knew exactly what they were worth, who owned them, how they were secured, and where the owner was going to be that morning.

Yeah.. weirder things have happened but this one does quack a bit like a duck.

OpenYourMind 9:49 pm 10 Jul 11

The Darwin award comment deserves it’s own special RiotACT award. Maybe as well as the Mully, we could have the Merlin Bodega for making statements without fully understanding what they mean. I remember during the Mully kerfuffle, one of the Mully clan piped up and said “Those Police, they just take the law into their own hands”. See, that statement deserved a Merlin Bodega!

RedDogInCan 6:54 pm 10 Jul 11

dtc said :

I seriously doubt the thief knew the bikes were worth $18k – they were probably just seen as looking nice and reasonably available (unless we now have thiefs with a good understanding of carbon fibre).

Oh, I think you’ll find the thieves knew exactly what they were worth, who owned them, how they were secured, and where the owner was going to be that morning.

vg 4:22 pm 10 Jul 11

“Around 9.30am the victim parked his vehicle on Beltana Road, near the Pialligo and Fairbairn Avenue intersection. The victim had two bicycles secured to the top of his vehicle. He returned to his vehicle about 30 minutes later to find both bicycles had been stolen.’

‘Spending that much on two bikes, leaving them in a dark place at night expecting them to be there when you get back and expecting the ACT police to find them has to be the trifecta of Darwin awards. ‘

Didn’t do particularly well in English comprehension in school, did you Einstein

Chop71 3:20 pm 10 Jul 11

insurance job

dtc 1:14 pm 10 Jul 11

I seriously doubt the thief knew the bikes were worth $18k – they were probably just seen as looking nice and reasonably available (unless we now have thiefs with a good understanding of carbon fibre). Given that the thief didnt know they were worth $18k, would you claim a ‘darwin award’ if the bikes had only been your standard $500 bike? It probably would have made little difference to the thief.

That said, anyone who can tell the difference between a $800 gear set and a $1500 gear set (let alone more exxy ones) is seriously misled. And even if they can tell the difference, unless you are a professional and it actually means something, why bother. I’m not one for telling people what to spend their money on, but a bit of reality is usually worthwhile.

buzz819 1:01 pm 10 Jul 11

merlin bodega said :

Eighteen grand for two bikes!?! Evolution fails us again. Spending that much on two bikes, leaving them in a dark place at night expecting them to be there when you get back and expecting the ACT police to find them has to be the trifecta of Darwin awards. Wise thinking tells me though that the buyer of the said bikes is likely to be the taxpayer in one form or other.

I stayed tuned to see how long it takes one or other of the sports organisations around town to stump up for the next bikes.

Your whole rant about darwinism and evolution failing is just stupid.

Someone, who obviously has more money then you, probably makes a living or part living through their bikes, they get stolen so you say it’s their fault?

Race car’s cost hundred’s of thousands of dollars, they still get stolen, so it is now the owner’s fault for having a life?

Your comments are what is wrong with the world, the people who should be being slagged off are the lowly maggot infested, dead coyote scrotum’s that can’t keep their hand’s to themselves.

Thoroughly Smashed 12:32 pm 10 Jul 11

merlin bodega said :

Eighteen grand for two bikes!?! Evolution fails us again.

Methinks you don’t understand what evolution means.

merlin bodega said :

…has to be the trifecta of Darwin awards.

Except that the (ex-)owner of these bikes hasn’t taken himself out of the gene pool…

BenMac 10:46 am 10 Jul 11

merlin bodega said :

Spending that much on two bikes, leaving them in a dark place at night

Agree with the poor decision of leaving 18K worth of bikes unattended in public, but it was at 930am, not at night in a dark place. By the sounds of it, it was daylight on a busy intersection. Being the entry road for the nursuries in that area, there would have been a few car driving by on Beltana Road.

merlin bodega 10:08 am 10 Jul 11

Eighteen grand for two bikes!?! Evolution fails us again. Spending that much on two bikes, leaving them in a dark place at night expecting them to be there when you get back and expecting the ACT police to find them has to be the trifecta of Darwin awards. Wise thinking tells me though that the buyer of the said bikes is likely to be the taxpayer in one form or other.

I stayed tuned to see how long it takes one or other of the sports organisations around town to stump up for the next bikes.

jsm2090 12:05 pm 09 Jul 11

Frustrating that this type of opportunistic theft is more frequent in Canberra; If it were me I probably wouldn’t leave close to $20k worth of carbon-fibre machinery strapped to the roof of my parked car.

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