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Hi cyclists!!

Another sad day for cyclists. My friend Rajesh Karia;s trek got stolen in exactly similar fashion as mine.

I had my blog written on the 2nd of September 2010 ( thieves working overtime) which invited many comments including one from Rajesh himself stating all the precautions he takes to protect his cycle

Ironically and sadly, he became a victim himself in just 10 days

I received a comment on my blog by one Sanjeev T, who had a very valid point. He mentioned that maybe the thief had seen Rajesh Karia;s reply to my blog and knew how things work at his place

All this made me write this piece

I am wondering, what with so many fake profiles, the culprit might be lurking some where on cyclist.in( I know it sounds gross but this is just a possibility)

when i enrolled, i immediately got a friend request from a female( who incidentally never posted anything). Being new, i accepted the request but later chucked out the friend( not naming her for privacy issues)

Finding some details on cyclist is very easy. Cyclists give out cell numbers and other details( i have done it for some events that i posted) alongwith the address etc. I figured out that it is very easy to even not be a member of cyclists and still access a lot of details

Further another conspiracy theory is that maybe the cycle stores are also in nexus. I am not naming anybody, but this is one source which knows our address and phone numbers( while billing we give all details)

what i want to highlight here is that it is just not practical for all to keep cycles at home. May be , just may be we can do away with crucial information on social networking sites and other places of free and easy access

Inviting your opinion. I hope this does not rub some people the wrong way. It is just my thought. The one who goes through this mess would really understand my predicament.

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Comment by AMITABH AGRAWAL on September 20, 2010 at 12:18pm
@vinni...ur concern is touching...i was there yday also but the police are baffled!!status: no success...
Comment by Vinni B on September 19, 2010 at 5:58pm
My Views are a bit different on this, The 2 cycles being stolen could be just a one off incident or totally unrelated, To me I strongly believe that normally the cycle thieves are the local ones, one who can keep active watch on daily basis and knows the ins an outs of the area. Regarding the subject of divulging a lot of personal details - I think its a personal choice and an individual should decide where to draw the line.
Amit : Buddy why don't you try and speak to the cops once again, may be you can tell them ur willing to pay a bit more reward if you get your cycle back, i simply cant digest the fact that the cops dont know who the local thieves are!!!
Comment by Appu on September 15, 2010 at 12:00pm
i think u have a very valid pt! i know peopel who dont give out nos easily and that makes hellova lot of sense! be careful and wish u all the best! i would get into severe dep if my tempremental girl was stolen
Comment by Amit Bhowmik on September 15, 2010 at 10:49am
True. Lifts can be a problem. My building doesn't have lifts. The wide staircase helps and I'm more than willing to haul up/down the bike four floors every time rather than park the bike outside.

By the way, some insurance policies even cover vandalism. I'm definitely going in for one after I get my new bike. An insurance policy seems a better investment than a cable lock!
Comment by AMITABH AGRAWAL on September 15, 2010 at 10:35am
@ Amit..point noted, mainly your vandalism point is absolutely spot on...about taking cycle home, the problem sometimes is related to size of lifts and about the rules of the society where you live...to each his own , i guess...@ Dinesh Parab..please read Amit Bhowmiks comment below, he clearly says ( and i agree to some extent) that, not all in the building where you stay can be trusted, and hence when we are on social networking sites etc, the trust factor is even worse...having said that, i would like to mention here that i have made some very very good friends on cyclists.in ..special mention for James Rodrigues who has become more like a brother...:)
Comment by dinesh j parab on September 15, 2010 at 8:28am
Here you r missing 1 point. I almost daily go through the site and very rarely log in And still i can read each and every blog,post. So every one open this site is not necessarily member of the site. So u can not blame and accuse members. Don't accuse the members as they r all cyclist doing something different and 4 a good cause.
Comment by Amit Bhowmik on September 14, 2010 at 10:13pm
We all share your pain. A bike is so precious. I do hope these posts help people take safety & security more seriously.
Comment by Amit Bhowmik on September 14, 2010 at 10:02pm
Till date, I've never get the bike downstairs for even an hour. As a ground rule, I trust no one. Theft is just one problem. Vandalism is another. How long before one realises that expensive bikes are better kept indoors?
Comment by Amit Bhowmik on September 14, 2010 at 9:59pm
1) if you're divulging your residential address and contact numbers on social networks online, surely you know the risks involved. Facebook, Twitter are no different. Very easy for anyone to track your daily life, routes, address. The more you reveal, greater the risk.

2) If you have a bike worth 30k + and you keep it downstairs at a car park, why would you be surprised if it gets stolen? Building guards come and go. They are the culprits. Always. As a rule, never park downstairs. Keep the bike indoors at all times. Unless you trust everyone in your building.

3) get comprehensive cycle insurance. Lots of posts on the site have covered it. At least you get your money back if the bike still gets stolen from inside your home.
Comment by Sanjeev T on September 14, 2010 at 8:57pm
Sometimes I get this crazy thought of repainting the bike such that it looks like a rusted and old bike!!!

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