Bike Wheels Stolen last night on Park Place - Sat, April 19th
  • This morning when going out to get the Times there is was-  my wife's bike raped of its wheels. She had just bought the bike and also just had it tuned up last week.  Does anyone know where one can go to get back the wheels? Is there a place (bike shop) or a person that does this on a regular basis? In Williamsburg in the '80s if we forgot to bring in our car battery we would go to the junkies and buy one back for 5 bucks.  Maybe the whole block was hit last night? Block of the Park Place Shuttle stop, lots of bikes locked to fences on the block.  
  • Ug. Sorry to hear this happened to you. It's possible that it would end up at a shady bike shop as it's probably junkies stealing it to sell for cash. I would also keep an eye on craigslist for them over the next week. It is worth investing in this sort of thing if the bike is living outside. http://www.amazon.com/Pinhead-Solid-Axle-Bicycle-Wheel/dp/B005RTDSTO The only inconvenience is having to have the key part with you at all times in case of flats. Additionally you will want to get a bike chain lock installed on the seat. There are no good bike shops in this neighborhood. 
     Would recommend http://www.718c.com/ on 3rd Ave, http://www.redlanternbicycles.com/ on Myrtle or Bicycle Habitat in Park Slope. http://bicyclehabitat.com/storelocator/brooklyn-park-slope-2.htm Red Lantern is the most likely to have replacement wheels that would work but I'd give them a call first.
  • Sorry you lost your wheels! I'm going to assume your bike wasn't locked up properly. If you can't keep it your apartment go out and get a kryptonite chain and a heavy u-lock. While you might be able to find the wheels on cragis list they might be damaged and are probably out of true. Plus do you really want to encourage a druggie to steal bike parts? Chances are your wheels are already on a delivery bike. As zackola stated go get a chain lock installed on your seat.

    However I must disagree with him about his bike shop comment. I've heard great things about Bicycle Roots on Nostrand and the couple times I've stopped by they really seem to know what their doing. As zackola stated 718 is good but I've found them a tad pricey. If you really want to go to a wonderful and cheap bike shop to BikeSlug on Bedford in Bedstuy. Trust me it's worth the trip up. Just don't go to Excelsior their nice but they do sloppy work and are pretty pricey.

    Just lock the wheels up but really you should just bring your bike in at night. Even the best locks and locking system is just buying you time until someone takes it when you leave it out at night.
  • We've lived on this block, oh, 12 years now. Regular occurrence here and, well, anywhere in NYC. There are very, very few repercussions for thieves. 

    We had one bike stolen locked up outside. Learned our lesson. Overnight, we bring our bikes inside. Really, that's the only foolproof option. 

    I second Bike Slug. Good folks. 718 is fine in a pinch, but the prices are a wee bit high.
  • Though it's a bit farther away, I always go to Graham Bicycle Discount Center image178 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY ‎(718) 782-5741 
    They are very nice and very reasonable.
  • Haven't tried out BikeSlug or Bicycle Roots. Will definitely give them a shot! I was mostly warning against Excelsior and that place on Vanderbilt.
  • I'd second the recommendation for Bicycle Roots. They are local, and have great customer service.

    Word of advice, anthing that you consider valuable should be secured at night and that means for anything that can be easily carted away (basically anthing smaller than a car) bring it inside at night. Bikes are targets, but there was a time not too long ago when even garbage cans weren't safe outside. Leaving things like bikes, grills, and strollers, outside just encourages folks to attempt to monetize your valuables.
  • Bicycle Station is great. Under the BQE at Park. He is straightforward and affordable, not judgmental about old bikes. I have got very cheap repairs/maintenance done there.
  • Now the The Patch is defunct, I don't think we have a local news source that publishes the police blotter for our precinct (the 77th).

    I imagine our crime rates to be pretty similar to nearby Clinton Hill and Fort Greene, which does have such a source: http://www.thenabe.me/blog/2014/04/18/crime-report-smartphone-thefts-thefts-cars-homes/

    To me, the take away is that residents should really try to think "is what I am doing attractive to a criminal?" to reduce their chance of being a victim.

    They should also realize there is a chance of being victimized no matter what precautions they take.
  • This must be SOP now. Last week I saw a frame locked to a tree that had no wheels as well. That was on Troy between St. Johns and Sterling. I thought the owner had taken them off and brought them in but I guess they were swiped..
  • whynot_31 said:

    Now the The Patch is defunct, I don't think we have a local news source that publishes the police blotter for our precinct (the 77th).

    I imagine our crime rates to be pretty similar to nearby Clinton Hill and Fort Greene, which does have such a source: http://www.thenabe.me/blog/2014/04/18/crime-report-smartphone-thefts-thefts-cars-homes/ 



    Completely off topic, but it's interesting that you bring up the posting of police blotter information. To me, it was one of the better things about Patch. It may have been anecdotal, but you could see where possible hotspots were. Somewhere along the line, I believe when the NYPD started publishing the Crime Map, Patch stopped publishing the specific blotter information.

    When the Prospect Heights and Park Slope Patch's first let go of their editors, I actually checked with the 77th & 78th Precincts and the main NYPD switchboard about how to get such information, and nobody knew anything about it. I think it was at the main switchboard that they told me they didn't even know what a "police blotter" was.
  • Because the NY Post so loves Central Brooklyn, crimes in this part of town seem to find visibility on their crime blotter. Its not as good as a neighborhood specific blotter, but it is better than nothing.

    http://nypost.com/tag/daily-blotter/
  • I believe the Blotters come from 1 Police Plaza, and one has to prove they are a recognized news source to get them.

    I find them informative only to the degree that "with some variation" these are the types of crimes that people are most likely to be the victim of.
  • whynot_31 said:

    I believe the Blotters come from 1 Police Plaza, and one has to prove they are a recognized news source to get them.

    Thanks, good to know.
    whynot_31 said:

    I find them informative only to the degree that "with some variation" these are the types of crimes that people are most likely to be the victim of.



    The informative part was anecdotal. We also used to like the very specific stories about some crimes, like the person who went away for a week's vacation and left their fire escape-facing window open, and was shocked to come home and find their MacBook, TV and $3,000 worth of jewelry stolen. You don't say...
  • The Nabe has some good ones.
    How about this one?

    "A 32-year-old woman told police on April 9 that a bag had been stolen from her bike while she was talking to a friend eight days before. She said her bike was parked next to her on Fulton Street at Clermont Avenue with two bags tied to the back of the bike. After a half hour, she rode off and found that one of her bags, which contained two Go Pro cameras, a Go Pro LCD screen and an iPad, was missing. She searched the area but could not find her bag."
    http://www.thenabe.me/blog/2014/04/18/crime-report-smartphone-thefts-thefts-cars-homes/
    Would you leave your  bike unattended for 30 minutes while you talked with your friend if it was loaded with expensive stuff?
  • They don't have the 77th precinct, but BK Reader does blotters and other news from the 71st and 81st precincts: http://www.bkreader.com/category/news/police-and-fire/
  • whynot_31 said:

    The Nabe has some good ones.


    How about this one?

    "A 32-year-old woman told police on April 9 that a bag had been stolen from her bike while she was talking to a friend eight days before. She said her bike was parked next to her on Fulton Street at Clermont Avenue with two bags tied to the back of the bike. After a half hour, she rode off and found that one of her bags, which contained two Go Pro cameras, a Go Pro LCD screen and an iPad, was missing. She searched the area but could not find her bag."
    http://www.thenabe.me/blog/2014/04/18/crime-report-smartphone-thefts-thefts-cars-homes/
    Would you leave your  bike unattended for 30 minutes while you talked with your friend if it was loaded with expensive stuff?
    Could it have been that she was standing next to the bike when she was talking to her friend and perhaps the bag fell off the bike?  I don't know.

    But, if she did leave it unattended all I need to say is: wow!  This is Brooklyn.  I don't even leave my stuff unattended at the gym.  That's either the most naive person on the planet, or someone trying not very hard to commit insurance fraud.
  • I want to second/third Bicycle Roots. It is a very good shop. The owner is frequently there and she will talk to for 30 minutes or more about bikes. If you want to buy one, you will certainly get a ton of info if you go there. Everyone there has serviced my bike in a friendly and competent way. 




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