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Vanity leads to Defeat

Posted by Jeremy Yang On June - 29 - 2010

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Me and Moe, the last time I rode my Niner Jet9. Photo credit to Joe Solancho

Every time I think about it, it makes me sick. This past Friday at 12:30 in the afternoon while in Stockton, California visiting family, I took the kids to Victory Park to relieve the wife of her parental duties for a couple of hours. My teenage daughter stayed in the car with a headache and nasty cough while I watched my 5 and 3 year old boys on the playground 20 yards away. My one-month old black Niner Jet 9 was on the back of the van’s rack when two goons decided to take it from me.

My daughter, in the front passenger seat, looked up and saw one guy standing just outside her window. He smirked at her. Feeling uncomfortable, she proceeded to pull out her phone and call me. As she was doing this she notices another guy at the back of the van taking my bike off the rack. By the time I picked up the phone and got the bluetooth in my ear, they were off with my bike and I couldn’t find them. My daughter later told me that she felt I was moving in slow-Moe.

Lessons I learned:
- always lock your bike. Before the park, I stopped off at REI to return a couple of things and peruse their gear. I, of course, locked my bike while shopping at REI. But as soon as I got back to the car, I took off the lock because it tends to rub the paint when the car is in motion. Yes, I know it’s a mountain bike and they’re meant to get dirty, scratched, used… My vanity led to my defeat.

- check your insurance policy with regards to bike coverage. By Friday afternoon, I was pretty much over having my bike stolen. I was confident that my insurance company would “make me whole” with regards to the bike. However, when talking with the Claims Adjuster on Monday, I discovered that the insurance will only pay out up to $1,000 on a stolen bike. Umm… that does not even cover the cost of the FRAME, let alone the whole bike.

Bike thieves suck.

9 Responses to “Vanity leads to Defeat”

  1. Dan says:

    Bummer!!! Do you have the serial number and file a police report?

  2. RL Policar says:

    I’m really sorry to hear that Jer. I’m surprised that you’re only getting 1k from the insurance. I wish Stockton was closer, otherwise we could hunt these punks down.

  3. Mr. Beerit says:

    Oh man, what a shame. I can’t believe they did that with someone in the car. What gall. I hope they are found and beaten severely by a Brock Lesnar type.

  4. Priscilla says:

    :( So sorry Jeremy! I’m glad your family is okay though.
    That’s just awful.

  5. Dial Tone says:

    Damn dude. I hope those guys break a spine riding the Jet. Karma’s a B*tch and they’ll get theirs.

  6. Sleepingsheep says:

    Sorry to hear but if you didn’t know about Stockton , now you know.

    Thieves suk ass

  7. [...] Yup, found my stolen Jet 9. [...]

  8. your bike on eBay now says:

    I saw this listing on Craiglist a while back when shopping for a niner. and it wrung a bell when I saw the same setup on eBay. Very sad hearing about how this all happened. Well, seems to me this bike on eBay has the exact same setup and coincidently up for sale exactly one year later. Bike thieves suck. Good luck.

    Please see below for more information.

    Visit the posting at to contact the person who posted this.
    STOLEN: Black Niner Jet 9, Large
    Date: 2010-06-29, 9:31AM

    My black niner jet 9 was stolen this past weekend from Victory Park in Stockton California. It is a size Large, Black annodized finish and has a mixture of X0 & XT parts, Specialized wheels, thomson seatpost, easton monkeylite bars…
    Please let me know if you find it or hear about it. I have a $250 cash reward if your information leads to the return of my Jet.
    Thank you and bike thieves suck.

    * Location: Stockton
    * it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

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  9. [...] Sunday, May 1st. Someone commented on a blog post I wrote: last comment. My Jet9 is on ebay. The commenter had matched my description with the ad! As you can imagine I was [...]

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