Stolen Surly Long Haul Trucker, Woollahra

My much loved (and ridden) bike was stolen last night, 6 March 2015 sometime after midnight.  The details of the bike are:

Frame: Surly Long Haul Trucker, blue gray

Front dynohub powering front and rear lights

Rear hub: Rohloff 500/14 speedhub

Front and rear panniers: Tubus

Water bottle cages: 3

Stand: A-frame

Mount for Ortlieb bar bag fitted

Pedals: Crank Bros

Mudguards: Front and rear

The theft has been reported to the police under COPS Event Number E: 59908583

This really hurts!  If someone sees something, please either reply to me or contact the police (maybe the better option actually).

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Comment by Bill Parker on March 7, 2015 at 4:22pm
That's a real shame, sorry to hear, will keep an eye out if in the area but not likely in the next week. You might post this as a discussion rather then a blog, as discussions get a lot more visibility than blogs, pictures would be useful too.
Comment by Neil Alexander on March 7, 2015 at 4:27pm

But on the other hand, blogs tend to hang around longer down the bottom of the main page...

Pix would be good.

Bicycle thieves should be put to death. 

Comment by Neil Alexander on March 7, 2015 at 4:30pm

BTW, I think you mean front and rear "pannier racks", rather than just "panniers". Panniers weren't attached, were they?

Comment by Bill Parker on March 7, 2015 at 4:32pm
Blogs visibility ok if people keep commenting so that they go to the top of the stack, hint.

Neil, we are more civilised that that now but bicycle thieves could be condemned to a life time as peak hour M5 motor vehicle drivers, would be fitting punishment I think
Comment by Andy Tayler on March 7, 2015 at 5:12pm

This is a shot of the bike taken a few years ago.  Since this was taken, the pump was moved to the seat tube and a bike lock was added, also on the seat tube.

Thanks to Bill for the comment tip on the discussion.  I'm not familiar with this forum but I'll practice.  Thanks also to Neil who pointed out that Tubus are the pannier rack maker.  Thankfully, the panniers were not on the bike and they are still safely at home with me.

Comment by Neil Alexander on March 7, 2015 at 6:35pm

Sry, Bill, you are right, perpetual purgatory on the M5 would be more appropriate as a punishment.

Nice looking bike, Andy. Really bad news about the theft.

I particularly like the mudguards. A touring bike should have mudguards.

Comment by Phil Byrne on March 7, 2015 at 6:42pm
Hi Andy. What size is the bike? I have a 54cm touring bike I can lend you until you get back on your feet, so to speak.
Comment by Bill Parker on March 7, 2015 at 6:53pm
Still trekking bars? it is quite an unusual combination of components, colour, makes it easier to spot, hopefully
Comment by markysharky on March 7, 2015 at 8:12pm

That's a huge wack Andy. This is a serious custom build, quickly identifiable if kept intact. As Sydney is geographically large, are you able to tell us from what area the bike was stolen? Also, do you believe it a random or targeted theft? I feel your pain. Mark

Comment by Andy Tayler on March 7, 2015 at 8:56pm

The bike was stolen from my unit in Woollahra which would mean that Bondi Junction/Woollahra/Paddington would be the "epicentre" of the initial search.

As for random or targetted, I am afraid I don't know but it may be safer for all of us to assume targetted and keep our bikes very safely secured if there is anything unusual about the componentry.  Mine certainly was a full custom build.

In reply to Phil Byrne, thank you for an extraordinarily generous offer but my brother has just offered me his old mountain bike which will at least get me to work and keep my legs from atrophying.

I forgot to mention that at the time of the theft the bike was carrying a "number plate" with a blue background and yellow letter that read "ANDY" and was issued in Death Valley.  A friend of mine bought the plate on a trip to the US and gave it to me as a memento.


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