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Post by Marnus on 12th December 2009, 20:38

So this morning I met up with a friend of mine and three of his friends for a lekker early off-road outride. I was on the G450X and all of them on Quads. So we parked at the Engen garage on the corner of Nellmapius and Boeing and set off towards Kempton Park on the gravel road that eventually turns into a 2-track path.

Initially I had my reservations being the only 2-wheeler between all the quads, because with last night's rain it was quite soggy. But it turned out that they go slower Bicycle riding more dangerous than motorbike? Icon_wink So Jurie lets me pass a short distance into the 2-track path and I was creating a nice gap between myself and the group when I saw two guys about 100m away waving at me to get my attention. I immediately saw that they were cyclists by the way they were dressed and also suspected that there was a problem looking at the distress on their faces.

They told me that they were just attacked and their bicycles stolen and they pointed me in the direction of the highway, which was about 1km to my left. I immediately turned into the veld trying to locate the criminals, at the same time wondering profusely what on earth I would do when I actually find one/them! I was soon joined by the guys on the quads and before long they started zooming into a specific spot. As I was approaching the scene, there was no mistaking what was happening. They found the one #^#$%@ and were kicking and beating the living $#!+ out of him. From the uniform, it was apparent that this was one of the road construction workers - the ones with the blue overalls with the yellow bands across the legs. So after priming the suspect for conversation, one of the guys tied a rope around his wrist and told him to show us where his buddy was. He pointed and ran towards the highway and we gave chase. Not easy to scout while riding in the veld with rocks and holes lurking in the grass... Bicycle riding more dangerous than motorbike? Icon_eek

As I approached the road (a slipway of some sorts), I spotted the other %@#$% and started chasing him, but he got to the fence before I did. One of the quad guys joined up with me and we went over the road into a construction yard between the slipway and highway. Once again he went through a fence and we had to go around again. Then he crossed the highway and we took an overpass, only to lose the $#%$@ in thick vegetation on the other side.

We eventually gave up and went back to the place where the @$#%^# cleared the first fence and backtracked our way towards the general area where we started from. By this time both of us were praying to at least get the stolen goods back since we did not manage to return with a prisoner. I just could not accept that the @#$%# will come back later to pick up his loot. It was like searching for a needle in a hay stack, with the grass varying from knee to hip height. But soon enough our prayers were answered and we found the other bicycle, the one victim's shoes and his backpack.

At that moment a police bakkie showed up with the one victim in the back and after loading the stuff we went back to search for the other riders. After meeting up with them, we realized that the #$%^$# that were beaten up got away in the commotion when we chased the second @#%^^#. So no prisoners, just the victims reunited with they property. And somewhere some construction worker missing a few teeth and sporting a moer-of-a-lot of bruises.

Apparently their modus operandi is to lie flat in the grass next to the road. When they see/hear cyclists coming, they jump up and hit them with a stick. Fortunately the cyclists wore caps, because the @#@%$% kept hitting them over their heads, but the one guy had a huge bruise on his arm where he tried to deflect a blow.

I'm not sure whether the criminals will try the same with motorcyclists. When we ride off-road, we at least wear body armour and helmets, but a stick across the face at speed will potentially dismount you. So this is just a warning to be vigilant in that area - specifically while the road construction is underway. And to never, ever ride alone.
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Post by dakardrix on 13th December 2009, 20:55

Eish, started some mountain biking again lately. Good to be reminded SA is a country of extremes. Will probably stick to safe places to Groenkloof Nature Reserve - lovely new routes!
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Post by tj on 13th December 2009, 22:25

Kan ons die konstruksie-areas gaan ondersoek om enige dikbek werkers te ondervra? Ek is seker die voormanne sal weet as daar dikbekke op sy skof rondloop.

So'n goeie storie moet mos 'n volmaakte einde h
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Post by Sias on 14th December 2009, 09:42

Ja nee! Maar dan vra jy jou af wat met die perd gaan gebeur as ons hom vang? Laaste wat ek onthou dat 'n skurk gevang is en die gesteelde goedere terug gekry is, het die polisie ges "hy het mos nou niks gesteel nie en dus kan hulle hom nie regtig aankla nie"! Maar ek is bly die man is darem so bietjie getimmer. Hy behoort volgende keer 2 keer te dink Evil or Very Mad
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Post by Mud Pooh-bah on 14th December 2009, 14:01

Marnus

Jy moet ophou saam met die quands ry. Hulle trek kriminele. Wink

Ek is maar altyd versigtig om so agter die manne aan te jaag. Ons beskermde klerasie keer nie regtig messe en gewere nie. Daarom betaal ek maar versekering.


Dit lyk my dat fietsry van enige aard nou eenvoudig te gevaarlik raak in ons land. Die swerkatters is ook lief om 'n loodpyp te gebruik om jou van jou fiets te haal.

Gelukkig is die motorfiets ouens nie sulke sagte teikens nie... Wel nog nie..
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Post by daans on 14th December 2009, 16:16

Die probleem is met hulle nuutste trick. Hulle span eenvoudig 'n stuk draad net mooi kop hoogte oor die pad, en die draad haal enige ruiter van enige fiets vinnig af. Wees dus uiters versigtig op die redelik ongebruikte twee spoor paaie naby enige saamtrek plek van die donners.
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Post by Happy-go-lucky on 14th December 2009, 17:48

Marnus, thanx for the safety warning. Well done on obtaining the stolen good for the owners.
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