Stolen: Soma Valhallen 2018

  • Date Occurred 05 Sep 2020
  • Location Cape Town, Western Cape
  • Incident type Bike jacking / mugging
  • Case number CAS 57/9/2020
  • Police Station Durbanville
  • Incident description

    Got bike jacked this morning on countermand road just before postmansdam rod around 7:30.
    Approaching a pedestrian, I felt uncomfortable with his body language and decided to go to the other side of the road, once he saw me crossing the road he decided to charge me with a knife. He was aiming for my head.
    I rode the bike into the servitude and in the process jumped off the rear of the bike and him he can have it, just not to hurt me. I threw the bike into him and ran the opposite direction. Luckily I was not harmed. literally 1 minute later I flagged down a car (Thanks Mr Deon Venter) who offered to help....and not even 1 minute after that a group of about 10 mountain bikers came from hoogekraals side, and another lone cyclist that was probably 2 minutes behind me. They did not see the person on my bike so Deon then said he obviously went down postman's to Dunoons. So we drove around to the N7...and low and behold...there he was cruising next to the n7 on my bike. we could not get to him because of his location on the road, he then disappeared off the highway into Dunoon.
    iPhone 7 (my bike computer) stolen too.

     

    reported at durbanville police station.

  • Category Mountain Bike - Hard Tail
  • Make Soma
  • Model Valhallen
  • Year 2018
  • Colour Silver
  • More about the bike

    2018 Soma Valhallen Size XL- Tange prestige Steel frame ( silver)
    Pretty sure this is the only one in the country so please be on the look out.

     

    - Carver Trail490 carbon Boost fork
    - 29" Sun Ringle rims (decals removed) on Hope Pro4 Boost hubs front and back (silver)
    - Shimano Saint groupset (1x10)
    - Shimano Deore m6000 brakset, 180mm/160mm icetech rotors
    - Hope headset, seat clamp, chainring (black)
    - Schwalbe tyres (Hans Dampf front, rock razor rear), KCNC valve caps.
    - Oveja Negra Frame bag and top tube bag.
    - Lyne bottle holders - had one black water bottle in the bike. Wolftooth B-Rad under the bottle holder on the seat tube.
    - Raceface turbine stem, seatpost. Dartmoor riser bars.
    - Rider concept light on the front with a Knog on the rear
    - SQ labs grips, Quadlock phone mount on the stem (phone was still on there)
    - Look race Spd pedals
    - cdixx mudguard

     

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05 September 2020 - 11:12

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Hairy, Sep 05 2020 11:24

Flip Morne, really sorry for your loss!

Hairy, Sep 05 2020 11:26

I have circulated to people I know

silverboy, Sep 05 2020 12:04

sorry to hear. 

 

Same road where there was attempted bike jacking on me.

3 guys in a Nissan 1400 tried their luck. I managed to getaway.

They also fled in direction Du Noon

Sid the Sloth, Sep 05 2020 12:26

Sorry to hear this Morne. Glad you made it out relatively unscathed. Hopefully the bike turns up.

Wannabe, Sep 05 2020 03:18

This is not good news at all.

Strongs Morne, hope your bike pops up again.

Colin Pym, Sep 05 2020 03:36

Man, this is not good to read. I, as do many, cycle that road many times on my own...☹️. Pleased to read you got out unscathed.

ChrisF, Sep 05 2020 06:39

Morne that sucks !!


Please consider some therapy .... dont let them steal your peace of mind as well ....

Bateleur1, Sep 06 2020 04:55

Sorry to hear Morne :(

morneS555, Sep 06 2020 07:37

ugh thanks.

 

second time. there wont be a third unfortunately.... i'll be adding our names to the braindrain list once everything is up and running properly again. 

 

anyway...PTSD rant over.

 

it's not my first rodeo, and although it was still traumatic thinking about how it could have been instead....i'm actually quite calm about it now, and i'm glad i reacted the way I did this time (more flight than fight). Confided in the family...cried it all out like you should, and i feel better about it and the decisions I have to make after this. 

 

Also, thanks to everyone who stopped when i was standing in the middle of the road. What I didnt mention in the post was that the first car that stopped was a black lady but she had a little kid with her so i didn't want to spook the child. Thanks.  

The second car was a youngish woman but she was a bit apprehensive to stop, being alone and all...i don't blame you...no worries, and again, thanks Deon for trying to help chase the f@cker down and taking me home afterwards. 

And yes...it really was this crowded in a span of a few minutes. He timed his attack to perfection and knew exactly where he was going. If I left home 3 minutes later or didn't smash the hill up to nitida like i did....the guy who stopped on his bike with the first car would have been the victim. if it happened 2 minutes later...the group of mountain bikers from Hoogies would have come to the rescue i'm sure.

 

But guys...they have that piece of road figured out now it seems. Mine wont be the last. They obviously walk/loiter just on the crest of the hill past the first quarry where the trees are....so you are not at speed when you summit. Then they use Postmans dam road down to the n7 and cruise home on the construction sites bordering Dunoon at the moment. Easy pickings. Be vigilant.

 

You cant ride there alone anymore....it all seemed to well planned. I ride that piece offroad 4 times a weekend. I've ridden it 100's of times...on my own. Deon works at the industrial park there in contioes and he says they literally break in there every night at this stage....steeling materials off buildings...even a fricken CAT bulldoser one morning...drove it straight out the front gate. 

 

the zombie apocalypse is here to stay....

NickGM, Sep 06 2020 08:13

Sorry to hear Morne. Not much else to say beyond the usual cliches: at least you're ok and seem to be processing the whole thing with your usual honesty. 

Andreas_187, Sep 06 2020 09:18

I say we stake the place out

Wayne pudding Mol, Sep 07 2020 07:07

Geez Morne this sucks and I’m glad you are ok

morneS555, Sep 07 2020 10:56

phone was still pinging in this are around 11 when i went to the police. They didnt want to go there though....figures. why would they care about another white guys bike getting stolen lol....especially when the people next to me were reporting a hijacking....


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Hairy, Sep 07 2020 11:58

phone was still pinging in this are around 11 when i went to the police. They didnt want to go there though....figures. why would they care about another white guys bike getting stolen lol....especially when the people next to me were reporting a hijacking....

I see it is near the ABSA bank ... wonder if they are trying to draw money from your account?

gummibear, Sep 07 2020 12:00

Eish...sorry to hear this.Glad you are ok though.

morneS555, Sep 07 2020 12:03

I see it is near the ABSA bank ... wonder if they are trying to draw money from your account?

probably...but everything is/was password protected so they couldnt get into the phone even if that was the plan, not to mention the app (which uses my biometrics too). and then i bricked it in anycase over icloud so its a paperweight now.

Hairy, Sep 07 2020 12:05

probably...but everything is/was password protected so they couldnt get into the phone even if that was the plan, not to mention the app (which uses my biometrics too). and then i bricked it in anycase over icloud so its a paperweight now.

these guys must have been really really desperate to actually steel an iPhone ... surprised they did not offer you an Android device to help you out :P

morneS555, Sep 07 2020 12:12

these guys must have been really really desperate to actually steel an iPhone ... surprised they did not offer you an Android device to help you out :P

hahaha...so i was given an android device  (to use in the interim) which i was totally fine with...but then soon realised that i will be totally shut out of my existing 'ecosystem'...(computers etc) with no way of getting info, subscriptions, emails etc onto the android device so had to go buy a new one...well we bought the wife a new one and i took her old one.

Say what you want...once you experience the seamless bliss of switching on a brand device, computer, ipad, whatever and everything is on there like you were never even away without doing anything other than typing a password - never gets old... :P

Shebeen, Sep 07 2020 12:47

Stolen: Soma Valhallen 2018
When: 5 September 2020
Where: Cape Town, Western Cape
 

Got bike jacked this morning on countermand road just before postmansdam rod around 7:30.
Approaching a pedestrian, I felt uncomfortable with his body language and decided to go to the other side of the road, once he saw me crossing the road he decided to charge me with a knife. He was aiming for my head.
I rode the bike into the servitude and in the process jumped off the rear of the bike and him he can have it, just not to hurt me. I threw the bike into him and ran the opposite direction. Luckily I was not harmed. literally 1 minute later I flagged down a car (Thanks Mr Deon Venter) who offered to help....and not even 1 minute after that a group of about 10 mountain bikers came from hoogekraals side, and another lone cyclist that was probably 2 minutes behind me. They did not see the person on my bike so Deon then said he obviously went down postman's to Dunoons. So we drove around to the N7...and low and behold...there he was cruising next to the n7 on my bike. we could not get to him because of his location on the road, he then disappeared off the highway into Dunoon.
iPhone 7 (my bike computer) stolen too.

 

reported at durbanville police station.



Get further details about the incident in the Stolen Bikes section

 

that really sucks, I'm hoping we don't see a sharp rise in this sort of crime, even though it has been expected all of lockdown.

 

 

here?

 

https://www.google.c...18.54433,15.75z

 

i feel a little uneasy even driving there,

edit, saw the actual location on the post, my whoops.

Pure Savage, Sep 07 2020 12:58

So sorry to hear about this. Glad the flight not fight kicked in. 

Bateleur1, Sep 07 2020 01:09

that really sucks, I'm hoping we don't see a sharp rise in this sort of crime, even though it has been expected all of lockdown.

 

 

here?

 

https://www.google.c...18.54433,15.75z

 

i feel a little uneasy even driving there,

edit, saw the actual location on the post, my whoops.

 

Just seeing the number of Hubbers being hit it is pretty obvious there is already a sharp rise.

morneS555, Sep 07 2020 01:56

Just seeing the number of Hubbers being hit it is pretty obvious there is already a sharp rise.

and its happening in places that aren't necessarily considered dodge or secluded or whatever. The whole weekend i was just thinking about what would have happened if the group of cyclists arrived on the scene those minutes earlier. Probably nothing in that he would have not tried anything...but still, that road is so crowded with cyclists on their way to all the trail networks...and car with bikes on them..especially that time of the morning...it's like cycling rush hour. Even leaving the warehouse later (Deon had to go do something at his office first) there were tons of guys and gals going up that same piece of road where it just happened to me. it would almost be the equivalent of bike jacking someone inside bloemendal on a sunny sunday morning...

Jbr, Sep 07 2020 02:08

so sorry, that's scary to read...

I cycled this road so many times on my Road bike or MTB at way more quiet hours, I feel super lucky now, will definitely think twice next time... Probably just drive to the trails...

morneS555, Sep 07 2020 02:30

so sorry, that's scary to read...

I cycled this road so many times on my Road bike or MTB at way more quiet hours, I feel super lucky now, will definitely think twice next time... Probably just drive to the trails...

me too...i've ridden it in pitch black darkness at 5:30 in the morning...and as mentioned, my weekend loops are that way (or visa versa), around to faircape farms malanshoogte back via Adderley, spes bona, klipheuwel rd...back to dbville. and i never felt unsafe due to the frequency of cyclists on that loop. 

The fact that Posmansdam Rd is closed with that farm gate business there makes it a perfect getaway road on a stolen bike imo. 

gummibear, Sep 07 2020 03:42

So many unique bikes that are stolen but never recovered.
What happens to the bikes?