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Bike was one of three stolen last week from GB age group duathlete

Police in South East London are appealing for help in tracing three bikes stolen from Lee Park, SE3 last week – with a youth photographed riding one of them in Hither Green at the weekend.

The 69-year-old victim, a Great Britain age group athlete, was due to use one of the bikes, at the World Duathlon Championships in Spain later this month.

The bikes had been locked in a shed in the owner’s garden at 5pm last Thursday 8 May, and at 8.30am the following morning he discovered the door was open and the bikes no longer there.

Last Sunday, the owner of a bike shop in Lee Green told police he had seen a youth riding one of the stolen bikes, a Swiss triathlon frame with deep section Zipp wheels, in Hither Green. Details of the other two bikes were not supplied.

A witness, Kate Curran, who belongs to same triathlon club as the victim, took photographs which have been widely retweeted on Twitter with the hashtag #findvernonsbike.

Detective Constable Louise Mayhook from Lewisham police's Serious Acquisitive Crime Unit said: "These bikes are worth approximately £6,000, with each bike worth close to £2,000.

“The victim was to use one of them to compete in the world duathlon championships for Great Britain on 31 May in Spain.

“We are keen to trace the person in the image who is believed to have been riding around on the stolen bike last Sunday," she added.

Anyone who has information is asked to contact Lewisham's Serious Acquisitive Crime Unit on 020 8284 8477 or via 101, or the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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bikebot [1924 posts] 2 years ago
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Obviously someone took a picture of him because he was riding on the pavement. Apart from that, it looks like a typical scene in south London of a lad out enjoying his bike  21

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Beaufort [270 posts] 2 years ago
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The arrogance of the modern young Bandit.

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AyBee [85 posts] 2 years ago
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How on earth did he think he was going to blend in on a bike like that whilst wearing bright green trainers and in central london?!

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notfastenough [3685 posts] 2 years ago
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Hope they catch him. Talk about being blatantly obvious.

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muddyfox69 [27 posts] 2 years ago
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That skip cap is seriously going to take away any aerodynamics of the bike. Think he should have turned it round the other way. And the hood will just catch the wind. If he ever gets two feet on the pedals for long enough. Hope they get returned, and undamaged.

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Huw Watkins [97 posts] 2 years ago
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He's still riding it in the area in which he nicked it? He's not the sharpest tool then

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muddyfox69 [27 posts] 2 years ago
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I know you don't expect your gear to be stolen, but £6k worth of bikes, "locked in a shed"? How secure was the shed. I think if I had bikes like that, they'd be in the house.

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Paul_C [463 posts] 2 years ago
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muddyfox69 wrote:

I know you don't expect your gear to be stolen, but £6k worth of bikes, "locked in a shed"? How secure was the shed. I think if I had bikes like that, they'd be in the house.

or else some Sold Secure Gold rated chains and ground anchors to secure the damned things to the ground with... that's what my insurance requires.

I live on a council estate and have my bike secured with a ground anchor and chain. All gold rated. Requires serious noisy tools to cut through.

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wheelsucker [58 posts] 2 years ago
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After all of this publicity it is probably worth checking the railway embankment by the flats, or Manor Park/River Quaggy, although I am sure this is being done.
Fingers crossed all ends well

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Yennings [237 posts] 2 years ago
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Sadly the little scrote could probably ride past 99.9 per cent of Londoners on a TT bike with Zipp deep sections and nobody would see anything out of the ordinary...

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johndonnelly [81 posts] 2 years ago
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Yennings wrote:

Sadly the little scrote could probably ride past 99.9 per cent of Londoners on a TT bike with Zipp deep sections and nobody would see anything out of the ordinary...

Help me out here, I'm trying to decide if you're more offended by the theft or the fact he isn't dressing appropriately to ride that bike.

Equal weighting perhaps?

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bikebot [1924 posts] 2 years ago
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johndonnelly wrote:

Help me out here, I'm trying to decide if you're more offended by the theft or the fact he isn't dressing appropriately to ride that bike.

I know, I know. Despite all the Police campaigns and media coverage, you still get cyclists in London who refuse to wear a hi-viz vest!  19

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Scoob_84 [381 posts] 2 years ago
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I remember seeing a fat middle ages Asian fella wearing baggy sweaters amongst other things riding around on a pavement on bike with Zipp wheels near kings cross about a year ago. Alarm bells were ringing when i saw this, but i didn't really know what to do.

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Scoob_84 [381 posts] 2 years ago
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Huw Watkins wrote:

He's still riding it in the area in which he nicked it? He's not the sharpest tool then

But still a tool nontheless

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stenmeister [274 posts] 2 years ago
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I wonder if he knows how to change gear on it.

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GrooveRidar [10 posts] 2 years ago
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Sky's new skinsuit?

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workhard [397 posts] 2 years ago
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only needed to go as far as the local pub or pawnshop though...

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abbeybob [15 posts] 2 years ago
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No helmet either. when they catch him they ought to cut his goolies off

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glynr36 [637 posts] 2 years ago
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muddyfox69 wrote:

I know you don't expect your gear to be stolen, but £6k worth of bikes, "locked in a shed"? How secure was the shed. I think if I had bikes like that, they'd be in the house.

If someone really wants them though they'll get them.
All you can do are meet the criteria for your insurance and hope you'll never need to claim.

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Jez Ash [201 posts] 2 years ago
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Scoob_84 wrote:

... a fat middle ages Asian fella wearing baggy sweaters ...

Emperor Chengzu of the Ming Dynasty, perhaps?

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joemmo [1164 posts] 2 years ago
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you may scoff but aerobars are quite handy for dangling a carrier bag full of tabs and lager if you need to nip out to the corner shop, it's not such an unwise choice.

FWIW - a friend had his expensive aero bike returned after a theft when a clued up copper saw someone he judged to be inappropriately dressed tooling around on it. Prejudice or instinct - whatever, he got his bike back.

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Wolfshade [187 posts] 2 years ago
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Never mind all that, look at all The Rules he is breaking!

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mingmong [260 posts] 2 years ago
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... saddle height, being one of them.

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cyclingDMlondon [488 posts] 2 years ago
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AyBee wrote:

How on earth did he think he was going to blend in on a bike like that whilst wearing bright green trainers and in central london?!

Because he's a stupid fuck who has no idea of the value of the bike?

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shay cycles [324 posts] 2 years ago
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Am I the only one who has occasionally ridden a racing bike wearing trainers, jeans and a coat? I've done that quite a few times over the years and don't expect to attract attention because I'm not dressed "approriately".

The thing that would ring alarm bells in this case is not what the young man is wearing but the fact that the bike is far too small for him (then again I've ridden other people's bikes that were far too small for me in the past and without "apprpriate clothing").

I hope the bike gets returned and I hope the people involved in nicking it or passing it on are caught but I do wish people knees didn't jerk so much when triggered by prejudices.

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georgee [162 posts] 2 years ago
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Even if the filthy chav gets knicked he'll just claim he bought it off some scrag head in a pub for £20 and be let free.

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olic [63 posts] 2 years ago
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shay cycles wrote:

Am I the only one who has occasionally ridden a racing bike wearing trainers, jeans and a coat? I've done that quite a few times over the years and don't expect to attract attention because I'm not dressed "approriately".

The thing that would ring alarm bells in this case is not what the young man is wearing but the fact that the bike is far too small for him (then again I've ridden other people's bikes that were far too small for me in the past and without "apprpriate clothing").

I hope the bike gets returned and I hope the people involved in nicking it or passing it on are caught but I do wish people knees didn't jerk so much when triggered by prejudices.

Err, you realise that's a TT bike yeah? Why on earth would anyone pop out in a TT bike dressed like that? If that's not ringing alarm bells to you then, well..

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ratattat [52 posts] 2 years ago
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If the police can't catch him with those pics its criminal

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ratattat [52 posts] 2 years ago
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If the police can't catch him with those pics its criminal

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shay cycles [324 posts] 2 years ago
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Yes I know exactly what type of bike it is - the only bike I've never popped out on when "inappropriately" dressed was my Motor Paced bike which was never ridden except behind a motorbike on a track!

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