Deadline for bike marking-linked competition extended to February 14

Avon and Somerset Police have extended the deadline for a competition that will see one lucky cyclist ride away with £150 worth of bicycle accessories to Sunday 14 February – Valentine’s Day, to the more romantically inclined among you.

Local cyclists can enter the competition through having their bikes security marked, which the force says not only increases the chances of your pride and joy being returned should it be stolen, but also deters thieves from taking it in the first place.

In recent weeks, police have held a series of bike-marking events throughout Avon and Somerset and the deadline has been extended to allow anyone lucky enough to have found a bike-shaped parcel gift-wrapped under the Christmas tree a chance to enter.

Details of events being held between now and February 14 can be found by telephoning your local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0845 456 7000, or you can have your pride and joy marked at your local police station.

Competition terms and conditions are available on the force’s website, and police advise that as well as having their bikes marked, cyclists can take other steps to reduce the chances of theft, including using two different types of lock such as a D-lock and chain, and making sure the bike is locked even when left at home or in the garage.

The bike-marking initiative is one of a series of measures promoted by Avon and Somerset Police in recent months to combat a range of crime and anti-social behaviour under its Operation Relentless.

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.