Jon Snow’s bike stolen – again

CTC president offers £1000 reward for the return of the second Ti Condor to be stolen in a year

by Martin Thomas   July 16, 2010  

Jon Snow with TRAT riders

CTC president and Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow’s bespoke titanium Condor has been stolen from outside the Channel 4 newsroom in central London.

It’s the second time in a year that Jon’s had a Condor Gran Fondo stolen.

Jon, pictured on his bike with riders from this year's The Race Against Time LEJOG ride, of which he is patron, wrote on the Channel 4 News website: "I unclip my microphone, take out my earpiece, listen to a quick debrief at the end of Channel 4 News, put on my cycle clips, wander out to the street to straddle my trusty steed – and it is gone.

“I walk twice round the building looking for broken locks or the bike itself. Then I wonder whether I parked it somewhere else – and I know I didn't. It was on the last hoop, right under the CCTV camera.

“Yes, it's gone. And it's another stake through my heart. The sudden loss of independence, mobililty, and that old friend.

“And if you think you've read all this before, you have. It happened at the end of last year, but then it was from my block of flats.

“It was a beauty - a hand-built, titanium-framed Condor, a too-good-to-hurry-mint bike.

“So I've tweeted an offer of £1,000 to get it back. In fact, whoever finds it can have anything they want! (Well, except the bike itself).

“Sure, it's insured. But I daren't even begin to tell the people whose craft made it.”

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That's cos he couldn't -- Condor's frames are made in Italy.

posted by Badlydrawnboyo [1 posts]
16th July 2010 - 14:56

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I took this photo two years ago on Grays Inn Road; Ridgeback with eggbeaters on it being wheeled by chap wearing HiTecs with a 4 foot long set of boltcroppers. Don't lock nice bikes on the street in WC1/EC1.

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posted by dubtap [10 posts]
16th July 2010 - 15:33

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2nd hand Ti Condors are a rare thing.

Brick lane, Gumtree and Ebay have to be his ports of call.

posted by gazzaputt [179 posts]
16th July 2010 - 16:02

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If the crims have any sense they'll weigh it in rather than selling it as a bike. Hope he gets it back though.

Wonder what lock he uses? I know nothing is unbreakable given time, of course.

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17th October 2012 - 9:47

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