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Distincive bike last seen on Chicken Cyclekit stand at around 4pm on Sunday afternoon

Chicken Cyclekit is offering a reward of up to £500 for the safe return of a Cinelli Strato bike stolen on Sunday afternoon from its stand at the London Bike Show at Excel in East London.

Fitted with Campagnolo Bullet wheels and Super Record groupset, the bike, worth £5,500 is certainly a head-turner and bound to attract attention.

Should you be offered it for sale, or have any information at all that might help lead to its recovery, please contact Chicken Cyclkit on 01525 381347.

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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WolfieSmith [1244 posts] 4 years ago
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I've kept the wheels and group set - but you can have the plastic frame back.  4

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obutterwick [474 posts] 4 years ago
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Disgusting that anyone would stoop so low.

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jamjam [61 posts] 4 years ago
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how did someone manage to walk away with a bike??  13

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Cooks [490 posts] 4 years ago
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Nah, I think I'll keep it.

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seanieh66 [196 posts] 4 years ago
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How did they do it? Go up to the guys at the stand and go, hey look over there! and run away really fast ...with bike under arm ?

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alotronic [437 posts] 4 years ago
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Stolen to order by a man who will hang it on his wall and never let it be seen? Or some complete idiots who would have been better off nicking a Boardman from the Halfords - at least no one would blink when they saw that outside the local Subway...

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Bigpikle [89 posts] 4 years ago
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if people can steal seats from show cars at the motor show I'd suspect a bike is fairly easy....
Hope they recover it and get the culprit(s).

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 4 years ago
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@jamjam - I reckon this was probably easier than you think. I've not been to one of these shows, but if it's anything like other events I've been to, there is a lot of stuff being sold, typically at "special show discounts", so a guy walking through a crowd with a bike will not have even been noticed. All he would need to do is get it off the stand. I wouldn't be surprised if he was in corporate gear or a uniform of some kind - hiding in plain sight.

There was a robbery in a fire shop near me a few years ago - two guys in hi-vis vests simply walked in looking offical and emptied the shop of fires/fireplaces into the back of a van while there were staff around!

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Simon_MacMichael [2442 posts] 4 years ago
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I imagine the fact it was at the end of the show made it easier too - pretty chaotic with everything starting to come down and be put away.

Years ago I worked Saturdays in Harrods (pre Al Fayed) - one story there was of a guy who turned up in menswear department on first day of sale (when staff count doubled through casual staff etc), brought his own cash register, spent the morning ringing up purchases, no-one queried it, headed off at lunchtime with pockets full of cash...

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 4 years ago
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Simon_MacMichael wrote:

I imagine the fact it was at the end of the show made it easier too - pretty chaotic with everything starting to come down and be put away.

Years ago I worked Saturdays in Harrods (pre Al Fayed) - one story there was of a guy who turned up in menswear department on first day of sale (when staff count doubled through casual staff etc), brought his own cash register, spent the morning ringing up purchases, no-one queried it, headed off at lunchtime with pockets full of cash...

I've heard about something like that, BUT also seen it down, The real hustle BBC program showed it being done, took and and credit cards and walked out of the shop again  4

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uksportives [25 posts] 4 years ago
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Yeek... Flip..... Hey I hope the culprit is found, & I hope we hear a good ending to this..