Reward offered for return of Cinelli Strato stolen from London Bike Show

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

by Simon_MacMichael   January 18, 2012  

Cinelli Strato

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.

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I've kept the wheels and group set - but you can have the plastic frame back. Big Grin

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1055 posts]
18th January 2012 - 21:31

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Disgusting that anyone would stoop so low.

Don't buy upgrades. Ride up grades. (Merckx)

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posted by obutterwick [528 posts]
18th January 2012 - 22:19

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how did someone manage to walk away with a bike?? Surprise

posted by jamjam [61 posts]
18th January 2012 - 22:48

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Nah, I think I'll keep it.

"I can't believe I ate the whole thing..."

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posted by Cooks [483 posts]
18th January 2012 - 22:55

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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 ?

Sean

posted by seanieh66 [193 posts]
19th January 2012 - 3:46

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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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posted by alotronic [259 posts]
19th January 2012 - 8:46

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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).

posted by Bigpikle [66 posts]
19th January 2012 - 10:32

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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!

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3083 posts]
19th January 2012 - 10:36

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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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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8010 posts]
19th January 2012 - 10:50

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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 Big Grin

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posted by Gkam84 [8806 posts]
19th January 2012 - 13:43

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Yeek... Flip..... Hey I hope the culprit is found, & I hope we hear a good ending to this..

Challenge yourself..

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posted by uksportives [33 posts]
20th January 2012 - 22:56

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