A man in Nanning, Guangxi Province, China has hit upon a novel way of ensuring potential theieves are deterred from trying to take his bike while he pops into the shops, with his golden retriever dog standing guard with one paw on the bike until he returns.
What's more, his four-legged friend, known locally as the 'bike-hugging dog' but who also goes by the name of Li Li, then jumps up onto the rear of the bike before issuing a bark to tell its owner that he's good to go, as shown in the video below.
In response to comments made to the YouTube video, user ALCREW who uploaded it has started a website aimed at securing a better perch for the pooch - it's ot clear whether Li Li's owner actually wants one or even knows about the video, but you can find out more at www.betterseatforthedog.com.
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.