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Blur frontman has 30 bikes nicked in past few years; good news for his local bike shop

Blur frontman Damon Albarn has emerged as an unlikely hero of West London’s bike thieves with the news that the musician has had no fewer than 30 bicycles stolen during the past few years. However, it’s less to do with a run of wretched bad luck and more a result of the musician’s rather singular approach to bicycle security – he doesn’t bother with a lock and instead simply buys a new bike when the inevitable happens.

As a multimillionaire, it’s an indulgence that Albarn can clearly afford, though his devil-may-care attitude suggests that he has less of an emotional attachment to his bike than most other cyclists, who on average spend just 23 months enjoying their pride and joy before it’s nicked, according to a study we reported on last week. Albarn is getting rather less use out of his bikes than that.

A friend of the singer and producer told The Sun: “Damon’s wild for having his bikes nicked. He always buys old-school style racers that cost about £600 a pop. He’s spent around £18,000 since 2007 getting his stolen bikes replaced. It’s all because he can’t be bothered to use a lock.”

Each time a bike is stolen, Albarn heads down to Halfpipe Bikes on Golborne Road to buy a replacement.

The friend added: “Staff asked him to use a lock but he said, ‘I can’t be arsed’. They even offered a lock installed with satellite tracking technology but he refused it.”

 

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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Some Fella [890 posts] 3 years ago
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Dick

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NeilXDavis [120 posts] 3 years ago
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Lets be honest...we all would like customers like that!

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jackh [119 posts] 3 years ago
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Just to remind everyone that this comes from the Sun... make of that what you will.

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daloriana [13 posts] 3 years ago
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Could we have a section in Road CC purely devoted to 'celebrity' BS like this? then I could avoid it like the plague.

Seriously, how is this relevant to any 'normal' cyclist?

Some Fella's got this one sewn up.

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Leviathan [1786 posts] 3 years ago
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Is this the Trickle Down theory of economics? Even a simple lock has to be less bother than replacing your bike 30 time forgetting the money. He might think he is helping the shop, but helping the thieves out too is not cool Damon.

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mr-andrew [300 posts] 3 years ago
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"A friend of the singer and producer told The Sun" -
-or, as some would put it "fabrication" or being more generous "exaggeration"

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Ghedebrav [1098 posts] 3 years ago
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After doing his best to ruin African music and Elizabethan mysticism for me, the less cycling Allbran does the better.

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bike_food [167 posts] 3 years ago
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The shop owner probably nicks them and sells them back to the pleb.

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Deac [157 posts] 3 years ago
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I quite fancy a £600 old school bike where does he live?

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Abbie [59 posts] 3 years ago
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Please tell me this isn't true!

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ajmarshal1 [403 posts] 3 years ago
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Well Chris, I believe he lives in a house, a very big house in the country......

I'll get me coat.

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mdh [3 posts] 3 years ago
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Wanker.

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Paulo [112 posts] 3 years ago
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So much hate...  20 & NEVER trust a sun article

I wish I didn't have to use a lock... they are annoying to carry more than anything.

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Cooks [490 posts] 3 years ago
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So.... where does he live?

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OldRidgeback [2554 posts] 3 years ago
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Seeing it was in the Currant Bun, it might not be true. Or it might in all likelihood be based on a half truth, in that he admitted he forgot to lock his bike once and it was nicked, but he's had other bikes nicked too.

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lostinfrance [15 posts] 3 years ago
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Well I never lock or carry a lock for my bike. I do remove my Garmin, but to honest I think that even that is a bit unnecessary. But then I live in rural Brittany, where people welcome Lycra in bars and coffee shops. Make mine a double espresso si vous plait.

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WolfieSmith [1246 posts] 3 years ago
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Doesn't he shop at 'I Saw You Coming'.

"That's £600 for the bike
+ bell = £700
+ Vat = £1000."

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WolfieSmith [1246 posts] 3 years ago
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That was unnecessarily smug LostinFrance.  4

Hoping to get over your way in the summer so I'll be in touch if I do.

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antonio [1103 posts] 3 years ago
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A bike stalker is obviously on to a good living, follow and take, simples!

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CanAmSteve [245 posts] 3 years ago
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Now there's a solution to two problems - those pesky locks AND the N+1 issue, since

N-lock = -1N requiring N+1 to = N

Simply beautiful in its simplicity - the balance of nature is preserved

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fatbeggaronabike [760 posts] 3 years ago
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I quite fancy a £600 old school bike where does he live?

posted by Chris Deacon [82 posts] 11th January 2013 - 19:18

ajmarshal1 wrote:

Well Chris, I believe he lives in a house, a very big house in the country......

I'll get me coat.

 24 24 Thank you.

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Matt_S [234 posts] 3 years ago
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Makes you wonder where the seemingly endless supply of old school racing bikes comes from...

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Chainring-Annih... [7 posts] 3 years ago
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lostinfrance wrote:

Well I never lock or carry a lock for my bike. I do remove my Garmin, but to honest I think that even that is a bit unnecessary. But then I live in rural Brittany, where people welcome Lycra in bars and coffee shops. Make mine a double espresso si vous plait.

I've been there, I can believe it.
However, I believe it's due to more respect for cyclists, not generally less theft?
I wasn't allowed to bring my own bag into the supermarket there, and had to check it in (meaning trusting them with any valuables in my bag, whilst they wouldn't trust me to NOT steal something, bit unbalanced methinks).
Apparently this was due to shoplifters, but not everyone was having to do it, so I took offence, thinking it was due to my appearance. Maybe instead of looking long-haired and metal-music-loving, I should wear lycra and shave my legs?

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Chris S [44 posts] 3 years ago
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I never use a lock meself, but out in the sticks here we're honest and keep an eye out for one another, so nowt vanishes.....

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Dr. Ko [153 posts] 3 years ago
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He should do it like I handle Strava: I hire someone to do it for me.  13

So he could hire someone to ride along and carry a lock and lock his bike for him.

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john rutherford [10 posts] 3 years ago
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what a twat more money than sense .always been a Jarvis wanabee .Mockney wanker

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Simmo72 [584 posts] 3 years ago
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Some Fella wrote:

Dick

That sums it up well,

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carl j [23 posts] 3 years ago
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It was me. I lifted them all. If it's not locked, it's left, right?

Seriously, if you are that loaded, and couldn't give a monkeys, it doesn't make you a dick or a wanker - just fortunate.

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carl j [23 posts] 3 years ago
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OMG - I posted on something almost a month old.... Well done me!