Damon Albarn's bicycle security tips... just buy a new one

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

by Simon_MacMichael   January 11, 2013  

Wheel from stolen bike © Simon MacMichael.JPG

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.”

 

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Dick

posted by Some Fella [816 posts]
11th January 2013 - 14:21

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Lets be honest...we all would like customers like that!

posted by NeilXDavis [113 posts]
11th January 2013 - 14:29

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Just to remind everyone that this comes from the Sun... make of that what you will.

posted by jackh [107 posts]
11th January 2013 - 15:11

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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.

They're gonna hit the line almost together!

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posted by daloriana [12 posts]
11th January 2013 - 15:15

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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.



I am stronger than Mensa, Miller and Mailer, I spat out Plath and Pinter.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1396 posts]
11th January 2013 - 16:24

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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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posted by mr-andrew [299 posts]
11th January 2013 - 18:00

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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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posted by Ghedebrav [1102 posts]
11th January 2013 - 18:37

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The shop owner probably nicks them and sells them back to the pleb.

posted by bike_food [106 posts]
11th January 2013 - 19:03

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I quite fancy a £600 old school bike where does he live?

posted by Chris Deacon [129 posts]
11th January 2013 - 19:18

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Please tell me this isn't true!

posted by Abbie [43 posts]
11th January 2013 - 19:24

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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.

posted by ajmarshal1 [355 posts]
11th January 2013 - 19:42

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Wanker.

posted by mdh [1 posts]
11th January 2013 - 19:54

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So much hate... Crying & 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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posted by Paulo [110 posts]
11th January 2013 - 20:06

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So.... where does he live?

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

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posted by Cooks [491 posts]
11th January 2013 - 20:27

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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.

OldRidgeback

posted by OldRidgeback [2289 posts]
11th January 2013 - 21:33

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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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posted by lostinfrance [14 posts]
11th January 2013 - 22:34

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Doesn't he shop at 'I Saw You Coming'.

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

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

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posted by MercuryOne [1084 posts]
12th January 2013 - 10:27

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That was unnecessarily smug LostinFrance. Big Grin

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

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

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posted by MercuryOne [1084 posts]
12th January 2013 - 10:29

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A bike stalker is obviously on to a good living, follow and take, simples!

antonio

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posted by antonio [993 posts]
12th January 2013 - 10:42

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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

Ride your own ride

posted by CanAmSteve [160 posts]
12th January 2013 - 10:44

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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.

Rolling On The Floor Rolling On The Floor Thank you.

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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [603 posts]
12th January 2013 - 10:58

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Makes you wonder where the seemingly endless supply of old school racing bikes comes from...

Nerd Thinking

posted by Matt_S [191 posts]
12th January 2013 - 11:40

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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?

Forget whatever sexy gear you have: it's the man not the machine (unless you're a certain top-flight pro cyclist in which case it's the drugs). I cycle on performance-REDUCING drugs, if anything!

posted by Chainring-Annih... [7 posts]
12th January 2013 - 15:45

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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.....

ChrisS

posted by Chris S [44 posts]
12th January 2013 - 19:47

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He should do it like I handle Strava: I hire someone to do it for me. Surprise

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

posted by Dr. Ko [109 posts]
12th January 2013 - 20:03

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what a twat more money than sense .always been a Jarvis wanabee .Mockney wanker

John R

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posted by john rutherford [12 posts]
12th January 2013 - 22:22

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Some Fella wrote:
Dick

That sums it up well,

'It's the closest you can get to flying'
Robin Williams response when asked why he enjoyed riding so much

posted by Simmo72 [387 posts]
13th January 2013 - 12:27

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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.

posted by carl j [23 posts]
5th February 2013 - 20:08

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OMG - I posted on something almost a month old.... Well done me!

posted by carl j [23 posts]
5th February 2013 - 20:09

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