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Police recover stolen Genesis Volare following tip-off - just in time before it was sold on to be broken up

Ian Bibby has been reunited with this Genesis Volare bike, stolen outside a café in Lancaster last week while the Madison Genesis rider was inside.

The bike, worth £7,000 and one of only ten in the world, was recovered after a tip-off from an address in Lancashire, apparently as it was about to be sold on for £2,500.

Police believe the prospective purchaser planned to break the bike up and sell the parts on eBay.

Bibby has raised his arms in victory a good few times in his career, but possibly never with as much relief – nor, indeed, as much underwear showing – as in the above picture he tweeted earlier this afternoon.

“My little Genesis bike has had a right adventure this weekend,” he said. “But he's back with his dad! Thanks for all the help!”

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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Gkam84 [9080 posts] 3 years ago
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I hope the thief gets a hefty sentence now that bikes been recovered and that Ian learns from his mistakes.

1. Don't leave you bike unattended at all
2. Tighten your belt before taking photos like above  19

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sorebones [139 posts] 3 years ago
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are the pants too high, or the trousers too low?  21

Well done Lancs police

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Bagpuss [99 posts] 3 years ago
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Someone nicked his jeans so he's wearing his sisters?

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merckxman [40 posts] 3 years ago
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No he's got a pair of good old fashion Lancashire belly warmers on..or just had a wedgie from the old bill..

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Farky [183 posts] 3 years ago
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Think the quite here is:

Bibby keeps his pants up high, after getting truly caught with them down.

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Simon_MacMichael [2448 posts] 3 years ago
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From now on, when I see a kid with their arse hanging out of their jeans, I'm calling the look 'Bibbyshorts'...

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liam.cahill1 [42 posts] 3 years ago
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As a young person, I can inform you that this is the fashion of the day  1

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pmr [196 posts] 3 years ago
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It is a fashion that I gaurantee you will look back on in 10 years and think "what an absolute tw@t I looked!".
At least you'll have something to laugh at.
Great advertising coup by Madison, they'll surely not start locking up their bikes now.
Very difficult for thieves to shift something like this, as this proves.

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alotronic [450 posts] 3 years ago
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He's mixing his genres a bit - skinny jeans AND pants out is trying to be hipster and gansta. Is that a 'hipsta'?

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mad_scot_rider [581 posts] 3 years ago
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pmr wrote:

It is a fashion that I gaurantee you will look back on in 10 years and think "what an absolute tw@t I looked!".

Let's see

70's - tank tops & shirts with huge spangly collars
80's - hairdo territory, briefly permed followed by a flat-top

thank Dog by the 90's I was old & jaded enough not to care

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alotronic [450 posts] 3 years ago
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90s - Ponytails.

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robert_obrien [118 posts] 3 years ago
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90's neat grey hair combed back, beige cardy
00's neat grey hair combed back, beige cardy
10's neat grey hair combed back with a patch of skin showing in the middle, beige cardy

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veseunr [256 posts] 3 years ago
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I left £7000 on the street whilst I nipped into a cafe the other day ....

Perhaps we need to be more careful with our possessions.

Nice grundies  3

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bfslxo [144 posts] 3 years ago
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fair play to the feds & a big up to the person who gave the tip off - good on u

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andyp [1444 posts] 3 years ago
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'the feds'
??

WTF?

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mingmong [257 posts] 3 years ago
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It's not a fashion faux pas, the police have had him on the rack and stretched him - Look at his arms!  19

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themartincox [488 posts] 3 years ago
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If only the police put quite so much effort into tracking down bikes normally.

He didnt pay for it, I would hazard a guess he would have been given another for free and there would likely have been very 'emotional' attachment to it.

More of an issue for average Joe the commuter who has his bike stolen who then has to save an pay for another one as the police wont be putting any effort into recovery of that.

slightly grinchy I know

/end of rant

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bikeandy61 [524 posts] 3 years ago
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themartincox - I know where you're coming from though I suspect he did feel bad about it. My favorite is Stoke on Trent's favorite billionaire, Mr "mobile phones" Caudwell. He had his Trek Madonne nicked a few years back and Trek gave him a replacement. Bit different than the tug of war I have had with insurers to get my compo for the two bikes I've had nicked over the years.

Still - "much will have more" as the aphorism goes (is that an aphorism)?  19 20 4

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Steven_L [45 posts] 3 years ago
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I had to laugh at Adam Blythe's reply to him on Twitter:
I bet you wish you could lift that bike as high as your armS!!! #heavy #needacrane

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Gizmo_ [1381 posts] 3 years ago
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New sponsorship from Kryptonite coming up?

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Peddlar [4 posts] 3 years ago
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Nice undercrackers.....

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minnellium [86 posts] 3 years ago
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Melvinned!

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OldnSlo [135 posts] 3 years ago
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the velvet suit and sideburns and winklepickers are on order no doubt

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BearstedCC [80 posts] 3 years ago
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Ian have you read the Ralpha Review on the other page...