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Police appeal for help after RideLondon FreeCycle bike theft

Police are appealing for information about the rider of a bike stolen during the RideLondon FreeCycle event on Saturday, August 3 that subsequently turned up in official event photos.

The green Trek Madone 4.9 was stolen from Green Park near Constitution Hill, SW1 at 1pm while the FreeCycle ride was underway.

Its owner, a 42-year-old man, was about to take part in the ride and had locked his bike, but the thief or thieves cut the lock. When he found his bike missing, he told officers from the Met’s Cycle Task Force who were attending the event.

Browsing through official photos from the ride, he put in his ride number, and up popped an image of the bike being ridden along the Mall, with said number still attached.

Police investigating the theft would like to trace the male in the photograph.

The suspect is described as a white man wearing a blue cycle helmet, sunglasses, a blue and white striped t-shirt, beige/grey shorts and blue and white shoes.


Police would like to speak to this man, photographed riding the missing bike.

PC Charlotte Brierley, of the Cycle Task Force, said: "The victim was about to take part in the FreeCycle event when his bicycle was stolen. The theft took place in the middle of a very busy event and we are urging people who were there who may have seen anything to come forward.

"As a result he could not take part in the event which he was looking forward to participating in."

Anyone with information is urged to contact PC Brierley who is leading the investigation for the Cycle Task Force on 07768 928456 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


An earlier pic of the missing bike.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 2 years ago
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A thief that brings their own helmet, then rides the event in full view of photographers on the route? There's something seriously odd about this.

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nowasps [379 posts] 2 years ago
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If that's an official photo, why has nobody stumped up the few quid necessary to use the hi-res version?

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 2 years ago
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notfastenough wrote:

A thief that brings their own helmet, then rides the event in full view of photographers on the route? There's something seriously odd about this.

Not really odd,

If you are going out planning to steal a bike from an event like the Freecycle, you need to fit into the crowd and not look out of place...

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Low Speed Wobble [154 posts] 2 years ago
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Brilliant! He should have been arrested during the ride for wearing baggy shorts on a bike like that anyway.

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hoppo100 [3 posts] 2 years ago
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I hope they catch him and chop his theifing hands of! Or should that be his theifing feet off!

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SideBurn [890 posts] 2 years ago
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Maybe he misunderstood the meaning of 'FreeCycle'?
But seriously this is a pretty s**t thing to happen.
I was at an event last year where the Police caught an organised gang stealing bikes; you have been warned  22 Keep your stuff safe and your eyes open. Who would ride a bike with clip-less shoes and deck shoes? Someone must have seen that and thought that's a bit odd....

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Dr_Lex [239 posts] 2 years ago
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Hopefully pushing this picture out in to the social media will result in someone getting their collar felt; recent police-related bicycle stories don't inspire confidence in professional detection.

SideBurn wrote:

[...] Who would ride a bike with clip-less shoes and deck shoes? [...]

*nit-pick*
They may be SPD shoes - I have a pair of DZR shoes that are similar.

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usedtobefaster [153 posts] 2 years ago
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First rule of good bike owner ship ignored.

Never leave your pride and joy out of line of sight, and don't trust anyone you don't know.

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davecochrane [130 posts] 2 years ago
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I suspect this is a crop from a different photo, which was actually of someone else...which would at least explain the reduced resolution....

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davecochrane [130 posts] 2 years ago
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If only there was a Govt. agency with the ability to track your face across any camera netwo...oh wait.

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londonplayer [620 posts] 2 years ago
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Not sure if this is of any use but his t shirt is from m and s. I have one myself...

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Dog72 [106 posts] 2 years ago
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londonplayer wrote:

Not sure if this is of any use but his t shirt is from m and s. I have one myself...

And where were you 2 Saturdays ago?

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billyman [148 posts] 2 years ago
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lovely looking bike, such a shame, I hope someone recognizes him and he gets it back, all good bikes should be fitted with gps tracker h

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londonplayer [620 posts] 2 years ago
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Dog72 wrote:
londonplayer wrote:

Not sure if this is of any use but his t shirt is from m and s. I have one myself...

And where were you 2 Saturdays ago?

*badoom Tish*

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Leviathan [1778 posts] 2 years ago
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SideBurn wrote:

Who would ride a bike with clip-less shoes and deck shoes? Someone must have seen that and thought that's a bit odd....

Honestly I just jump on my bike wearing trainers a lot of the time on Look Keo clipless pedals. Cleats are fine for commuting and training but do you really change pedals whenever you go to the shops? I must look like a thieving Hobbit a lot of the time then.
Hope the pictures help find the bike, it is fine.

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snooks [30 posts] 2 years ago
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That is one ugly bike.

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DonnyCampo [62 posts] 2 years ago
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Who'd steal a Trek AND let themself be photographed riding it?...

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SideBurn [890 posts] 2 years ago
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bikeboy76 wrote:
SideBurn wrote:

Who would ride a bike with clip-less shoes and deck shoes? Someone must have seen that and thought that's a bit odd....

Honestly I just jump on my bike wearing trainers a lot of the time on Look Keo clipless pedals. Cleats are fine for commuting and training but do you really change pedals whenever you go to the shops? I must look like a thieving Hobbit a lot of the time then.
Hope the pictures help find the bike, it is fine.

But this was a sportive?
£2,500 bike and no cycling shoes....
Would I ride a £2,500 bike down to the shops?
And if I did and a Police officer or someone else politely asked a few questions (as reported recently on this site), would I appreciate their interest/concern?
I am not suggesting someone attacks him with a baseball bat! If he said he had forgotten his kit (or other reasonable explanation) and decided to ride anyway then good for him...

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Leviathan [1778 posts] 2 years ago
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SideBurn wrote:

But this was a sportive?

Nope, not the London 100. The Freecycle is the 'bimble' around the streets of London, kids and baggys and all.

SideBurn wrote:

Would I ride a £2,500 bike down to the shops?

I would if I had one. Anyone seen any Trek Madones going cheap on ebay lately?

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 2 years ago
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SideBurn wrote:

But this was a sportive?
£2,500 bike and no cycling shoes....
Would I ride a £2,500 bike down to the shops?
And if I did and a Police officer or someone else politely asked a few questions (as reported recently on this site), would I appreciate their interest/concern?
I am not suggesting someone attacks him with a baseball bat! If he said he had forgotten his kit (or other reasonable explanation) and decided to ride anyway then good for him...

I ride my trike to the shop all the time, Its worth alot more than that Trek, it has SPD pedals with platforms around them, so I often just wear trainers when only going a little distance  3

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markrjl [18 posts] 2 years ago
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Perhaps he was signed up for the !00 the next day. I did the freecycle on a half decent bike but left it with 2 ubolt locks and a heavy duty cable lock for good measure while I popped off to EXCEL to register. Half expected it to be gone when I got back. Obviously a less desirable bike than I thought!

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Dr. Ko [151 posts] 2 years ago
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Too bad the thief did not come across these police men:
http://innercitymobility.blogspot.de/2013/06/transformation-fashion-crim...

2.5 grand shopping bike? Come on, no one would like to be seen on such a cheap bike if he wants to go shopping in Knightsbridge. My advice: If You can not afford a 10k custom build, park at Victoria&Albert, walk over to H.  3

Before someone starts asking I'm currently riding the Brompton to work - in a business suit.  4

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SammyG [274 posts] 2 years ago
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different tyres to the picture at the bottom?

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PhilRuss [352 posts] 2 years ago
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.....I just jump on my bike wearing trainers a lot of the time on Look Keo clipless pedals. Cleats are fine for commuting and training but do you really change pedals whenever you go to the shops? I must look like a thieving Hobbit a lot of the time then.

[[[[ Nope, I change bikes when I go to the shops. Mind you, I hear there is a bar-steward around who'll filch anything with two wheels and flog it quick for a score..
P.R.

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TeamCC [146 posts] 2 years ago
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London has a billion CCTV cameras, can't they simply follow this person around? I mean, as long as we have all our public activity recorded by the government, can't they use it for something helpful?

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gb901 [149 posts] 2 years ago
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The fact theres a MET Police Cycle Task Force is laughable! It appears theres a unit or task force for everything these days - no wonder you never see any police officers actually plodding the streets!

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Paul M [350 posts] 2 years ago
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londonplayer wrote:

Not sure if this is of any use but his t shirt is from m and s. I have one myself...

That should narrow it down a bit.....

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Paul M [350 posts] 2 years ago
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Leviathan [1778 posts] 2 years ago
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PhilRuss wrote:

.....I just jump on my bike wearing trainers a lot of the time on Look Keo clipless pedals. Cleats are fine for commuting and training but do you really change pedals whenever you go to the shops? I must look like a thieving Hobbit a lot of the time then.

[[[[ Nope, I change bikes when I go to the shops. Mind you, I hear there is a bar-steward around who'll filch anything with two wheels and flog it quick for a score..
P.R.

Some of us don't have two bikes.

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matthewn5 [639 posts] 2 years ago
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You're right, SammyG, they are different tyres! Maybe he nicked some wheels, too.

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