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Hampshire cyclist recovers stolen bike after spotting it on eBay

John Whalvin’s Boardman CX was stolen just three days after he bought it

A cyclist from Hampshire whose bike was stolen just three days after he bought it has been reunited with it – after spotting it for sale on eBay.

John Whalvin’s Boardman CX bike was stolen from outside the library of Southampton Solent University, reports the Daily Echo .

Mr Whalvin, from the village of Rownhams near Southampton, suspected that the thieves might attempt to sell the stolen bike online, and spotted it for sale on eBay two days later.

His wife, posing as a potential purchaser, visited an address in Eastleigh to view the bike and rang police, waiting there until they arrived and arrested the would-be vendor, who said he had bought it via another website.

“When I found it online I was physically shaking and when we got it back I felt a whole weight of relief,” said Mr Whalvin.

Police arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of handling stolen goods and bailed him until September 9.

We’ve reported in the past on a number of cyclists who have got their stolen bikes back after spotting them for sale on websites such as eBay or Gumtree, and Craigslist in the United States.

In 2009, a cyclist whose bike was spotted for sale on eBay praised Avon & Somerset Constabulary  for their help in getting it back, recovering it the same day he alerted them to the sale and even delivering it to his home.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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