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Video: London commuters' bikes get surprise Christmas makeover

Bike Shack Leyton giftwraps bikes after giving them a tune-up and fitting new parts

A pair of London commuters got a pleasant surprise before Christmas when they returned to where they had parked their bikes to find them gift-wrapped, serviced, cleaned and with some brand new accessories.

Tom Preedy and Joe Bullock from Bike Shack Leyton turned Christmas elves to pimp up the unsuspecting owners’ bikes while they were off at their jobs, filming their handiwork, and the cyclists’ reactions when they returned, on hidden cameras.

Preedy told ITV London News: “We know that feeling when you are returning to your bike, hoping it is still there, hoping it still has it wheels, or a saddle to sit on. So we thought it would be cool if we could turn that apprehension into Christmas joy.”

If the video is anything to go by, the two owners welcomed the surprise – though knowing how attached cyclists get to their bike, and the familiarity that builds up over the years with the saddle, handlebar and pedals that are your physical connection with it, we can’t help wondering if others might have been less thrilled?

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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