Hub geared bike was taken from owner's house on Sunday evening...

An appeal has been launched on Facebook to try and find a custom bike that was looted from the owner's flooded home in York.

Posting on behalf of a friend to whom the distinctive bike - black, with an internal hub gear - belonged, Claire Shanks sent a message yesterday to the York Floods 2015 Help for the affected group on the social network, saying:

Last night (Sunday 3 January), between 8-11pm my friend's house was looted and their bike stolen from Yearsley Crescent (off Huntington Road) which was sadly flooded.

It is a distinctive bike, i.e. no branding as it has been built by hand so is of sentimental value. It is black with a black seat and chrome.

If you have any information about the possible whereabouts of the bike please either contact me or York Police Station (using the non-emergency number 101).

It would be greatly appreciated if you can share this on your Facebook pages too. Thank you for your help.

We've asked Claire if she can obtain further details of the bike from her friend, but in the meantime, as the saying goes, keep 'em peeled.


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.