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London cyclist highlights bike thieves' latest trick

If you see gaffer tape on a bike stand, check it hasn't been cut through...

A London cyclist has warned fellow riders to beware of parking their bikes on bike racks that have gaffer tape on them – because thieves are using it to hide the fact that they have cut through the metalwork to make it easy for them to steal bikes.

Pictures of a Sheffield stand that had been subject to that exact treatment were posted to Twitter by Sarah King, a Labour councillor for South Camberwell in London.

She added that fellow Labaour councillor Mark Williams was in touch with Southwark council to have the stand removed.

Here’s’s bike locking tips – to which we’ve added this latest trick by would-be thieves.

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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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