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Bike shop owner says Christmas break-in may force him out of business

Appeal for information leading to return of five electric bicycles stolen from The Bicycle Den in Hebden Bridge over the festive period

The owner of a bike shop in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, has appealed for thieves to return five electric bicycles that were stolen over Christmas – and has warned them that without their keys or charges, the bikes ae useless.

The bikes were taken from The Bicycle Den, and owner Toby Rainland said in a post to the Calder Valley Flood Support Group on Facebook on Boxing Day that unless they are returned, he risks going out of business due to insurers demanding increased security measures at his expense.

The post was accompanied by CCTV images of the two men who broke into the shop, with some people commenting on the post employing their Photoshop skills to enhance the pictures – besides the one above, more can be seen on the same Facebook thread.

Three of the bikes stolen include the only Gepida Asgard 15” ever in the UK, painted blue, a 17" version of the same make and model, which is black, and a Volt Metro, coloured orange, of which there are only around 10 in the country.

Anyone who has information can contact The Bicycle Den on 07912 627483 or via this online form on its website.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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brooksby | 6 years ago
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So long as the bike shop declared everything properly when they took out the policy then the insurance company will have to pay out.

But given that this has happened, it seems reasonable that they can ask for additional security for them to be able  to renew the policy.

If your house gets burgled and you don't have an alarm, you can bet that renewal at the same amount will only happen if you then fit an alarm.

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shay cycles | 6 years ago
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I see we've got plenty of comments on here with little understanding, empathy or sympathy. When I got into cycling some of the major attractions were that cyclists were by and large understanding, sympathetic and empathetic.

I wonder how many people commenting here know the business involved or know the nature of the business?

I also wonder how many know the business was quite devastated by the floods just a year earlier?

It genuinely makes me sad to see the negative attitudes that have grown over recent years.

 

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Milkfloat | 6 years ago
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I am a bit confused, surely even if the bikes are returned the insurance company will want increased security? The bikes being returned and lack of security (now published countrywide) are seperate issues.

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Gozzy | 6 years ago
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Him? She's a woman. 

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mike the bike | 6 years ago
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A drunken 6-year-old, surely not?  Product of a broken home I expect, happens round here too.  Well, not quite round here but certainly on the other side of the tracks.  Standards are falling in this country, mark my words; we are going to hell in a handcart.  

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burtthebike replied to mike the bike | 6 years ago
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mike the bike wrote:

A drunken 6-year-old, surely not?  Product of a broken home I expect, happens round here too.  Well, not quite round here but certainly on the other side of the tracks.  Standards are falling in this country, mark my words; we are going to hell in a handcart.  

We're already in hell, it's just that not all of us have realised it yet.

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brooksby replied to burtthebike | 6 years ago
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burtthebike wrote:

mike the bike wrote:

A drunken 6-year-old, surely not?  Product of a broken home I expect, happens round here too.  Well, not quite round here but certainly on the other side of the tracks.  Standards are falling in this country, mark my words; we are going to hell in a handcart.  

We're already in hell, it's just that not all of us have realised it yet.

When I'm in my cups, I fantasise that this is all like in Jacobs Ladder: I died thirty years ago and everything since has actually been a hallucination in the last moments before my heart stops. Like I said: only when I've had a lot to drink...

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ianrobo | 6 years ago
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yes but no longer if no measures, thats the point, if you run a business you have to pay the costs surely ? It gets bloody difficult but we all bear costs of insurance, my household is enough because of the bikes I have ! 

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Kadinkski replied to ianrobo | 6 years ago
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ianrobo wrote:

yes but no longer if no measures, thats the point, if you run a business you have to pay the costs surely ? It gets bloody difficult but we all bear costs of insurance, my household is enough because of the bikes I have ! 

 

I've got no idea what you're banging on about. An independent bike store was burgled - he's asking for help to find the stolen bikes and/or perpetrators. Road.cc has a large readership of cyclists who may be able to help so they kindly published the article. The shop owner had insurance but that's not what this is about. I suspect you're drunk? Or 6 years old?

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Freddy56 | 6 years ago
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ignore the haters and big luck to the future. if you are nice to your customers , they will ssupport you in the rebuild

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Kadinkski | 6 years ago
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Also, outlaying the extra security expenses on the premises is problematic as Toby rents the building on a month to month basis.

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Kadinkski | 6 years ago
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He had insurance. Now he has been burgled his insurance company is demanding costly security measures in order to continue insuring him. Things like state of the art alarm systems, steel shutters etc are crazy expensive. Keep up. 

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ianrobo replied to Kadinkski | 6 years ago
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Kadinkski wrote:

He had insurance. Now he has been burgled his insurance company is demanding costly security measures in order to continue insuring him. Things like state of the art alarm systems, steel shutters etc are crazy expensive. Keep up. 

 

so as we all pay into insurance are you saying the ompanies should make an exception ? Sorry but thats life and what do you suggest insurance companies make an exception and he gets burgled time and time again because security is not good enough ?

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Kadinkski replied to ianrobo | 6 years ago
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ianrobo wrote:

Kadinkski wrote:

He had insurance. Now he has been burgled his insurance company is demanding costly security measures in order to continue insuring him. Things like state of the art alarm systems, steel shutters etc are crazy expensive. Keep up. 

 

so as we all pay into insurance are you saying the ompanies should make an exception ? Sorry but thats life and what do you suggest insurance companies make an exception and he gets burgled time and time again because security is not good enough ?

 

I was suggesting you read the article properly as you were wrong - he had insurance.

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Peowpeowpeowlasers replied to ianrobo | 6 years ago
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ianrobo wrote:

Kadinkski wrote:

He had insurance. Now he has been burgled his insurance company is demanding costly security measures in order to continue insuring him. Things like state of the art alarm systems, steel shutters etc are crazy expensive. Keep up. 

 

so as we all pay into insurance are you saying the ompanies should make an exception ? Sorry but thats life and what do you suggest insurance companies make an exception and he gets burgled time and time again because security is not good enough ?

 

Jesus you idiot, show some sympathy.  A man's livelihood is in jeopordy and all you can do is sit on your arse complaining about something that hasn't even happened?

Have a ride and a smile and shut the fuck up.

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ianrobo | 6 years ago
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due to insurers demanding increased security measures at his expense

S#@t so the rest of the public has to pay for his security, never nice to be burgled but his own fault he never had insurance, sorry thats harsh but thats reality.

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