A Bristol woman whose bike was stolen when she looked away for 40 seconds has pinched it back from the thieves, with help from police.
Liz, who did not want to reveal her surname, was leaving her house on Cheltenham Road when she realised her water bottle was still inside.
She left her bike outside for a few seconds, by which time she returned to find it was missing.
She told the Bristol Post: ”I was not expecting someone to be able to see the bike, let alone come in through the front gate, up the steps and into the garden area in the space of forty second.
“I ran inside and when I came out the bike was gone.”
She informed the police and began searching the local area, with no joy.
But cycling friends joined the hunt and one got in touch to say they had spotted two men buying a lock for a similar looking bike nearby.
Resourceful Liz began a hunt of all the city centre bike stands, finally happening upon her bike outside a Tesco Metro in Broadmead.
She added her own lock, and called the police.
She said: “I called the police and they assisted in removing the thieves’ bike lock once I had proved that it was my bike.”
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police said: “A Giant LIV mountain bike, predominantly blue with orange stripes, was taken from outside the informant’s flat in Cheltenham Road on 8 October between 11-11.16am
“It was recovered by police on same day at about 9.30pm that night and returned to the owner.
“Our enquiries are continuing.”
After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.