A number of independent bike shops have been targeted by thieves over the past fortnight or so, the latest being Corley Cycles in Milton Keynes, with 22 bikes worth around £70.000 stolen following a break-in on Sunday night.
Thieves also struck at JE James in Rotherham in late July and JC Cook Cycles in Grimsby last Thursday night, while Sunday saw an attempted break-in at 18 Bikes in Sheffield, although nothing was stolen on that occasion.
In a post on Facebook yesterday, Corley Cycles said: “We’ve had better Monday mornings.
“Please bear with us for the next couple of days, we were broken into last night.
“An awful lot of damage has been caused to the shop and circa £70k worth of stock has gone.
“We are open and need all of your support more than ever.”
The shop subsequently posted a list of bikes that had been stolen.
Trek Domane SLR 8 Disc 56cm Blk/Silver
Trek Domane SL 6 Disc 56cm Blk/Blk
Trek Domane SL 6 Disc 52cm Blk/Blk
Trek Emonda SLR 8 H2 54cm Rd/WH
Trek Emonda SLR 8 Disc 60cm Blk - Sil
Trek Emonda SLR 8 Disc 56cm Blk - Sil
Trek Emonda SL 6 Pro 58 Sil
Trek Emonda SL6 Pro 56 Sil
Trek Emonda SL 6 Disc 56 Sil
Trek Emonda SL 6 Disc 52 Sil
Trek Emonda SL 5 52 Blue
Specialized Diverge Sport 61cm Black/Red
Specialized Diverge Sport 54cm Black/Red
Specialized Diverge Comp 54cm Grey/Red
Specialized Diverge Comp 56cm Graphite/Black
Specialized Roubaix Sport 58cm Matt Black/White
Specialized Roubaix Sport 52cm Matt Black/White
Specialized Roubaix Expert 54cm Red/Black
Specialized Roubaix Elite 56cm Red/Black
Specialized Roubaix Elite 56cm Black/Black
Specialized Roubaix Comp 58cm Purple/Red
3T Strada Pro Aqua Blue Large
J C Cook Cycles also posted details of the bikes taken in last week’s break-in and is offering a bike worth £2,000 as a reward. It said: “As some of you may know if you have been into our Wilton Road store today we were broken into last night and have had 7 bikes stolen."
Those bikes are:
Orange 5 pro in fizzy orange large
Orange 6 E E-bike in charcoal grey (our demo)
Orange stage 5 in tropical blue large
Whyte S150-s in blue medium
Kross level one boost E-bike 18" 29er
Bergamont Revox 5.0 E-bike in yellow small
Trek Powerfly FS 4 E-bike in black 21.5
The company added: “Do not buy these bikes, get the information and let us know we would be extremely grateful.
“£2,000 bike given as a reward for information that leads to the conviction of the people in question and return of the bikes.”
JE James is also offering a reward after thieves targeted its Rotherham shop in the early hours of Saturday 28 July, with the company saying that “our main entrance has had the roller shutter forced open and main door smashed to gain access.”
The bikes stolen cost more than £11,000 at retail, and were:
Orange Four RS Fizzy Orange – Large
Orange Four RS Cyan Blue - Medium
Orange Four Pro Minion Yellow - Medium
The company added: “There will be a cash reward for any information that directly leads to the retrieval of these bikes.”
Finally, 18 Bikes, which is based in the Hope Valley in Derbyshire’s Peak District, was the target of an attempted break-in on Sunday night, with the shop saying that thieves caused “a bit of damage to a couple of bikes and made a mess of the door and security grille,” but left empty-handed.
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.