A man in Nanning, Guangxi Province, China has hit upon a novel way of ensuring potential theieves are deterred from trying to take his bike while he pops into the shops, with his golden retriever dog standing guard with one paw on the bike until he returns.
What's more, his four-legged friend, known locally as the 'bike-hugging dog' but who also goes by the name of Li Li, then jumps up onto the rear of the bike before issuing a bark to tell its owner that he's good to go, as shown in the video below.
In response to comments made to the YouTube video, user ALCREW who uploaded it has started a website aimed at securing a better perch for the pooch - it's ot clear whether Li Li's owner actually wants one or even knows about the video, but you can find out more at www.betterseatforthedog.com.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc 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.