Another day, another theft. Another bike taken and yet more easy cash for the culprits. If you’ve ever had a bike stolen you know how it feels.
When I was 7 years old, I left my Raleigh Budgie outside Adam’s front door. We were playing inside. When I came back it was gone. My father drove us around and around, searching the streets of Heath and Cathays. But we never found it. In 2003 I had an Orange Sub-5 full suspension mountain bike pinched from our shed in Llandaff North. I came out one morning, unlocked the shed and the discarded remains of the lock were left on the floor. These thieves new what they were doing; they’d removed and replaced the door hinges to get in.
Its a vile feeling.
So every time something is taken, let’s ensure that we rattle all the cages and make it hard to shift a second hand bike unless there’s bloody good evidence that its not nicked. To date, several of the bikes that have appeared on these pages have been recovered. So here’s details of the latest bike we want back.
— I Loves The ‘Diff (@ILovesTheDiff) July 8, 2014
If you’re from South Wales, you will undoubtedly be familiar with ILovestheDiff (and if you’re not, checkout the website for a taste). Well Christian had his bike nicked yesterday. A bike that he’d recently had serviced, had enjoyed many an adventure on – including a fall under a London bus – and loved dearly. Let’s help him get it back. Details as follows:
Ancient men’s silver Ridgeback comet. 9 speed shimano cassette, brand new tyres (Schwalbe Landcruisers, pictured), new cables; the evidence of a recent shop service.
You can bet the accessories are gone – check out Cardiff’s hedgerows – but the rest will be the same.
If you come across a bike matching this description in the small ads, online auction houses, pawn shops or offered one by the bloke in the pub (you know the one), then please get in touch either via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via twitter @IlovestheDiff @cyclestuffblog
Meanwhile……..Always satisfy yourself that you’re buying a legitimate bike. One means of checking is by visiting the Check that Bike! website. If a bike feels like too good a bargain, you can almost certainly guarantee that it is.
Wherever possible, lock your rear wheel, front wheel and frame, using facilities that are within public and – where possible – CCTV view.