Yet another cycle stolen in Cambridge

Bicycle pictured with Sir Graham Bright six days before it was stolen

I was the victim of cycle theft for the seventh time on Friday 5 October when my trusty black Trek 7.3 FX was stolen from King Street, Cambridge. Locked to railings, it was stolen between 9pm and 1am while I was at the excellent Efes restaurant or afterwards at Champion of the Thames.

This is not the first time this bike has been stolen. It was stolen in 2010 but recovered when I spotted the miscreant who received (or stole?) it cycling it along Coleridge Road! That also wasn’t the first time I’ve got a bike back again: in 2006 the police found another bike of mine in a raid on a mass cycle thief. For this reason, while I don’t expect to get the bike back (there are still five bikes I haven’t had back), I know it can happen and won’t feel guilty about making a fuss – everyone who is a victim of cycle crime should make a fuss so that we can stamp out this menace.

Person who received stolen bicycle in 2010

Besides being stolen twice, this bike has also had stolen from it on separate occasions both wheels, a light fitting, the seat post and saddle, and lights.

Wheels stolen outside East Area Committee, May 2009

There are lots of bikes out there of this make and model – I’ve seen three this week – but as anyone knows who’s had a bike for almost five years I’d definitely know mine if I saw it again. Here are some identifying features:

  1. Replacement (2nd hand) gear shifters not black as per original.
  2. Chunky replacement pedals with set-in reflectors not like original metal ones.
  3. Black paint rubbed off around ‘K’ of logo on left where lock used to rub against it.
  4. Black close-fitting mudguards.
  5. Unpainted bell on left of handlebars.
  6. Rear reflector at top of seat post with Cat Eye light fitting underneath.
  7. Cat Eye light fitting on right of handlbar.
  8. A thinner, hard, saddle than original with front slightly worn.
  9. Not the original wheels – rims looking a bit worn.
  10. Replacement handlebar grips have wrist tabs at the end, have a metal collar and are starting to wear in the middle.
  11. Frame number is known.

If you think you might have seen it please get in touch with me on [N/A] and/or tell the police, thanks!

5 thoughts on “Yet another cycle stolen in Cambridge”

  1. How does this keep happening to you? You should paint ‘ANDY’S BIKE’ or something on the side of it. Mad Swedish Anna spray painted hers gold, even the rims. You could do it in blue with a union jack tree on the handlebars.

    Seriously, do you have an ABUS lock? I leave my bike in King Street for days, and it’s never been nicked, though it once made it halfway up the street by itself (I have my suspicions, Reece White).

  2. I like that idea! I use an Abus D lock, I think it’s one down from the toughest but has length so can be used in more places. Obviously it serves me right for drinking in the Champ!

  3. Use a chain and good padlock on the front and a good D-lock on the back so that the bike is secured to an object in two places. The specification of a ‘good’ lock is one that can’t be easily picked, popped with air or opened with a bic biro and includes most locks that cost more than £30. This prevents most no-tools bike thefts which rely on using the bike as a lever. Even a good D-lock or padlock can be broken by positioning the lock to be either pulled apart (by using the bike as a lever in a twisting motion to open the ‘D’) or pulled open (by using the bike as a lever to pull outwards against the lock). Fix the bike at the front and back and you remove the biggest lever (the length of the frame). Try to make it hard for the locks to be repositioned by not having too much slack and you can remove the other, smaller lever (the height of the frame).

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