Sadly bike theft is all too common in Leeds. Here are some top tips for keeping your bike secure and what to do if your bike is stolen. Below is a gallery of bikes that have been reported as stolen so please keep an eye out for these.
Keeping your bike secure:
Record your bike’s frame number, it should be stamped underneath your bottom bracket, do this right now!
Lock your bike in a well-lit area near other bikes if possible.
Remove accessories & lights.
We recommend locking your bike with a D-Lock (also known as a U-Lock) to a secure fixing, make sure the lock is through the frame, and preferably through one wheel too
(around the rim is best). Here are two examples:
Kryptonite have more information on their website here
What to do if your bike is stolen:
Report it to the police, with your frame number. If you have bike insurance, you need to report the theft to the police within 24 hours of discovery. Then make sure you report it to your insurer.
Bike Shepherd post info to various networks about stolen bikes, you can register with them here, You can also create a stolen bike ad page with Bike Shepherd so you can share it around in different forums.
Search the web for your bike
There are various sites to help cyclists find their stolen bikes, below are some worth checking.
London based – http://www.bikeshd.co.uk/
Set up eBay and gumtree alerts (search for your bike e.g. dawes galaxy cross, then set alerts so you get emailed every time someone posts one of these)
Put up posters in local bike shops/email local bike shops,
Email us email@example.com and we’ll put up info on this page, please include photos and any defining features that would distinguish your bike from another bike of the same model.
Check the market & cash exchange places
Keep your eyes peeled!
If you see your bike online, contact the seller of the bike via text message and arrange a meeting. Then, contact the police and tell them where you’ll be meeting the thief.
If you see your bike/another stolen bike in the street, attach another lock to the bike, and call the police.
Bikes reported as stolen
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have seen any of these bikes:
Marin: Stolen 21st March 2018 – silver northside trail Marin with extensive replacement parts (described below)
Front forks replaced with unbranded black non suspension forks. Smooth road tyres with kevlar belting, fairly wide. Black full length mudguards, rear silver pannier rack. 3×8 road gearing. Almost all components are Shimano. Ci-deck rapid fire shifters, both slightly cracked. Silver pedals, with teeth top and bottom, no clip mechanism. The frame has/had moonglu stickers on it and was fitted with a single silver bottle cage.
Planet X pro carbon: Black frame, speedplay pedals, and gatorskin tires
Specialized Sirrus Hybrid: Black frame with some blue trim (2014 edition). Large size, has front and rear mudguards and lights, plus a pannier rack and a broken right pedal.
Dawes Galaxy Cross: The cassette has been custom made – It has a distinctive cassette/block made from 8 of the cogs of a 9 speed block. Cog 3 is missing so there is a LARGE jump between 2 and 4. The largest cog is a custom 36 tooth mega cog. It has a distinctive trailer hitch made from a piece of L section aluminium, which sticks out backwards like a shark fin. There is a threaded bolt on the tip of the fin. Green bottle cage, and apparently broken back light (it works) on the seat post, but may have been removed. The exceptionally small ‘granny’ gear on the front (20t) is not easy to see.
Gary Fisher Alfresco: Frame touched up with light blue paint
Specialized Crosstrail: Black, Large frame,
Cannondale Caadx Ultegra 2016: 51 cm, grey-green frame, has 2 bottle cages, saddle bag and bike pump mount (though these are all removable), it is fitted with a WTB Rocket saddle, wider than standard handlebars, Deda stem, non-stock bar tape by Lizard skin, specialised slick tyres, time pedals, FSA SLK carbon seat post.
Rose Pro DX 3000 2014: 54 cm, white frame, womens Selle Italia Diva saddle, brown scratch about 2/3rds way along the top tube, plastic tape around top tube to protect from a top tube bag, scratched brake top (think it is at the top of the right lever), time pedals, specialised slick tyres, 2 bottle cages (silver metal), ritchey stem, the paint on the cranks is quite worn, has a long cage Ultegra rear mech with a non standard 11-32 rear cassette!