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Bike theft can be big business. The police have limited resources and 1 bike stolen is not a major crime, but if you could steal 5 a day and sell them on for £20 each that's easy money. No initial outlay means 100% profit. That's if sold locally. Posted online, Gumtree or ebay, a decent bike could sell for hundreds.

So, how do you deter your pride & joy from being chored by a sticky fingered, light footed ne'er do well. The most secure option is to keep it indoors if at home and take it into any building you visit when out. Unless you own a folding bike this isn't practical. Which means leaving it outside.

 Bikes are often left unlocked outside chip shops, bookies, newsagents, coffee shops and post offices. Granted many of these are of low value and in rural areas ( where theft is rare), but they still cost money to replace. Many of these thefts are opportunist and even using a lock from a pound shop can mean the difference between riding home in 10 minutes and walking home in 1 hour.

Don't lock the bike by just the front wheel, quick release ( q/r) levers mean you come back to find a very secure front wheel only.  Using two different types of lock makes it harder to steal ( different tools are needed to cut through them ). A cable lock running through the wheels ( especially if q/r ), attached to a D-lock  which is locked to a large immovable object . Don't lock around a 4' high bollard. Leave as little room as possible between the bike and what it's secured to, this prevents the use of poles used for leverage to pop the lock. Remove the seatpost if q/r or replace the q/r with a lockable bolt. Remember to remove any valuable equipment such as a GPS, high end lights or ebike batteries. Leave it locked in a high foot traffic area. Preferably near a cctv camera and under a lamp post. Never leave it unlocked in a secure stairwell, the service button for the postman and deliveries means everybody has access.

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If locking in a bike rack, leave it next to a bike with a cheap, easy to remove lock. Why risk spending minutes to cut a lock if you can get through one in seconds.

 Bike insurance is an option, but without the use a lock approved by the insurance company ( covered here soon) and A) proof that it was your bike B) secured in a well lit area and C) with a police report of the theft, it's unlikely that any recompense will be forthcoming.

Take photos of your bike, taking note of any parts that you've  replaced ( making it unique ),large dents or deep scoring ( impossible to hide) and the frame number ( usually stamped into the underside of the bottom bracket shell).This info will be helpful if it disappears. Inform your local second hand bike shop.

Finally, if buying a used bike, ask for proof of ownership or receipts from it being serviced ( anything that proves it is legitimate). Be wary of bikes with parts fitted from multiple brands e.g. Trek branded bars with Specialized stem, Giant seatpost , Carrera seat and mismatched wheels. "Heinz" bikes are often built from multiple stolen bikes to make identification difficult. If an £800 bike is being offered for £150 and it's in mint condition then walk away.

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Hi Raj.
 
I just wanted to thank you for your kindness and help.
 
My dad who is 72 bought himself and his wife a kit each a couple of years back and he says it is the best thing he has ever done.  He stops and tells anyone who will listen that buying the bike has changed his life. He already had a bike but found it such a struggle to do anything other than ride around the streets so he didn’t really bother. He heard about electric bikes and went on a mission to find the best. He settled on Cyclotricity.  He started off cycling a short distance and then using his throttle to keep him going whilst he had a little rest.  Soon his fitness improved and now he goes out for miles and uses the throttle less but loves having the freedom to take on long distances. 
 
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Shirley
Shirley
Dear Ben
 
I would just like to Thank you for the fantastic service that I received from your company. As you know I had an issue with my digital meter, I had a phone call from Ben at Cyclotricity the same day and this morning a new replacement had arrived.
This is fantastic service, I am so pleased that I purchased my bike through Cyclotricity. I will log onto your website and write a customer review and I am thinking in the summertime I may even purchase a electric bike for my wife, if and when I do I will certainly buy it through Cyclotricity.
 
Keep up the good work, I wish you all the success in 2017.
Normally people write in to complain but I feel that it's nice to tell people that they are doing things right.
 
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Christopher Mundy
Chris
Good evening guy's
What can I say ...
The service I have received from you both has made me feel sure that I have made the right decision in choosing your product and company to spend my hard earned money with, thank you both .. it really is very much appreciated . 
I have attached my signed De-restriction/ Throttle terms of use form to obtain the relevant information required.
I am looking forward to taking delivery of my new baby in the near future
Many thanks again guy's 
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Mark
Mark
Hi Raj,
 
I just want to thank you for all your support through this build. You were/ are a great help!! Thanks for getting the technical team involved where necessary!
 
I feel like I should hire a model to stand next to the bike, to be able to send you a very nice photo!! As it is I will be wise and you will appreciate it if the photo is only of the bike and doesn't have me anywhere near!!
 
Have a good day!
 
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