Saturday 28 April 2007 8.27am
A bicycle is stolen every 71 seconds in England as new figures show nearly 440,000 were reported stolen last year.
And that doesn't include the bikes that were stolen from the people who were riding stolen bikes and couldn't report the theft!
The hotspots for thefts are central London, Kingston-upon-Thames in south west London, Cambridge and Bristol.
Almost 90% occurred when a cycle was left locked in public. Only 1% of bikes were taken from an owner's home.
My neighbour who has had two bikes nicked asked if he could borrow my bike occasionally and when I asked what happens if it's stolen he waffled, so I said no.
I won my bike in an Evening Standard competition and next friday in the ES,
Friday 4th May
Win a place on the London Etape Anglais
We have 10 places to be won to ride in the London Etape Anglais on Sunday 1st July 2007, which is the route used for the UK leg of the Tour de France. Plus, we have five road bikes to be won
courtesy of Cycle Surgery.