Lapierre Xelius 2014, carbon frame

, Early hours of Tuesday 12th July 2016, probably between 1:00 and 2:30,
  • Colour

    Black and White

  • Frame Number


  • Stolen From


  • Stolen When

    Early hours of Tuesday 12th July 2016, probably between 1:00 and 2:30,

  • Crime Reference Number


Bike Description

Ultra-light carbon frame, look pedals, titanium (gold coloured) chain, black "Pro" handle bar tape, red “Pro” handlebar ends, Look Keo pedals Actual bike is the one in behind the red one in the second picture. The photo showing the full bike is of the model, but not the actual bike.

Theft Description

Thieves crowbarred bike shed door open, and used bolt cutters to get through the various locks. A variety of different things were stolen from other properties in the neighbourhood on the same night, so it does not look like they were bike specialists.

Recovery Description

Facebook and the diligence of the South Wales police were the two major factors in the successful recovery of my bike. We'd posted personally, and had those posts shared by friends. We'd also posted on the pages of local bike and tri clubs. When a member of staff in a bike shop about 20k.m. away from us posted on Facebook about somebody trying to sell my bike in the shop, a facebook friend of ours saw it and notified us. All relevant information was passed onto the South Wales Police who did some great work to follow up and ultimately retrieve the bike. I had never taken down the serial number before the theft, but the bike did have a number of distinguishing features. I'd strongly advise any bike owner to get the serial number down and also get photos of all the things that make your bike stand out. As well as the more obvious reasons of identification I think that makes it a lot easier for the police to go ahead and put in the effort to act on information especially if they have to go looking for a warrant to search premises.