If you're offered a Tacx trainer at a price that seems too good to be true, or find one on Gumtree or eBay, beware: it could be hot.
Tacx importer Fisher Outdoor warns that on Monday November 24 a lorry transporting Tacx trainers was broken into en route from Felixstowe.
The thieves made off with 299 electronic trainers with recommended retail prices from £300 to over £1,000.
All of the trainers can be identified by serial number, and Fisher says the police have been supplied with those numbers.
The stolen trainers are the following three models:
T2000 – Tacx i-Genius Multiplayer
T2200 – Tacx Flow
T2400 – Tacx Satori Smart
The i-trainers are specialist units and the new Satori Smart is in limited supply, only being available for the last two weeks.
Fisher is asking all cyclists, cycle stores and any other interested parties to contact them if they have any information regarding stock or had any contact from suspicious parties.
Please contact the firm on 01727 798 365 or customerservice [at] fisheroutdoor.co.uk or Essex Police.
Acknowledged by the Telegraph as a leading cycling journalist, John Stevenson has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc editor Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013 and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.