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STOLEN BIKE ALERT: Bristol motorcycle muggers steal £5,500 bike at knifepoint

Cyclist was assaulted on Monday on towpath beneath Clifton Suspension Bridge

Police in Bristol have issued an appeal for information as they try and track down a pair of motorcycle muggers who stole a £5,500 bike from a cyclist at knifepoint.

Avon & Somerset Police say that the Yeti Titanium Arc bike is one of only 20 thought to be in the UK and one of only 500 produced worldwide.

The bike has a Shimano XTR drive train, Fox suspension forks, disc brakes, a Thompson seat post and a Yeti-branded handlebar stem, plus red and black Mavic Crossmax SLR fitted with Schwalbe tyres.

The robbery happened at around 2pm on Monday 20 January as the owner cycled on the towpath from Avonmouth, heading towards Cumberland Basin.

The robbers, neither wearing crash helmets, rode past the cyclist on a blue and yellow four stroke motocross bike, then, as he cycled under the under the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the passenger jumped out and hit him on the head, making him fall off his bike.

He then produced a knife and demanded the victim’s phone and wallet, and when the cyclist said he did not have them, he searched his pockets then made off with the bike, alongside the motorcycle rider.

Police said that both men were white, describing one as “in his late teens, early 20s, of slim build and about 5ft 10ins with distinctive bushy eye brows, wearing a grey tracksuit bottom and top, black Nike style shoes and black leather golf-style gloves (vented on the back).”

The other, said to be slightly older, was described as “being about 6ft tall of heavy build. He was wearing a blue Adidas jacket with the hood up and grey tracksuit bottoms.”

Meanwhile, the motorcycle was described as “having a yellow front fender, gold forks, and yellow and blue tank with black tape and a white rear mudguard.”

Officers, who can be contacted on 101 quoting the reference number 5220015415 said: “We’re keen to hear from anyone who may be offered the bike or spots it or recognises the suspects or the motorbike they were riding from the above description.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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